WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW & DO
PUBLIC MASSES RESUME ON PENTECOST WEEKEND
Just as we did at the Archdiocesan Synod in 2014, “this can be for us a new Pentecost.” So we will begin again, anew, this Pentecost Sunday, returning to the celebration of Sunday Mass beginning with Masses next Saturday/Sunday. Let us focus our energy now on preparing for a safe return and let us proceed filled with faith and hope.
Public Masses will be Sunday liturgies only (including both Saturday evening Masses of Anticipation and Sunday Masses). Our Mass times at our two parishes will be the (Sat) 4:30, (Sun) 8/8:30, 10:30/11:00 & 5:30 pm, as usual. Attendance at each individual Mass is limited to no more than 25 percent of our Church’s capacity: For both parishes that is a little over 200 people, which we will enforce: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed through Sunday, July 5. We will continue to record Sunday Masses, however not live-stream because of complications. If you are 65 or over, we encourage you to use your own discretion regarding whether or not to attend Mass.
- There will be no weekday Masses until further notice, even when Sunday Masses are restored.
- All ministries will be directed through June by the Priests: Fr. Ray for Holy Family and Fr. Enrique for St. Robert. However, saying Mass each weekend, the Priest will shift from Parish to Parish as usual. This means if you are doing a ministry the person directed by the Priest will send an e-mail to you directly.
- Bringing communion to our home-bound and shut-ins from Mass is forbidden until July, including the sick unless near death, this includes from our Eucharistic Ministers.
- Teams for cleanup will be set up for each Mass with one director for each Mass
Signs will be placed on entrance doors asking anyone with fever or flu-like symptoms not to enter the church. For our two churches, the middle front doors will NOT be open. At both churches only the two side front doors will be open. Side doors and doors off the back parking lots will NOT be open. (But will not be locked, for those with disabilities. At Holy Family, the Concourse door will stay locked. The Hallway creates problems.)
Communion is to be distributed by the Priest and one Eucharistic Minister per Mass. We will come to the pews to distribute communion. Communion is to be received ONLY in the HAND. Communion will not be distributed via the cup. Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people not living in the same household must be followed. People will stand up and the priest will walk in front of the pew and go down the line. We ask you stay standing until everyone in that pew has received, then be seated.
Our pews will be marked with tape that. It is essential as we come in the back doors that the front pews will be seated first. WE MUST FILL FRONT TO BACK. Any who sit in back first will be asked to move. These are NOT usual times hence certain freedoms are removed. We apologize for this but it is for the safety of all. People must fill front pews first. If you are an individual, we ask that only three separate individuals be in a pew and distanced. If you are two people, then four in that pew, with the two next to each other at each end of the pew. If three in your group, then three in group with the addition of an individual on other end of a pew. Groups of four or more: one group alone in pew When you come in at Holy Family for middle pews you come down side aisle and move to middle, if going to side pews you come down wall aisle and move to middle. St. Robert only has the two side aisles to come down.
Frequently-touched surfaces in the church will be cleaned and sanitized per CDC recommendations after every liturgy. Hand sanitizer will be available at all church entrances. No physical contact during the Sign of Peace is allowed.
Non-essential gatherings will be suspended, including Children’s Liturgy of the Word, post-Mass social gatherings/refreshments (e.g. coffee & donuts). A cantor is allowed, but choirs should not be used.
All our Hospitality ministers and ushers will wear masks and should not make physical contact when greeting parishioners. We regret: No one 65 or older will be asked to serve in any ministries in June even if you feel able. We need to follow guidelines set by the CDC. Because of the Privacy Act and other medical regulations we cannot require medical records nor put anyone in that position; hence no one 65 or older at this time.
During June the Priest will be the Sacristan: No help needed Bulletins will be one line and also on a board at entrances of the Church (No usher/greeter distribution of bulletins).
After much consultation we are not going to have an alphabetical, numerical or other method to determine who attends what Mass. Take into account that attendance at the 4:30, and 8:00/11:00 Masses is usually at or less than 200, plus the loss of those who cannot attend will make it lower. These four Masses in the two parishes will be opened to seat people. We ask those who go to the 8:30 or 10:30 to maybe move to another time.
Finally, the use of face masks is encouraged. The two entrance doors at each parish will be propped open to limit contact with door handles. The Presider of the Mass will give directions for dismissal after Mass to provide an orderly exit with proper social distancing. Attendees should be advised to wash their clothes following the service.
SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED
We need supplies! Nothing can be bought in bulk because of the present reality, and to be honest donations are down for very good reasons. This way each of us can donate one little thing. Here is what we are looking for:
- Hand sanitizer bottles
- Clorox or similar wipes and spray bottles
- Paper towels (not rags, must be disposable)
- Medical rubber gloves
- Large garbage bags for disposing of items used during clean-up.
Thank you Sincerely!
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