Updated on Nov. 17, 2020
Bishop Boyea has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, preceding Ash Wednesday and the liturgical season of Lent.
No requirement exists to participate in Mass until that time, and please continue to use discretion in attending Mass if you have:
- potential symptoms, or
- the possibility of having been exposed, or
- are at high risk.
In particular, those who are over age 60 or have compromised immune systems are encouraged to stay home. It’s also recommended that children who are not able to maintain social distance stay home.
That said, the Mass is a crucial and foundational part of our spiritual lives, and for this reason it is worth finding even occasional times to attend if this is prudent and feasible.
- Attendance capacity has been increased to 140 people (33% of our full capacity) until further notice.
- There is no longer a need to sign up to attend Masses.
- The Sunday 9am Masses are live streamed here.
Before You Come To Mass
- Check your health. If you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or if you have a fever above 100.0, do not come to Mass.
- A person 60 years old or older, or who has underlining health issues, or a compromised immune system, is encouraged not to attend Mass. Such persons are encouraged to watch the live stream.
- If you are physically able, we continue to ask that everyone in attendance wear a mask. We have masks at the church, pre-packaged and sealed. Bring your own hand sanitizer, but we will also have sanitizer and wipes at the church as well.
- All hymnals and missalettes are removed. You may wish to bring your own Magnificat or your own Missal. You may wish to use your phone to follow the readings as well on the USCCB website: www.usccb.org/bible/readings.
- Bring your children. However, if you have a child that escapes and runs around, this may compromise “social distancing” and therefore you may wish to not bring such a child.
While At Mass
- Please remain 6 ft away from others people in the church, except for those residing in the same household.
- If you are physically able, we continue to ask that everyone in attendance wear a mask.
- When you enter the church, please go to your seat immediately.
- Some pews have been roped off for social distancing. Please use the open pews.
- Baskets will not be passed for the collection. You are encouraged to sign up for online giving or use the designated drop box to drop your contribution.
- Holy Water will not be filled during this time. You may bring a container to fill from the Holy Water dispenser.
- No other social gatherings will take place in the church or in any other room at this time.
- The church and door handles are/will be sanitized daily.
Temporary Adaptations to the Mass
- As a reminder, the diocesan guidelines continue to encourage us to limit congregational singing. The cantor is representing the voices of the people. (Singing increases the chances of water droplets from the mouth going airborne by 8-10x.)
- The priest will not wear a mask, except during the distribution of Communion.
- The gifts will not be brought up at the Offertory.
- The “Kiss of Peace” is omitted.
- There will be no holding hands during the Our Father.
- The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
- Please take a moment before you leave to wipe off the pew surfaces you have touched. Please dispose of your used wipes in the garbage receptacles.
- To facilitate safe departure, remain at least 6 ft from others when you depart.
- Please wear your mask until you leave the church building.
- Do not hang around and socialize after Mass. Please exit the church building immediately.