Virus

GENERAL GUIDELINES/REMINDERS

  • Dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues until further notice.
  • Parishioners who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus should not come to church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives.
  • Attendees should take their temperature at home before determining whether they should attend Mass.
  • Anyone over 60 years-old and those with underlying health complications are encouraged to participate in Masses via live-stream only.

CLEANING, SANITIZING AND HYGIENE

  • Appropriate cleaning of high-use areas within the church is completed before and after each service.

CAPACITY/ATTENDANCE

  • The number of all those present at each Mass is limited to 25% or less of the fire or building code maximum occupancy.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

  • The faithful are OBLIGED to wear a mask upon entering the church and during the                celebration of Mass, except when seated in the pew and for the brief moment of receiving Communion. 
  • Ushers and other volunteers will wear masks and gloves (when gloves are not available, frequent hand washing will be necessary) throughout the celebration of Mass.
  • Specific PPE practices are required for Eucharistic ministers. More details are included under “Holy Communion” below.

OFFERTORY

  • Stationary baskets will be used for donations from the assembly and are to be monitored by the ushers until the donations are collected
  • Collection baskets should not be passed, nor will ushers take up the collection from the congregation.
  • Please consider giving your offertory online.

SIGN OF PEACE IS SUSPENDED

GUIDELINES FOR OBSERVING SOCIAL

DISTANCING AND OTHER HEALTH

REQUIREMENTS FOR

HOLY COMMUNION

 

HOLY COMMUNION

  • Communicants are to receive the Host in the hand in keeping with the advice of state health officials and thereby to avoid the Communion minister’s fingers coming into contact with saliva or particles exhaled from the communicants’ mouth onto the ministers’ fingers.
  • Communion ministers must be masked, must sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Communion, and when at all possible, should utilize a disinfectant wipe or purificator dipped in a sanitizing solution (at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol) to sanitize their fingers when incidental contact is made with the communicant.
  • Distribution of Holy Communion from the chalice is prohibited to the assembly. For those who suffer from celiac disease, special arrangements are to be made with the pastor.
  • When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask below their chin in order to prepare to receive Communion as above. The communicant immediately replaces their mask after consuming the Host.
  • Ushers or other volunteers who are masked and gloved will ensure six-foot distancing in the Communion line.
  • Floor markings shall be placed six feet apart in the aisles in which the congregation approaches the sanctuary for Communion to facilitate proper social distancing.
  • Maintaining a single-file is necessary for the distribution of Holy Communion for each Communion minister and communicant to maintain social distancing. Multiple Communion ministers may be used as long as one-way traffic patterns are observed.

Mass will start Monday at 8:00am and the weekend Masses will start the weekend of May 23rd & 24th. Please note that the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation and Easter Duty will remain in place for all Catholics of the Archdiocese until further notice, as many individuals continue to have concerns for the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones.  The church will still be open everyday until 6. 
     Please read the guidelines in the bulletin for attending Mass. A few more things, 
there are 4 different doors you can enter/exit from, the bathroom will be sanitized after the final Mass on the weekend, the bathrooms in hall and library will be closed,  no books or cards will be in the pews, you can take a missal home and bring it back and forth with you when you go to Mass, we will have tape in the pews where you can sit, 4 to a pew,  there will be some hand sanitizers in church but you are welcome to bring your own. There will be no Saturday 8:00am communion service.