On Memorial Day, we opened the doors for public worship of Mass for the first time since March 17th and it was so good to see faces – even though they were masked! Weekday Masses will be celebrated as normal, M,W, F at 5:30 and the weekend schedule remains the same: Saturday at 5:30, Sunday at 8:30 and 11. This Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost and invite you to wear red to Mass to honor the Holy Spirit. There is a new normal now and we’ve been given guidelines by the diocese that must be followed if we are to keep the doors open and strive to keep others safe and well. Guidelines:
- take your temperature. If it’s 100.4 F or higher, please stay home.
- You must wear a mask/ face covering (pull down or up for Communion; put back in place (we have a few if you don’t).
- You must maintain 6 ft. distance and enter by main doors on 16th St.
- You must sanitize hands as you enter and leave.
- Place envelopes in basket at front of church, keeping a 6 ft. distance; go to your seat by means of the side isle – no envelopes – go to seat.
- Pews are marked with white stickers; sit only where there’s a sticker.
- Missalettes only in use.
- There will be NO holy water, lector, servers, offertory procession, sign of peace, Communion cup.
- Priest will be masked during Communion.
- There will be a single file line for Communion – watch tape marks on the floor then split off at the front of the church and go to the Communion minister on the side of the church where you’re sitting.
- Communion will be distributed only in the hand; no Communion on the tongue.
- Use any door to exit – leave a 6 ft. distance – out the front doors by the main isle, out the side doors by the side isles.
- Socialize outside the building, maintaining a 6 ft. distance: no hugging, shaking hands, etc. ; no socializing in the church building.
We understand that people are still very leary about going to public places and rightly so. Please know that the decision to come to Mass is an individual one as the virus is still very much with us. The vulnerable are still vulnerable so if you do not feel safe coming to Mass or fear for your health or the health of a loved one in your home, you are encouraged and welcome to stay home and we respect your decision.
Also, Confessions are heard Saturdays from 9-10 am. Please wear a mask, sanitize as you come and go (sanitizer bottles are in the holy water fonts), sit only where there’s a sticker, watch the red/green light and enter and leave church by the main doors.