May 19, 2020
First of all: Still waiting for the guidelines from the Archdiocese.
Although I am looking forward to begin celebrating Mass with you again, there are a number of concerns regarding the resumption of public services and mass celebrations. First and foremost, in preparation of reopening our church for celebration of the Mass, I want to inform you that our church and all the pews have been properly cleaned with disinfectant chemicals.
Please remember that all precautionary measures recommended during this time of pandemic should continue to be followed while you are in the church. Initially, our celebrations should be limited to fifty people per government recommendations. All pews have been marked with areas outlining appropriate seating locations for maintenance of the recommended six foot distances. Please utilize personal hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting the church. I along with the Deacon and the Eucharistic Ministers will utilize hand sanitizer prior to and post distribution of communion. Please receive the host in your hand. If you are uncomfortable receiving communion, you may pray “An Act of Spiritual Communion” which is available in the bulletin.
Continued mask use in public areas is recommended and therefore will not be discouraged during mass. There will be no greeters and please refrain from hand shaking during the “sign of peace.”
The Archbishop has declared continued dispensation for those that are elderly, medically compromised, or those that feel they are unable to safely return to the church for public mass celebrations.
These precautionary measures must be followed to maximize everyone’s safety and well being. Although I will return to the sacristy immediately following the mass, please know that I am happy to begin celebrating mass with you and serving you again.
May 19, 2020