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Celebrating Mass: directives and guidelines

(based upon Diocesan directives and guidelines)

We are aware that many are eager to return but if you are sick or at high risk or just not confident about returning at this time, we urge you to remain at home. The Bishop has dispensed Catholics from their obligation to attend mass until further notice.

Update 7/25/20

Masks According to Diocesan policy and due to the State mandate, parishioners are required to wear a mask when coming for mass. If you do not have a mask or forget your mask there are some available on the table in the narthex, on a stand near the glass doors and on a table near the entrance to the office.

If you are unable to wear a mask, e.g. for a medical condition, please sit in a chair by the window, another chair away from people or in the Eucharistic Chapel (leaving the door open for you to hear).

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

Mass in Social Hall: Due to social distancing, there may be times when we need additional space for those who come for mass. The Social Hall is now ready for when we need extra seating or when someone may feel safer attending in that space. Chairs are placed facing a focal point with those in the Social Hall being able to hear the mass from the Church. We encourage mass attendees to pick up a worship aid before sitting in the social hall so you can fully participate. An usher will help guide you as to whether Eucharist will be brought to the Social Hall or whether you will need to go to the Church. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sunday Offering: The practice of passing baskets throughout the assembly is temporarily suspended. Please put your offering in the basket on the table in the Narthex at the beginning of Mass.

Receiving Communion: It is strongly recommended that you take Communion in the hand for safety and health concerns.

Recession/Dismissal: At the end of mass, respectfully please do not congregate in the Narthex. We encourage you to find ways to renew your friendships in person while maintaining social distancing.

Please contact Fr. John at the parish if you have any questions.