COVID-19 Updates

St. James Catholic Church is open for public Masses! We are dedicated to preventing the transmission of COVID-19 so that our staff, parishioners, and visitors may celebrate their faith safely.

Latest Updates from the Archdiocese

Social Distancing Protocols Adjusted Starting March 31st

Along with social distancing and mask usage, it appears that the recent increase in vaccinations has led to a significant decline in COVID-19 new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, even as Texas has fully opened its economy. These successes are likely to continue as more people are vaccinated each week. It is very important that people continue to be vaccinated, and that this positive momentum not be lost.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Archdiocese of San Antonio has balanced the spiritual needs of the faith community with the serious physical dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, took swift, measured and appropriate action to protect the people of the archdiocese, and the archdiocese has continued to be vigilant for more than a year.

We must still remain vigilant, however, it seems prudent to begin to relax some of the restrictions which reduce the number of parishioners who can participate in the Mass and receive the Eucharist.

Beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2021, parishes may open all pews and reduce the social distancing requirements in the sanctuary from 6 feet to 3 feet.

It is to be emphasized that mask usage and thorough facility sanitation are still required in accordance with previous proclamations. Those protocols remain unchanged. Masks must be worn in church.

The archdiocese will continue to evaluate the health situation as more information becomes available and make appropriate changes to our guidelines as circumstances dictate.

Concerns about COVID-19 vaccines?

Listen to Archbishop Gustavo’s explanation of the USCCB’s statement concerning COVID-19 vaccines. Read the USCCB’s statement here.

“While Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be chosen over Johnson and Johnson’s where possible, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement March 2 that it is ‘morally acceptable’ to receive vaccines when ‘ethically irreproachable’ options are not available. 

“Given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good,” the statement said. 

The statement was an update to one released in December that echoed the Vatican’s statement, saying that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were morally acceptable despite their “remote connection to morally compromised cell lines” due to the gravity of the pandemic.”


Keeping with the Archdiocese’s pronouncement, we will continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols and guidelines for sanitation, social distancing, and face coverings as set forth by the Archdiocese of San Antonio above.

We also encourage everyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to help our community defeat and recover from this pandemic. To view vaccine clinic information and register for the vaccine waitlist in Seguin, please visit the City of Seguin’s website here.

Guidelines for Mass

  • All attendees are required to wear masks. While masks are provided at the church entrance, we ask that everyone please use their own masks when possible to conserve church supplies.
  • Please enter through the main church doors.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance. Please use before sitting in the pews.
  • Worship aids are available at the entrance. Missalettes and song books will not be available. Please take worship aids with you once Mass has ended.
  • Ushers will direct you to your seat. Please follow the ushers’ directions to ensure social distancing of 3 feet between households.
  • There will be NO: physical sign of peace; holdings hands during the Our Father; or chalice distribution.
  • Collections: baskets are available at the entrance to place your offerings. Alternatively, you may give online.
  • Blessed Sacrament may only be received in the hand.
  • After receiving the Eucharist, you may remove your mask to consume the host. Please promptly put your mask back on after consumption.
  • Remain seated at the conclusion of Mass. Ushers will dismiss each row.
  • Do not congregate at the back of the church or in the parking lot.
  • The church and bathroom is thoroughly disinfected between Masses.

PLEASE STAY HOME IF:

  • you have preexisting conditions or are immunocompromised;
  • you are feeling sick, suspect you may be sick, or have been exposed to COVID-19;
  • have a sick family member at home;
  • are over the age of 65 or are the caretaker of someone who is over 65 (you may attend Mass at your discretion, but please use prudence);
  • or if you aren’t ready to return to Mass.
  • If you are unable to join us for Mass in person, celebrate with us online!

Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is celebrated on Saturdays between 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m., before the 4 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass.

You may also call the parish office at (830) 379-1796 to make an appointment for confession.

Social distancing measures are in place and masks are required.


Faith Formation

Faith formation is back in session and taking the same precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the flu as we approach flu season.

To better serve our parishioners, we are offering both in-person Faith Formation opportunities and offering activities online or by correspondence when requested.

Steps we as a ministry are taking:

  • Masks, face coverings, etc. that will cover the nose and mouth at all times
  • Temperature checks upon arrival and entering activities
  • Health questionnaire
  • Social distancing
  • Continuous sanitizing

For youth and Confirmation, please visit the St. James Youth Ministry website.

Adult Faith Formation opportunities can also be found on our Faith Formation page.


For the convenience of St. James parishioners, we now have online giving available! View this post for a tutorial to get started with online giving today.

Please don’t forget to support your church at this time. We are able to continue offering Mass online only with your continued support.

With this option, you can set up a one-time offering, recurring gifts, and choose to give towards certain funds St. James has set up. You can give as a guest or create an account to keep track of your tithes and set up recurring giving. This option makes giving so much easier with being able to set it and forget it, or even change the amount you give when your circumstances change!

Create an account and set up your offering today!

Updates

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Thank you for your cooperation.
The Staff of St. James Catholic Church

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