Public Health and Parish Life
NEW INFO • Saturday, May 2, 2020
GOOD NEWS: Churches are open!
HOWEVER: not as before.
We have a new normal because of social distancing in accord with diocesan, federal, state and county guidelines. Anyone 60 or over or with a vulnerable condition is strongly encouraged to pray at home with our live streamed Mass. All must keep holy the Lord’s Day, but the Bishop has dispensed all from the obligation to attend Mass physically until June 30, 2020.
FOR THE MASS ITSELF:
Everyone must take one’s temperature before leaving home for Mass. Every person must wear a mask (not supplied by church) before entering church, and must remain on until in your seat. Hospitality ministers will direct the seating. The number of available seats will be severely reduced because of the 6 foot distancing requirement. Please maintain 6 feet apart on all sides of family units. Not everyone who comes may be able to enter if available seats are taken.
The “new normal” Mass schedule will be Saturday 5pm, Sunday 7:30am, 10:30am and 5pm. We have no 9am Mass listed because of the time needed to properly sanitize the church between Masses. To accomplish this, we will need at least a dozen hospitality ministers under 60 years of age per Mass. If you are not presently a minister, and are under 60 willing to serve, please contact Sandy Lueckenhoff at email@example.com.
Please do NOT use Clorox/Lysol wipes on the wooden pews!
Entrance to the church will be limited to only the 2 glass doors. Collection baskets will be located at the inner doors. All doors may be used for exiting – please maintain distancing! After next Sunday we will have a better sense of what scheduling and logistics changes may be necessary.
Please note: Weekday 8am Masses will begin Monday, May 4th, Monday – Friday. (No Saturday 8am.) All social distancing requirements listed above apply to weekday Masses, including masks and limited seating.
Confessions (and anointing) will be available on Wednesdays 12-1pm, and by appointment.
Some will think this is too much, others not enough. At least for now, this is what we have to do per diocesan directives, and also per secular authorities. Information and regulations seem to change constantly, often suddenly. Opening church for worship is obviously a work-in-progress.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience and your faith.
We will livestream the Mass each weekend at our Facebook page. If you'd like to watch it live, please log on at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening. If you would like to watch it later, the video will still be available on the Facebook page (just not as a Live broadcast) and will also be posted on this website by 9 am on Sunday morning.
If you would like to virtually celebrate the Mass from another source, EWTN is a great option. Other parishes in our town and around the world are also streaming Masses.
At the Liturgy of the Eucharist, please join your community by praying the Prayer for a Communion of Desire:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, renew my heart now with the power of Your Spirit. I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Unite me more closely to Your Body, the Church. And never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Thank you, faith community, for pulling together during this difficult and uncertain time. Your faithfulness is more encouraging than you will ever know. God bless you.
For anyone who does not have satellite or cable TV or a smart phone, please reach out and let them know that they can participate in Mass by listening to the radio at KHJR 881. FM. Here's a programming schedule that you can print off and mail to them.