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COVID-19

masks requiredUpdate on activities at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

The City of Springfield and Greene County recently adopted the "Phase 3A Road to Recovery" orders, including requiring everyone over the age of 11 to wear masks when in public. 

City of Springfield Ordinance
Phase 3A Road to Recovery

The Mask Ordinance is in effect from July 16-Oct. 14, 2020. Please read the actual ordinance for the full list of exceptions. The ordinance makes these (and other) exceptions that are most relevant to gatherings at SEAS:

  • Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a Face Covering. Nothing in this Article shall require the use of a Face Covering by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to their health or safety because of a medical condition;
  • Persons who have trouble breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the Face Covering without assistance;
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or someone who is communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Speakers and performers while addressing and performing for a group of persons, provided the speakers and performers can maintain a distance of at least six feet from any other person.

The mask requirement extends to anyone attending a funeral or wedding at SEAS or to anyone attending a small-group meeting or other gathering at SEAS that may or may not occur in the sanctuary.
**According to the exception stated in the ordinance, masks are not required of bridal parties during the wedding ceremony or while they are being photographed.

Churches continue to be allowed to have 50 percent of allowed occupancy, provided the six-foot distancing between household groups is maintained. To provide for this spacing and additional, all Masses (daily and weekend) will be celebrated in the sanctuary.

SEAS will continue to live-stream Sunday Mass on our parish Facebook page. Our schedule is
9 a.m., Sunday
8:30 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
6 p.m., Wednesday
Use this link to Facebook
to see our parish page.

There will be baskets for your weekly contribution envelopes placed near the doors of the sanctuary for you to drop your gift. Or, you may continue to mail your envelope to the parish office (2200 W. Republic Road, Springfield, 65807), or use the online giving link on our parish website. We are grateful for your continued generosity. 

Click here to read Bishop Rice's letter dated June 16, 2020

Please see the information below for important details about what to expect when returning to Mass.

  • If you feel ill, have a fever or shortness of breath, or are coughing, or any of the frequent symptoms of coronavirus OR if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, we ask that you please stay home.
  • Please follow instructions given to you by our ushers and greeters.
  • For everyone's health and safety, we must adhere to six-foot distancing between family groups when entering and exiting the building, while seated in the pews, and when receiving Communion.
  • There are no missals in the pews, so please bring your personal copies of daily readings with you. You can find the readings for each at USCCB.org. We will have a limited number of our Breaking Bread and Choose Christ missals available for families to use and take home. If you pick up one, please take it home with you. The books cannot be left in the pews.
  • The Reservation Chapel will be open for private prayer. Please be mindful of the number of people present at any one time. The day chapel, however, will not be open.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will resume on Saturdays at 3 p.m. Or, you may call the parish office to schedule an individual time with Father Tom or Father Colby.
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has resumed on Mondays, 4-8 p.m., in the sanctuary.

If you need a priest or some form of assistance, please call the SEAS office at 417-887-6472
or email the parish office staff at [email protected].

Other elements of our parish life remain the same as during the stay-at-home order:

  • The Saint Vincent de Paul food pantry continues with distribution to those in need on Wednesdays. If you need food, please call the parish office, 887-6472, between 9:15 and 10:30 on Wednesday morning, to receive food that afternoon.
  • We’ve provided several links to online resources on this page to help you in your faith journey during this time of separation.

Symptoms of COVID-19
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Continue to visit our website for updates here, and if you have Facebook, be sure to follow our page and the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s page.

COVID-19 Resources
Springfield-Greene County Health Department 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Information
For seniors 60 and older: Senior Age Area Agency on Aging
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Missouri COVID-19 Information Hotline: 877-435-8411