March 16, 2020 Dear Parishioners, In order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in our community, Archbishop Robert Carlson, in collaboration with the leadership of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and local health officials, today issued the following mandates, effective immediately: 1. The public celebration of Holy Mass is suspended with preliminary plans to resume beginning Monday, April 6th. 2. The dispensation given for all Catholics in our Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is now extended through April 5th. 3. All public celebrations of the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, and all other group services, Bible studies and activities (Fish Fries, retreats, meetings, etc.) are to cease. 4. Weddings, Funerals, and Baptisms will continue but in a simplified manner and scope at the discretion of the parish priests. The latest public statements and information from the Archdiocese regarding COVID-19 can be found at www.archstl.org/coronavirus. In light of the new mandates, the following will occur here at Holy Infant, effective immediately: 1. Msgr. Mike, Fr. Burkemper, and I will continue to celebrate Holy Mass daily, praying for you, your families, and our world in this time of great need. The Mass intentions scheduled for these days will be offered as planned. Though we cannot be united at Mass physically, we can certainly do so spiritually. I encourage you to daily make a Spiritual Communion with the celebration of Holy Mass and especially so on Sunday to keep the Lord’s Day holy. 2. We are working to set up a livestream for the celebration of Mass from our Church for the following three Sundays. More information will be forthcoming concerning this as it is available. 3. At this time, Holy Infant Church will remain open for personal prayer, devotions and confessions. The main Church will be open during normal daytime hours in order to ensure proper social distancing, and our chapel will continue to be open 24/7 using the access keypad. All are welcome. We strongly encourage you and your family to turn to our Lord in prayer in this time of global need. 4. Perpetual Adoration is suspended until further notice. Eucharistic Adoration will be offered in the main Church on Tuesdays from 9:00am until 5:00pm. 5. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered by appointment only. The regularly scheduled times have been suspended. Please call the Parish Office to schedule a time for Confession. All three priests are here to serve you and your family. 6. The Sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion will continue to be celebrated with the sick and the dying. Please contact the parish office if you or a loved one desires these Sacraments. They are of great importance, especially for the dying. 7. The weekly collection remains absolutely essential to our parish operations. Even though we will not gather physically for Mass, please continue to give via Faith Direct or by bringing or mailing your contribution to the Parish Office. These are truly unprecedented times for us all but by continuing to trust in the Lord and turn to Him in prayer we, in Faith, will make it through this period of trial. I will continue to keep you updated via our parish connection points: Flocknote, the parish Facebook page, the parish website (holyinfantballwin.org), and the school website (holyinfantschool.org). Mary, Health of the Sick and our Mother, pray for us. God’s blessings upon you and your family. Fr. Ed Stanger