Important guidelines for worshiping with us in person- June 6, 2020

*NOTE: We continue to be dispensed by the Archbishop for the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses until further notice. Also, those who are sick or compromised due to health conditions are not to come to church.

  • Masks: Masks or face covering are required for everyone entering our churches or  attending Mass and must be kept on at all times.
  • Doors: Enter the church through the center doors and exit through the side doors. There will be no Holy Water at this time. Sanitizers should be used when entering the church. We also ask that there be no gathering of members of the congregation before or after Masses.
  • Seating: 50% capacity (150 people) The pews will be marked so that it is obvious where you can sit and still keep the proper social distancing. We ask that only ½ of the pew be used by each family and that the other half be left empty to keep a safe distance between members or different households.
  • Books: They will be sanitized and you may take the one you use home and use it each Sunday, but no Missalettes or hymnals will be left in the church.
  • Other changes: There will be no Offertory Procession, Sign of Peace, or distribution of the Precious Blood. No altar servers or Eucharistic ministers needed.
  • Eucharist: Follow usher’s lead for communion. Keep some distance in the single Communion line. If receiving Holy Communion it must be received in the hand, not on the tongue.  To protect our priests during the distribution of the Eucharist, we ask that you partially remove your mask only after:  saying “Amen,” receiving the host in your hands, and then stepping aside to consume the Eucharist with your mask partially removed only at that point. We know this is a challenge but this is important for protecting everyone in the community.
  • Singing: You will notice less singing led by our musicians at certain parts of the Mass to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Those Who Should Stay Home:If you have had a fever over at or above 100.4 degrees, a new cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, or have been in contact with someone who is currently sick or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days. The Archdiocese asks that those who are considered to be at a higher risk for the coronavirus, those who live with people who are at higher risk and are those who are currently sick, please stay home from Mass. The CDC states that those who are high risk include: people over 65 years old, people who are immunocompromised, people with breathing conditions, and people whose doctors consider them to be high risk. You can find the full list here: CDC: High Risk for Coronavirus.

Thank you for your cooperation!