Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we slowly resume public Masses in the church it will be most important to be patient as we move forward, as well as be aware of and observe these guiding points for the greater good of our parish family.
– All the faithful in our diocese remain dispensed from the Sunday obligation and should not feel bad for not being ready to attend. It is up to each individual and family to take personal responsibility to care for themselves.
– Health and safety is priority. Thus, anyone who is currently sick or has recently been sick, is vulnerable due to age or health, or cares for a vulnerable person, has traveled or been in larger crowds should join us for Mass virtually and not in the church at this moment.
– We ask you to wear a mask or cloth face covering and use the hand sanitizer provided near entrances when attending Mass to continue combating the spread of this illness.
– We can only serve 25% of the seating capacity in the church. If you arrive and the church is at full capacity, please join us through the live stream Mass on Sundays and you may still receive communion in the parking lot following the 9 AM and 11 AM Masses.
– When attending Mass in person, please enter through the pie doors only and keep appropriate distancing from others as you approach, enter and exit.
– Refrain from exchanging physical contact with others or touching church furnishings such as the tops/sides of pews or other items.
– For appropriate distancing, a family living in the same household may sit together but no more than two couples may occupy a pew, at opposite ends. Please do not sit in restricted areas.
– Use good hand hygiene after using the restroom and before returning to the church.
– If receiving communion, please receive reverently by hand. It is safer for each communicant and those distributing Holy Communion.
– At the end of Mass, attendees will be dismissed by the priest to promote physical distancing at exits. Please continue promptly to your vehicle instead of gathering in any place on campus.
Thank you for all of your efforts and love of Christ. Let’s all continue keeping our focus on Him as we patiently and carefully progress along these unchartered paths together.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Thomas Bennett