Back 2 Mass

A comprehensive version of these logistics is being mailed to every parish household. Watch your mail, please! (Or watch email for those who have indicated they’d like to receive this information in that manner.) This is a somewhat condensed list.

It is asked that you base your decision about coming back to Mass on your own personal needs. Archbishop Listecki has given dispensation from attending public Mass through July 5. If you are health compromised, please stay home. If you’re not comfortable being in larger groups of people just yet, please continue to stay home. You need to do what is best for you and your family.

Families with young children – We welcome all of you! Please be sure to help your children observe social distancing. The church must be thoroughly cleaned after each Mass. Due to that rule, our Mass times must be adjusted. For the time being, they will be: 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The second morning Mass has been pushed back one hour to allow adequate cleaning time.

Please read through these directives thoroughly. To assist in understanding, we will be creating a video that will illustrate the same points. You will be able to access it on the parish website: Coming soon.

Arriving for Mass:

  • If you have a fever, cough or other indications of illness, please stay home. If you have been sick in the past week, please stay home.
  • You are encouraged to wear your own face mask.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start time of Mass.
  • If you arrive earlier than 30 minutes, we ask that you remain in your vehicle until you see that the ushers have opened the doors. Do not line up waiting for the doors to open.
  • Doors will be propped open to minimize the surfaces that you have to touch.
  • Only Doors 2, 3 and 4 will be unlocked. Those are the doors on the plaza and the southwest side. (Door 1 near the choir and Door 5 near the rectory will not be accessible.)
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each door. You must use it on your way in. Maintain social distancing (6 feet apart) while waiting your turn.
  • The holy water fonts will be empty for the current time.
  • Ushers (wearing masks) will be seating parishioners.
  • Please follow their guidance. They will be following protocol that will allow us to seat people in a way that allows full use of the 25% capacity restriction. Please don’t ask to sit in a particular spot.
  • Families with more than 4 people will be seated on the west side enabling them to have a full pew to themselves.
  • Once the church space is full, parishioners will be directed to the church hall where ushers will assist with seating. Again, please accept the seats you are offered. This will again ensure that we can allow as many people to attend Mass as possible.
  • When the hall is at capacity, parishioners will be invited to remain in their vehicles and listen to or watch Mass on their cell phones in the parking lot. (Those people will be able to receive communion. Details on that later in this message.)
  • You are asked to refrain from talking once inside the church. This will not only promote a prayerful atmosphere, but will discourage lapses in social distancing.
  • You will be offered a worship aid for use at that Mass. If you take one, you must remove it from the church. There will be recycling bins at the doors or you may take it home with you. Do not leave it in the pew.

During Mass:

Two notable differences will be how communion is distributed and how the collection is taken.

Communion:

  • At this time, the only method for receiving is on your hand. Fr. Patrick is not permitted to offer communion on the tongue.
  • For those in the church: Fr. Patrick will walk in the empty pews and bring communion to you.
  • For those in the hall: Ushers will direct you upstairs to receive communion. Please wait in the hall until they come to get you and then follow their instructions and directions.
  • For those in the parking lot: Ushers will come to your vehicle and offer instructions. Please wait for them to come to you. Don’t leave your vehicle until instructed to do so.

Collection:

  • We will not pass baskets. There will be locked boxes in the gathering space for you to deposit your donations either on your way in or out of church. If you are in the parking lot, you may bring your offertory in when you come to receive communion.

Leaving church:

  • Please ensure that anything you brought in with you is taken out with you. This includes the worship aids, masks, tissues, etc.
  • When Mass has ended, continue to observe the 6-foot social distancing protocols as you leave the church. Please don’t remain in church. Cleaning needs to begin as soon as possible.
  • Catching up with friends is a good thing! But please take your conversation outside and away from the church building so that people can move out easily and we don’t get a “traffic jam” of those waiting to leave. Remember to maintain 6-foot social distancing.
  • It is also recommended that you sanitize your hands on the way out of church.
  • The distribution of paper bulletins is not allowed at the current time.

Use of restrooms:

If possible, we ask that you refrain from using the restroom unless absolutely necessary. To maintain social distancing, only one person is allowed in each restroom at a time (unless members of the same immediate family). Ushers will be monitoring the hall facilities. Please follow their guidance.

Can you help?

Now that you’ve read through this, you’ve probably noticed that we’ll need some extra hands to assist with Mass –  people willing to serve as ushers and people willing to stay after Mass and help our maintenance staff with cleaning.

Only those age 18 and older are allowed to serve as ushers at this time. We are so grateful for our younger usher helpers, but they cannot assist until restrictions are lifted. Ushers must wear face masks at all times. They must also be willing to follow specific directions and be comfortable with providing guidance when seating parishioners. Those wishing to usher will be required to attend a training session with Fr. Patrick. Once you sign up you’ll be provided with further details.

Parishioners of all ages may assist with cleaning, but those under age 18 must be with a parent or guardian. Directions for those tasks will shared on site.

If you would like to volunteer for either of these jobs, please go to our SignUp Genius and add your name. Spots are open through July 5. If you’re not a computer person, contact the parish office and they can assist you.