COVID-19 Updates

Important Information Regarding Public Mass

Public Masses will resume next weekend on the Feast of Pentecost: May 30/31. 

You can read the statement from the Diocese of Madison here.

Please note the following protocol that will be implemented for our parish so you will know what to expect when you return.  Please be patient and cooperative with us as we put these safety measures in place.  

Please stay home if you are not feeling well, have COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID.  The obligation to attend Holy Mass is still lifted-the faithful who are in vulnerable categories (those persons over 65 years of age or with underlying health issues, etc.) are strongly encouraged to remain at home and not attend Mass due to health risk.

In accord with current public health recommendations, the faithful are strongly encouraged (but not required) to wear cloth face coverings when in public, including when they come to church.  Ushers and Extraordinary Ministers will be required to wear masks.

All Masses will be live-streamed on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sfajefferson 

Church will be open 30 minutes before Mass begins.  Please do not arrive sooner so our ushers can be in place.

The front doors and the new handicap accessible entrance will be the only doors you can enter at St. John the Baptist.

Holy Water has been removed.

Ushers will take you to a pew-filling the front first.  Every other pew will be roped off. Please distance you and/or your household 6 feet from another person/household in the same pew.

Fr. Tom will come to your pew to distribute Holy Communion.  Holy Communion may be received in the hand or on the tongue.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will distribute to anyone sitting in their cars during Mass who may not feel comfortable being in church or if we have reached capacity due to spacing.  

No Sign of Peace.

No books or hymnals will be in the pews. 

Baskets for your offering will be in church-no collection will be taken.

Ushers will dismiss at the end of Mass starting with the pews closest to exits. Please wait your turn.  Ushers will distribute bulletins as you are dismissed.

No congregating before or after Mass.