COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Archbishop Carlson has issued a statement today that all public Masses have been suspended effective immediately...

"Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has suspended all public Masses immediately. This decision from Archbishop Carlson follows many conversations with his advisory team, and health and government officials. Pending further updates on the spread of COVID-19, parishes within the Archdiocese of St. Louis have preliminary plans to resume Masses beginning April 6; however, he will re-evaluate at a later date.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis offers live-streamed and televised options for Holy Mass. Some other parishes also have the capability to live-stream Masses, and parishioners are encouraged to check with their parish offices. The Office of Communications and Planning will share live stream Mass times on archdiocesan social media accounts."

What does this mean at St. Peter?
  • - Live-stream for Masses at St. Peter will be available online. Please see details below ***
  • - The Divine Mercy Chaplet is cancelled on Monday nights until further notice.
  • - All on-campus events including Masses are cancelled until further notice.
  • - Additionally, In an effort to adhere to the CDC guidelines and strong recommendation of social distancing, our parish offices will be closed for in-person business.
  • - Please call the parish office or email the appropriate staff member for the following:
Msgr. Jack Costello – jcostello@stpeterkirkwood.org
Father Paul Hamilton – phamilton@stpeterkirkwood.org
Msgr. Greg Schmidt – gschmidt@stpeterkirkwood.org

For any other questions or concerns, please call 314-966-8600 or email info@stpeterkirkwood.org

We believe this is in the best interest of our priests, staff and parishioners’ health and safety. If you are an older adult or have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, please stay home. 

Sacraments at St. Peter


Reconciliation will be held at its regular time on Saturdays, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm. We are exploring options for offering additional times and possibly sign-ups for times so we can ensure social distancing by not having too many people at once. It will be take place in a space within the church that allows for both privacy and social distancing to ensure the health department’s social distancing guidelines. Once logistics are confirmed, there will be instructions communicated.

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will remain open for prayer. Enter through the prayer garden on the east side of the church. It is being cleaned thoroughly every day. We ask that you use the disinfecting wipes that are in the chapel to clean surfaces that you touch.

Anointing of the Sick - If you are requesting anointing of the sick, please call the rectory at 314-966-8600 to make arrangements. 

Masses:
  • - All public Masses in the Archdiocese have been suspended immediately.
  • - All Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are dispensed from their Sunday obligation for the next three weekends (March 14-15, March 21-22, March 28-29). Anyone who is sick, elderly, or vulnerable to illness due to a preexisting medical condition is urged to remain at home.
  • - You can participate in the Mass by watching on TV or online via channels such as CatholicTV.org or EWTN.
  • - Catholics who attend Holy Mass are not required to receive Holy Communion more than once per year. No one is under any obligation to receive nor distribute Holy Communion. Catholics who choose to temporarily refrain from receiving Holy Communion may make an act of Spiritual Communion, uniting themselves worthily to our Lord’s true presence in the Most Holy Eucharist through prayer.
  • ***  We will be live-streaming Masses on our St. Peter Parish Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/STPKirkwood/. Weekday morning Mass will be live-streamed every day at 8:15 am.  On Sunday, our live-streamed Mass will take place at 10:00 am. 
    - You DO NOT have to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream!
    - Please note, if you are prompted to make a Facebook account and do not want to, select "NOT NOW" at the bottom of the prompt. You will be able to see the page once you close that box.
    - You can access the live stream on your phone, desktop computer, laptop, or tablet.
    If you do not see our videos immediately on the Facebook page, scroll further down the page.
    - You can also access the live stream through this link... https://st-peter-catholic-church.freeonlinechurch.com/live
    - You can see a list of the previous recorded Masses here...   https://www.facebook.com/pg/STPKirkwood/videos
    - We hope to have the daily rosary on video and the Stations of the Cross available for you through this format as well. Stay tuned for more information.
Recently canceled events:

ALL ON-CAMPUS EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 16-22.
Updates will follow on future dates.
  • - There will be no Sunday School on Sunday, March 15 and Sunday, March 22. Future dates will be determined within the next week.
  • - 50+ Club Board Meeting on Monday, March 16 - Canceled
  • - 50+ Club St. Patrick's Day Potluck on Wednesday, March 18 - Canceled
  • - Knights of Columbus Council 2117 Centennial Celebration on Saturday, March 21 - Canceled
  • - Alzheimer's Panel Discussion on Monday, March 30 - Canceled
Additional updates and information:
  • - If your ministry plans to cancel a meeting or event scheduled at St. Peter, please contact Christy Patritti at cpatritti@stpeterkirkwood.org to assist with communications.
  • - St. Peter School updates will be communicated to parents by our school principal, Dr. John Freitag.
  • - St. Peter Parish School of Religion updates will be communicated to parents by our PSR Principal, Susan Lueker.
  • - The latest updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as all preventative measures, can be found on cdc.gov
During this time when we are separated physically, we continue to strive to stay connected spiritually with all of our parishioners. If you have family, friends, or neighbors that are not currently receiving our email communications, please forward this to them and encourage them to sign up to receive email notifications from our parish by visiting https://stpkirkwood.flocknote.com/everyone.

We will continue to communicate any changes, cancellations or any other important information in the coming days and weeks. We appreciate your support, patience, and prayer as we navigate through this challenging time! We continue to pray for each one of our parishioners for your health, peace, and well-being.