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4030 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan, MN 55122  651-454-2079
Daily Masses
Monday: 12:00 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm 
Wednesday: 12:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm

8:30 am
1:30 pm

Sunday Masses                    
Saturday:  5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am
 11:00 am


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SJN Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: May 24, 2020:

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ...

As Jesus sits at the right hand of his Father in heaven, we have the Holy Spirit among us to nourish our Faith. We can call on the Holy Spirit to guide us and seek unity rather than being paralyzed by fear.

The Governor and the bishops have come to an agreement and the reopening of our parish is no longer in the realm of civil disobedience. Our Worship Space offers 107 spaces in compliance with stringent social distancing guidelines that can accommodate a maximum capacity of 250 people.

Remember, the dispensation from the obligation to be physically present at Sunday Mass remains. Our most important command to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves involves the charity to avoid endangerment to self and to others.

A few days ago, I spoke of saints historically on both sides of many divisive issues. They are the ones in pursuit of what is good for both sides; in a polarized world, our Churches are a place where these saints can find each other through their belief in God's ultimate righteousness.

Our Churches are specifically intended to bring Easter Good News to this Good Friday World and to keep our trials in perspective – the destiny of Faith is eternal fulfillment. In Faith our gift of life through this valley of tears makes sense. Christ Jesus experienced the sort of distress that we are experiencing and rose from the dead to reveal the outcome of suffering and death that we are called to share.

I had many years in the service and transportation industry. I remember how the procedures of air travel changed because of terrorism. Now that we are being terrorized by a virus, our worship is going to look different for a while.

As a priest, I never expected the unfortunate inconveniences now associated with air travel to become necessary for worship. Expect changes: the situation remains fluid as we gain knowledge through the political noise of COVID-19.

Starting next weekend, attendance opportunities for Sunday Masses will be available by reservation. You may request a reservation by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the parish office. If requests exceed availability, active SJN parishioners will have priority for reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation deadline will be Thursday morning at 9:00 AM. You may request space for members of your household only. We will need to know if you are a parishioner, how many will attend, and how many are children. We ask that you do not seek a reservation if you are advanced in years, have weakened health, or a pre-existing condition.

On Thursday night or Friday morning you will receive an email assigning your spot in the Worship Space that you must bring to Mass. If you do not have an email address and have made your reservation by calling the parish office, we will notify you by phone that we will have a ticket for you to pick up.

You will present your ticket to an usher and proceed to your assigned spot no later than five minutes before Mass. At that time, the congregation will receive a safety briefing about the many unusual liturgical adjustments mandated by current guidelines. Some examples include a temporary prohibition on congregational singing and reception of the Eucharist after Mass concludes. Once in the Worship Space, you may not be readmitted if you leave and you will be expected to remain until Mass is ended. Because length of time may be an exposure issue, the Mass itself will not exceed 40 minutes. As we gain experience, processes will be refined.

I remind you that the bishops have clearly emphasized that the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass remains dispensed for all; those who are at risk or who believe they are at risk to themselves or others should not attend. With or without a dispensation, please do not attend Mass when you are sick or believe you may be in danger or a danger to others.

We will continue to have information available to you across all our communication channels and will keep these updated regularly. As always, you can also call us for latest information.

Until further notice, the vigil Sunday Mass will be at 5:00 PM on Saturday, and Sunday Masses will be at 8:30 and 11:00 AM. Remember, you must be at your assigned spot no later than 5 minutes before Mass is scheduled to start.

Daily Mass at Noon on Monday through Friday will be first come-first served with access closing at 11:50 AM. You will be required to sign-in and to identify yourself with contact information. One additional Mass with similar procedures will be scheduled on Saturday, June 6, at Noon.

Our re-opening plan will be revised if it is discovered to be unsafe. We will try to provide as much advance notice as possible of any change. We intend to comply with all state guidelines including the revised numerical limits during Mass. Outside of Mass, numerical limits set by the state will be honored.

Again, the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass continues, but this is not a dispensation from keeping the Lord's Day holy. For those who can not attend or do not feel comfortable attending Mass, we will continue live-streaming and recording our Monday through Friday Noon Masses, our 5 PM Saturday evening Mass, and our 8:30 AM Sunday Mass.

The Holy Spirit remains with us as we continue to navigate this Good Friday world.

Whatever humanity is doing, true peace and hope exist in God's plan for us. We need to hear this Good News and not become obsessed with the drama of bad news. Though none of us will escape death, it is correct to discern a course that you believe is safe. Your discernment does not need to be unduly influenced by our Sunday obligation that has been validly and clearly dispensed.

May God bless you all!

Fr. Doug Ebert, Pastor

The Limited Return to Public Masses

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May 23, 2020

Archbishop Hebda Discusses The Return to Limited Public Masses

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