May 15th Update on Saint Simon Resuming the Public Celebration of Sacraments
Brothers and Sisters,
I bring you tidings of great joy! Tomorrow at 7:30 am the church will be unlocked and available for private prayer. From Saturday May 16th through Friday May 22nd the church will be unlocked from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. Beginning Saturday May 23rd we will return to our normal operating hours for the church being unlocked.
Confessions will be heard on Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th beginning at 10 am and will continue until all confessions have been heard. Our normal confession schedule will resume on Tuesday May 19th. Please also know that you can always schedule a confession with Father Doug by emailing him at
. Until further notice confessions will be held in the cry room as it provides more room for social distancing than our normal confessional. Please line up for confessions in the narthex keeping six feet between you and the person in front of you in line. Please follow the directions laid out in the narthex. All penitents should wear a mask.
The parish office will reopen on Monday May 18th and will resume its normal operating hours. All those visiting the parish office should wear a mask and observe social distancing.
On Tuesday May 19th we will resume our normal adoration schedule. All those coming to adoration should wear a mask and observe social distancing.
On Tuesday May 19th we will resume our normal Daily Mass schedule. Until further notice Daily Mass will be held in the church. All those coming to Daily Mass should wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Beginning Tuesday May 19th we will be able to celebrate baptisms once again for those who are not in danger of death. If your child needs to be baptized please fill out the baptismal form and submit it to the Parish Office. Amy Zimmermann can be reached at
. Please contact Kerry Schlimgen at
to register for Parent Baptismal Classes.
In previous communications I stated that we were planning on trying to return to Sunday Mass on the weekend of May 23rd and May 24th. That is no longer an option as Mayor Hogsett has said in-person religious services in Indianapolis cannot exceed 25 people until June 1st. This means that we are now targeting the weekend of June 6th and June 7th as the weekend in which we will return to Sunday Masses. This of course is contingent on Mayor Hogsett lifting the 25 person limit. To my knowledge the Mayor has not published what he plans on doing June 1st, only that the 25 person limit is in effect until at least then. A communication on what to expect when we return to Saint Simon for Sunday Mass will be released as we approach that date.
As you can see from the above communication when we return we are asking that people wear masks. We realize that not everyone has a mask. That is where you can help! If you have masks that you can donate we would love to make them available in the narthex for people who do not have them. If you have masks to donate you can drop them off at the parish office Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
At Saint Simon we have worked hard to keep our campus clean and will continue to do so. Even with those efforts every individual must understand that you are assuming some risk in returning to Saint Simon. The coronavirus is still active and it is not always immediately clear that someone has contracted it and studies show many people contract the coronavirus and never show symptoms. With that in mind
people who are 65 or older and/or have pre-existing medical conditions are strongly encouraged to stay at home at this time.
Archbishop Thompson has extended the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass until August 15th. Saint Simon will also continue to post weekday and weekend Masses on our YouTube page. All members are reminded that if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of sickness, they are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass and out of charity for the rest of the community they ought not attend. If you have tested positive for the coronavirus please do not attend Mass or come to Saint Simon’s campus until you have been cleared by your doctor to do so. If you are not comfortable in returning to Saint Simon’s campus at this time please do not feel any rush to return. We are ready to greet you when you are ready. The last thing we want is for you to feel uncomfortable at Saint Simon.
Let us continue to pray for one another!
Fr. Doug Marcotte
on Friday, May 15 at 1:56PM