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Published Saturday, February 29, 2020

Coronavirus Letter #1 - From Fr. John

Dear Friends in Christ,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

As pastor of St. John the Baptist, I take seriously the safety and well-being of all parishioners, students, faculty and staff, and all who visit our parish and school campus. This is specifically true at the celebration of Holy Mass and other liturgical celebrations. All of us are keenly aware about the current public concern about the transmission of the coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution and the recommendation of the Archdiocese of Portland, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School will impose added safety measures to prevent the transmission of any pathogen that would pose a risk to the safety of all who worship here at St. John the Baptist:

• Effective immediately, the distribution of the Precious Blood at Holy Communion will be discontinued at all Masses until further notice. I would like to remind all that whether you receive one or both Eucharistic species (Sacred Host or Precious Blood) the true, real, and substantial presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ is present in either species.

• During the Lord’s Prayer (the Our Father) and the Sign of Peace, any physical contact should be avoided for the time being. At the Sign of Peace, all our encouraged to give a head bow to your neighbors.

• If you are not feeling well and showing symptoms of any illness, please stay home. All Catholics who are ill are excused from Sunday worship out of respect and concern for others. Catholics who are ill are encouraged to make a spiritual communion during their time of illness.

In closing, I would ask that as a parish and school we pray for all those who have been impacted by the cold, flu, and coronavirus and we pray for all health professionals who work tirelessly and selflessly to tend to those who are sick.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the parish or school offices.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. John Marshall

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