Returning to Mass: directives and guidelines
(based upon Diocesan directives and guidelines)
WELCOME BACK! We look forward to seeing you on Pentecost, MAY 30/31. For this celebration, we invite you to wear red. Masses will be at 5:00 pm Saturday, 8:30 am and 11:00 am Sunday. Weekday masses resume Tuesday, June 2nd at 9 am.
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. See our website (holyspiritunoh.org) for ways of viewing mass online.
- Facemasks are encouraged but not required.
- Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days should not attend Mass in accordance with national, state and local health directives.
- Appropriate cleaning of high use areas within the church will be done after each service.
- Every other pew will be closed off for seating. Please maintain an appropriate distance between you and non-family members.
- Hand sanitizer will be available by the main doors of the church and on a table in the Narthex.
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.
- When coming forward for Communion, please keep a safe space between you and the person in front of you.
- For the distribution of Communion, one-way traffic patterns will be encouraged. More details as necessary will be given during mass.
Communion may not be received in the hand with gloves.
- When approaching the Eucharistic minister, please pull your mask below your chin. The minister, after saying, “Body of Christ,” will carefully place (drop) the host into your hand avoiding any incidental contact. After responding “Amen,” reverently place the Eucharist in your mouth and replace your mask.
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.