Coronavirus Update

Published on Mar 6th, 2020 by Jeremy Vest | 0



3/20/2020 UPDATE:

Dear Faithful,

Effective immediately, due to the Public Health Emergency – COVID 19 and in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, we are curtailing our office hours,Outreach and church hours as we begin to practice “social distancing”

The new office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
If you cannot make it to the office during the new working times please call the office at 386-445-2246.  We are committed to due our best to assist your needs to the best of our ability at this time.

During this time the scheduled confession times have been suspended. If you are in need of confession please call the office to schedule an appointment with one of our priest or you can stop by during office hours.

Effective immediately the church will be open from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This will allow for private prayer.

The Outreach Office will continue to operate at this time.  The hours of operation are M, W, and F, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

We can not stress enough, if you are not feeling well please stay home.  Your well being and health are of the most importance.

Let us continue to pray together as we face this health and economic crisis together.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton pray for us.

3/17/2020 UPDATE:

Bishop Felipe Estévez has announced new liturgical accommodations to limit the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) among the faith community of the 17-county region of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Bishop Estévez has directed that, effective immediately:
-All public Masses are suspended in the churches and chapels of the Diocese of St. Augustine until March 31. This is for all Masses both weekday and Sunday public Masses.
-Priests will still offer the Sacrifice of the Mass daily (BUT without participation by the faithful) for the needs of the Church and the world, especially as we face the present realities of the pandemic.

The coronavirus is causing hardship for our people and our parishes, both spiritually and financially. Our churches will remain open during the day for the faithful who want to visit and pray. Your parish brings you the light of Christ. Please help keep the light shining by giving through your parish’s online program, app, or mail an offering to your parish office.

Bishop Estévez has asked us to pray for all those who have been affected by the coronavirus, and in a special way for those who have died due to this world-wide pandemic.  To view options for listening to or viewing the Mass online or on the air, visit


Following the guidelines of the diocese, Stations of the Cross will be cancelled.  The scheduled confessions for March 23, 24 and 25 will be cancelled.

Remember that you can view the weekly bulletin from myParish app, FB and the website.

3/16/2020 UPDATE:

Dear Faithful,

With regrets this message is to inform you that due to the COVID 19 – Coronavirus, the SEAS Lenten Retreat has been cancelled. In addition, the parish Lenten Penance Service is cancelled as well.

In lieu of the parish Lenten Penance Service, Fr. Arul and Fr. Bart will be offering individual confessions on March 23, 24, and 25th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the church. You can also call the office for an appointment for confession.

Also, PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) classes and youth ministry (middle school Edge and high school FUSION) events have been cancelled through March 31st.  Updates will be posted when available.

As a reminder, if you are running a fever, have a cough and are short of breath or just not feeling well please stay home. These are uncharted waters that we face ourselves in and we ask that you continue to pray for healing from this virus.

Please share this information. We will continue to keep you posted if any other changes occur.

UPDATE, 6:30 PM:  The Friday Fish Fry has been cancelled.  Please help us spread the word.

3/12/2020 UPDATE:

Dear Faithful, this message is sent as a reminder; the following recommendations are being taken and put in place by Bishop Estevez as temporary precautionary measures commencing immediately during this uncertain time of the Coronavirus.

1. Suspending the Precious Blood, knowing that one receives the fullness of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the consecrated host.

2. Distribution of Holy Communion is to be on the HAND only.

3. Suspend the physical sign of peace.

4. No holding hands during the Our Father.

5. Holy Fonts will be emptied.

It is strongly encouraged that if you are sick please stay home, missing Mass is not a sin if you are sick.

Also the best practice in any time of illness is to practice good hygiene by washing your hands often.

Finally, let us all join together in prayer for those that have been affected by the virus, those that have lost their lives and those that are working on creating a vaccine to fight the virus.

3/6/2020 UPDATE:

During this time of the Coronavirus the decision has been made to temporarily suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood, knowing that one receives the fullness of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Consecrated Host.

The reception of Holy Communion is recommended to receive in the hand.

In addition, the exchange of the Sign of Peace should be offered without any physical contact. Rather a proper bow of the head would suffice.

3/5/2020 UPDATE:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Jan. 30 :
“For the general public, no additional precautions are recommended aside from simple daily precautions that everyone should take. Take the same precautions as you would to prevent the flu.”

What is novel coronavirus?
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new virus that first spread in people in December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness an pneumonia in some people.

How severe is it?
Experts are still learning about the range of illness from novel coronavirus. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported in older adults who had other health conditions.

How does it spread?
Like the common cold or flu, it is spread from an infected person to others through:

-The air – by coughing and sneezing (use a tissue and discard it afterwards)
-Close personal contact, touching or shaking hands (wash often and use sanitizer when necessary)
-Touching an object or surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes (wash you hands often!)
-Reduce the Risk in our Parishes

Parishioners who are sick should stay home. Missing Mass is not a sin if you are sick. Parishioners with compromised immune systems should follow the direction of their physicians.

Please share this information and if any other changes happen we will keep you posted.