Updated July 9, 2020
Below you will see the measures for attending Mass. Mass will not feel the same, but for good reason. We thank you ahead of time for adapting to these measures, which are temporary of course, so long as they are needed for health and safety.
We ask for your patience, as none of us has experienced anything like this before, and none have had to implement procedures quite like this for Mass. For this reason, things are always subject to change or alteration as we move forward.
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.
Lastly, be assured we and the Diocese are doing the best we can to ensure as many people as possible can attend Mass, and so thank you ahead of time for your patience and flexibility. We look forward to seeing you!