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New MASS Details

Information for May 18th and Beyond

last update: May 20, 2020

Current Mass Information


Monday-Friday: 6:30 am
Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am

Saturday: 5:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:00 am, 8:45 am, 10:30 am, 12:15 pm

Livestream + Replay

Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am

Saturday: 5:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:00am, 8:45am, 10:30am, 12:15pm

Livestream + Replay

Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am

Saturday: 5:00 pm (Vigil)

Please Read Our FAQ’s Below

In-Church Mass FAQ's
Volunteers Needed

Msgr. Callahan Shares New Mass Details

(until further notice)

Church Access
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 2:00pm

Adoration Chapel Access
Open 24/7, chapel door (code # 1355)

10 persons maximum per Chapel and Church


Tuesdays: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (and by appointment)
Saturday: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

(until further notice)

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

1 person/family in the office at a time. Please limit time in the office

We encourage you to use the night drop box on the right side of the parish office building for small drop-offs

Additional COVID-Related INFO
Facebook Mass & Videos
Msgr. Callahans Messages
Online Giving - thank you!


Sign Up
under Create New Account enter “st. joseph cottleville” or G847QG

My Parish App (Holy Rosary Recordings)
Download Information (phone/tablet)

iBreviary:(Morning and Evening Prayer)
Download Information (phone/tablet)

Divine Mercy Chaplet: Daily Livestream at 2:00pm



St. Joseph will need hundreds of volunteer hours each week as we reopen our church.

This volunteer center will be updated throughout our reopening process. Please check back here frequently to volunteer. Many hands make light work. If we have plenty of volunteers, our reopening process will go smoothly and everyone will be safe and healthy.

All of the volunteer signup sheets (links below) are in Google Docs, and should work on most computers and smartphones. Please select a time below and add your information to the volunteer sheet.

If you have any difficulty signing up
email David Friedrichs at d_friedrichs@yahoo.com, or text/call him at (314) 703-5541 and David will sign you up.


We need volunteers to sanitize the pews in the church and chairs in the parish hall.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older, and can be assisted by volunteers aged 13 years or older. Volunteers must provide their own mask, everything else you need is provided by the church.

Watch the Training Video

During the week, and on Saturdays, all pews can be sanitized one time. We need 5-8 volunteers per day to show up at 9:00 am.

The weekly signup sheets can be accessed below. If you can sign up for a consistent day every week, or several days in a week, it will be very helpful.

(must watch prior to sanitizing pews)



On weekends, we have a very short time to get the work done, and there is more work to do than during the week, as such,
we need approximately 30 volunteers after EVERY Mass.

HELP with WEEKEND MASS – Additional Ushers

Weekend of May 23/24

Mass FAQ’s

Please refer to this page for any questions you may have regarding COVID-19 and returning to Sunday Mass.
This page will continue to be updated as we receive new information or as new questions arise.

If you have any questions regarding these directives, please contact the Parish Office at 636-441-0055

Download & Print FAQ's

Who can go to Mass?

Parishioners who have underlying health conditions or who are over 60 years old are STRONGLY encouraged to avoid attending Mass. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church. All are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church.

I don't feel comfortable going to Mass because of COVID-19. Can I still stay home?

The dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place for all Catholics in the Archdiocese until further notice.

Can I still watch Mass from home?

Our live stream Masses will continue for the foreseeable future, both Sunday Mass & Daily Mass

How many people can fit in church while social distancing?

We anticipate under 400 people will be accommodated in our church for Mass. Once church is “full”, parishioners may go to our Parish Hall where we can accommodate 100+ people. Mass will be live streamed in the Hall and Holy Communion will be distributed.

Which doors will be open to enter church and parish hall?

All church doors and parish hall doors (interior & exterior) will be kept open and hand sanitizers will be available at all doors of the church and parish hall. When the church fills, the doors will be closed, and overflow will be directed to the parish hall. When the hall fills, those doors will be closed. If you arrive early for the next mass, please stay in your car until the doors are open.

Will the Church be sanitized?

The church and parish hall (pews, chairs, restrooms, sacristy, door handles, etc.) will be sanitized after each Mass. Parishioners will not be allowed to enter the church until sanitization has been completed.

Do I wear a mask to church and the parish hall?

The faithful are obliged to wear their own mask upon entering church and the parish hall and during the celebration of Mass, except when seated in the pew and for the brief moment of receiving Holy Communion. CDC guidelines state that children under 2 years or anyone unable to remove their own mask should not wear them.

Can I sit with my family or do I still have to social distance?

Families may sit together in the church and parish hall. In the church, every other pew will be cordoned off. Families are requested to maintain a distance of 6 feet from the next family in a pew. In the hall, rows of chairs will be 6 feet apart and chairs within in the rows will be 1 foot apart. Two chairs should be left empty between families. Please do not move the chairs in the parish hall.

How will we receive Holy Communion?

Holy Communion will be received by hand only. Keep a distance of 6 feet from the person in front of you. Aisles will be marked where to stand. Leave your mask on to protect the communion minister and the other hosts they are holding. Bow and respond “Amen” as normal. Extend your hands to receive the host. After stepping away from the minister, remove your mask and consume the host, then replace your mask. No Precious Blood will be available until further notice. If you need a low-gluten host, special arrangements are to be made with the pastor.

Will the offertory baskets be passed around?

Collection baskets will be placed in the aisles of church & the parish hall. Please place your envelope in the basket prior to entering a pew in church or a row of chairs in the hall. You can always give online through Faith Direct.

Will the Sunday Nursery, Children's Liturgy of the Word, or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd be available?

Sunday Nursery, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be suspended until further notice.

How do we exit Church and Parish Hall?

Everyone should exit church in an organized manner, wearing masks and observing 6 feet distance between each household. After the recessional hymn, please leave the church building and parish hall immediately into the parking lot so the pews and chairs can be sanitized for the next Mass. Please do not linger in the gathering area.

Are there still Missals in Church?

The Missals will be removed from the pews. A printed worship aid with the music for Sunday Mass is available on our parish website. You are encouraged to print copies at home and bring them with you to church; limited copies will be available in church. We ask that you take your sheet home and recycle it.

Is Holy Water available?

Holy Water will not be out to make the sign of the cross when entering and leaving church until further notice. Although there is holy water in the baptismal font, please DO NOT use it.

Can we go back to having meetings/events at St. Joseph?

Meetings and events on parish grounds are still suspended until further notice. We encourage our organizations to continue online meetings through ZOOM.

Will Eucharistic Adoration begin on May 18th?

The Blessed Sacrament will still be unexposed until further notice. The Adoration Chapel will be open 24/7 for individual prayer. No more than 3 people in the Chapel. If the chapel is full, you may enter the church. The door code is 1355.

Will I be turned away if the Church and Parish Hall are both "full?"

Unfortunately, once the Church and Parish Hall are both full, we will not be able to accommodate additional people. We will be monitoring Mass attendance very closely as we return to public Masses and consider how best to meet the needs of our parish. We expect to learn a lot in the first few weeks and are grateful for everyone’s patience during this difficult time.

Will the doors to church be locked once Mass starts? How do we determine when church is "full"?

The Ushers will determine when the church has reached capacity based on social distancing guidelines. Once the church is full, the doors will be closed, and overflow will be directed to the Parish Hall.