Dear Parishioners,
The St. Louis Archdiocese strongly encourages all of us to get the vaccination against the COVID-19 virus to help fight the latest surge.  Vaccinations are an important tool in caring for both our own health and the health of those around us.  
If you, or someone you know, has not yet been vaccinated but is interested, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be given at St. Matthias Parish Center, 796 Buckley Road, on Friday, September 3, 2021, from 10am - 2pm.  The second dose of the vaccine will be available at St. Matthias Parish Center on September 24, 2021 from 10am - 2pm.
St. Matthias Parish is solely providing the location for this clinic.  The St. Louis County Health Department will be fully operating the clinic, providing medical professionals, distributing the vaccines and scheduling the follow-up appointments.  
We continue to pray that all stay safe from this virus!  Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Sr. Ruth
Father Bob Reiker, Pastor
RE:  Latest Guidelines for Mass from the Archdiocese
In response to the May 14, 2021 guidelines from the national Center for Disease Control, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is issuing the following instructions:
Mask Mandate:
        If parishioners are fully vaccinated, they are no longer required to wear a mask in church during Mass.  The Mask Mandate remains in place for those not yet vaccinated or who choose not to be vaccinated.
Social Distancing:
        Capacity restrictions and social distancing measures are able to be determined by each parish.  Here at St. Bernadette's we encourage people to spread out as evenly as possible - even all the way up to the front pews.
        Archbishop Rozanski is presently leaving in place the dispensation from the obligation of participating in Sunday Mass, but will soon be reevaluating this decision.
Other Liturgical Protocols:
        The offering of the Precious Blood at Holy Communion is still suspended.  The Sign of Peace is permitted, but only in a non-contact manner (which is what we have been doing anyway).  The holy water fonts are still not to be used.  Nor will there be a passing of the baskets for the collection.  We are starting now to place the current missalettes and hymnbooks in the pews, to assist our participation at Mass.
        Please keep in mind that the spread of COVID-19 still remains a serious concern for all of us.  You are encouraged to be considerate of others in the pews who might still be utilizing masks.  The Church is a place of welcoming, mercy and rest for souls weary of this pandemic.  So we continue to be a people of prayer who have confidence that God will see us through to the end of this seemingly endless struggle.
St. Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us!  Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
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