March 17, 2020
Statement of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Regarding Cancellation of Public Masses in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
In conjunction with the bishops of Kansas, effective 1 p.m. March 17, 2020, and until further notice, all public celebrations of the Holy Mass in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas are cancelled except for funeral Masses. Funeral Masses must be limited to no more than 50 people, including clergy, assisting ministers, family members and friends. No funeral luncheons may be held. A funeral liturgy outside of Mass must be limited in size as above. In addition to celebrating the funeral Mass or funeral liturgy outside of Mass, families and pastors are encouraged to schedule Memorial Masses for their loved ones in the future, when public health restrictions are relaxed, so that larger numbers may gather if desired.
All communal penance services are cancelled. Priests should continue as much as possible to offer individual confessions at regularly scheduled times, including Wednesday evenings during Lent. Confessions are to be heard only behind a screen or other barrier and not face to face. At no time should there be more than 50 people gathered in the church.
Baptisms may continue but only parents, godparents and immediate family members who are asymptomatic may attend, and in no case more than 50 people.
I encourage all of the faithful to continue to join together in prayer for the health and protection of our entire community and nation, and for an end to this crisis. I encourage all families and individuals to pray the rosary, invoking the intercession and protection of our Blessed Mother, Health of the Sick, for these intentions and for the health and well-being of our brothers and sisters who are ill, for their caretakers, and for all doctors, nurses, medical and emergency preparedness personnel and elected officials. I encourage pastors, as much as possible, to post hours that their churches will be open for private prayer with our Eucharistic Lord present in the tabernacle. At no time should there be more than 50 people gathered in the church.
Do not come to any of the above if you are sick, if you have been exposed to the coronavirus, if you suspect you have been exposed or if you have been advised by a doctor not to go out in public or attend public gatherings.
Mater Dei Parish - UPDATE ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be prevalent in the media and minds of our community. Mater Dei Parish along with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, is closely monitoring official updates and will follow any recommendations provided by the CDC and local health authorities. We encourage all Mater Dei parishioners, students, staff, and families to follow the CDC prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of respiratory disease (shown below).
Our team will continue to prioritize our health resources and keep our Parish community informed should our protocol change. Please continue to check this page and the below supporting links for updates.
Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas
CDC PREVENTION GUIDELINES:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
Mater Dei Catholic Parish (Latin for Mother of God) was established on July 14, 2006 by the merging of Assumption and Holy Name Parishes in downtown Topeka. Masses continue to be celebrated at both churches.
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Regular Weekday & Weekend Mass Schedule
Assumption Church: NO MASS
Holy Name Church: 5:00 PM
Assumption Church: 8:00 AM & 5:00 PM
Holy Name Church: 10:30 AM
Assumption Church: 12:00 PM
Holy Name Chapel: 8:00 AM
Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 PM at Holy Name