Updated “Back 2 Mass” guidelines

Your decision about attending Mass should be based on your own personal needs. Archbishop Listecki has given dispensation from attending public Mass through Aug. 2. If you are health compromised, please stay home. If you’re not comfortable being in larger groups of people, please continue to stay home. You need to do what is best for you and your family. The parish is not able to eliminate risk, only to mitigate it.

Families with young children – we welcome all of you! Please be sure to help your children observe social distancing recommendations.

We are continuing to ask those who attend the 6 p.m. Mass to wear masks.

 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 protocols 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.

 During Mass:

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

 Communion:

Fr. Patrick and the ministers will move through the pews and bring communion to you – you will not process forward. You are able to receive on your hand or on your tongue. The person distributing will use a different hand for each method.

If people are seated in the hall, ministers will come downstairs and distribute. Remain seated and wait for them.

 Collection:

We will not be passing 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, follow the ushers’ instructions to direct you out of the church. 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.
  • Please take conversations 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.
  • Paper bulletins can only be distributed on the way out of church.

Can you help?

During the time of COVID-19, we will 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. Each Mass has a head usher designated. This person will assist new volunteers in understanding their duties.

Parishioners of all ages may assist with cleaning, but those under age 18 must be with a parent or guardian. Directions for cleaning tasks are 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 26. If you’re not a computer person, contact the parish office (262-377-1070) and they can assist you.