COVID-19 Virus Response
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
The global spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, has become a focus of attention and concern for many of us. Therefore, it is important for you to know what actions St. John the Divine is taking to ensure the health and safety of our parishioners.
- Frequently touched surfaces such as the altar rail, pew backs, door handles, rest rooms, tables, and countertops are being cleaned with a 1% bleach solution or other anti-viral products in both the church and parish hall.
- All Holy Water fonts have been emptied and will remain so until such time as it can be determined that the danger of the epidemic is past.
- Hand sanitizer is being made available at the front and side doors to the church and at the door to the parish hall.
- Disinfectant soap is available in all restrooms.
- Tissue will be available in each pew.
- During Lent it has been our custom to suspend the Passing of the Peace and this will continue until further notice after Lent.
- Bishop Reed has directed that administration of the Eucharist will be in one kind only and the chalice will remain on the altar.
- All our masses are broadcast via Facebook Live every Sunday at 10:30AM.
- Fr. John Munson is available day or night for Holy Unction, home Communions, visitation and prayer. He can be reached at 817-371-7000.
As a parishioner there are several things you can do to help stop the spread of the virus.
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and warm water rubbing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. An easy way to count 20 seconds is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- If you or anyone in the household is not well or running a fever – stay home and remain at home for at least 24 hours after all symptoms have disappeared.
- Refrain from touching your face, eyes and mouth.
- Cover coughs with a tissue. Carry tissues or use those provided at church. Dispose of the tissue promptly and wash your hands as soon as possible.
- If you, or a family member, have a compromised immune system, underlying medical condition (diabetes, heart disease or chronic lung disease), or if you are in an at-risk population group (particularly 60+) please stay home.