DIRECTIVES FOR THE REOPENING OF CHURCHES
IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
A Message to Parishioners
May 19, 2020
As you know the governor is allowing churches to open on May 30th. We will keep you informed regarding details, but this will be a gradual opening.
There are many details to be attended to and it will take some time to prepare for opening.
There will be a limit to the number of people that will be allowed to attend Mass.
Thank you for your understanding and please be patient.
Returning to Public Celebrations of Holy Mass
"A central part of being sincere Eucharistic people is our willingness to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and visit the imprisoned."
-Fr. Eamon Tobin -A Simple Explanation of the Mass
In early March Bishop Tobin dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation until further notice as all our churches have been closed due to the pandemic. We are presently commencing with a partial reopening of our churches.
When Will Our Parish Reopen?
Our parish will commence with a public Mass on Sunday, June 14, 2020, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of the Lord.
Only 100 people will be allowed to attend as that reflects 25% of our capacity.
To reserve space for mass please click the blue "Reservations" button at the top of the page.
For step by step instructions on how to reserve a space download our most recent letter here.
Mass will continue to be live streamed at 10:00 am.
Who should NOT attend?
The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are not encouraged to attend.
Those who are exhibiting any symptoms of the virus should remain at home.
What You Can Expect From Your Parish
Upon entering the church someone will greet you at the entrance and provide a dose of hand sanitizer for you.
A receptacle will be available in the gathering space for your weekly offering, as there will be no collection taken up during Mass.
There will no offertory procession with the gifts of bread and wine.
Only one entrance to the church will be used (the main entrance from the parking lot).
We will keep you informed with details regarding signing-up for Mass.
What Your Parish Expects from You
Everyone attending must wear a mask.
Social distancing is mandatory (6 feet) at all times, except for members of the same family.
Reception of Holy Communion
Everyone receiving Holy Communion is asked to come up through the center aisle, one row at a time, maintaining safe social distancing (6 feet apart).
The faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in their hand while wearing their masks, and then remove their masks to receive the Sacred Host.
Holy Communion may not be distributed with gloves, nor may it be received in the hand by a member of the faithful wearing gloves.
Departing After Mass
To avoid congregating, the faithful should depart Mass intermittently. Prolonged visits in the church before or after Mass are not encouraged.
To facilitate a smooth exit, we ask that as the celebrant leaves the sanctuary, those sitting in the center area of the church follow out behind him row by row. Once the center aisle is clear, we ask that those in the other sections follow the same pattern, while maintaining social distancing (6 feet apart).