Updates: Friday, March 13th, 2020
After conference calls with Gov. Newsom's office, Dr. Ferrer from public health and inquiry with the Archdiocese, we'd like to advise you of the following for St. John the Baptist, BP: Weekday, Saturday evening and Sunday Masses will continue to be celebrated as usual. However, Archbishop José Gómez has granted a dispensation, which means that it is not a sin if you do not attend Mass on Sunday March 15th, March 22nd, and/or March 29th, 2020. If you wish to stay home, you may participate in our liturgy by watching the livestream of one of the following Masses on Facebook or Instagram: Sunday at 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm.
Please do not come to Mass if you are sick or have a compromised immune system. Anyone over the age of 60 may opt out of Mass attendance for the time being.
During our Mass, we will implement the following to keep our parish community healthy:
We will not be offering the Blood of Christ at this time
All parishioners will receive the Body of Christ by hand during Communion
No physical contact during the sign of the peace
No holy water will be available
No choirs will be playing during Mass to reduce the length of Mass
No passing of offertory baskets (one basket up front in which parishioners may drop off their donations without touching the basket)
Eucharist Ministers will observe proper cleanliness and hand hygiene
St. John's School will be having a student-free day on Monday, March 16, to provide our faculty time on campus to prepare for online and other remote learning to ensure our students continue their learning in the possible event that the school closes.
School Bingo is cancelled until further notice.
Stations of the Cross will continue Friday after 5:30pm Mass.
Religious Education and Confirmation classes are postponed till further notice.
Please check with your group, organization or ministry leader if you have any questions regarding future meetings. Meanwhile they are postponed for March.
There will be no Sunday food sales for the rest of March With the coronavirus situation changing quickly, we will keep you up to date as best as we can on changes and practices of all activities here at St. John the Baptist. We will continue to consult with local authorities on this matter.
I ask all parishioners to pray to Our Blessed Mother at this time for strength and support by praying this prayer Pope Francis wrote: O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.