Adjustments in Use of Facilities due to COVID-19

  • The church and all parish facilities are open for full use with the following guidelines.
    • All who are healthy and able are strongly encouraged to re-establish the pattern of weekly, in-person participation at Mass. A reminder that the dispensation not to participate in Sunday (weekend) Eucharist was lifted in March.
    • Ropes have been taken off the four middle sections of pews. This will allow for a more natural balance of seating. I would encourage those who do not mind to do so, to slide into the middle of pews so that it opens up more space for people to sit at the ends of the pews and not feel on top of one another. It also allows groups to sit in two or three consecutive pews on the same end, rather than having to spread out over the whole pew.
    • Ropes will remain for now on every other pew in the far sections, left and right. If you have a need for a little more social distancing, please use those sections.
    • DUE TO THE DELTA VARIANT, FEDERAL, STATE AND ARCHDIOCESON GUIDELINES STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE WEARING OF MASKS FOR ALL WHO ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES INDOORS, WHETHER ONE IS VACCINATED OR NOT. Though not currently mandated, please follow this guideline for the common good. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE TWO SECTIONS OF PEWS RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO WANT MORE SOCIAL DISTANCIN (EVERY OTHER PEW IS BLOCKED OUT).
    • Funerals: We prefer that there be no visitation in the gathering area/church before a funeral. If a family requests it,  a half hour will be set up for visitation UNDER THE CONDITION THAT ALL WHO ARE PRESENT WILL WEAR A MASK.
    • Communion will once again be distributed from four stations rather than section by section. Communion ministers will continue to wear a mask and to sanitize their hands before distributing Communion.
    • We will continue to livestream the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass but we will no longer be bringing Communion to the parking lot as of July 4. If there is someone who is elderly or unable or should not be attending Mass in person, please let us know and we will arrange for someone (family member, neighbor, friend, available Communion minister) to bring Communion to them on Sunday, if at all possible.
    • The offertory procession of gifts to the altar will resume. If you have a special occasion or would be willing to take a turn at bringing up the gifts, please let a greeter or usher know when you come to church.
    • Visitation before funerals is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It is for family only. When guests come to funerals, they will be asked to be seated as soon as conveniently possible.
    • WE ARE RETURING TO A MAXIMUM number of people for Masses, funerals or other worship services. THE MAXIMUM IS 250.
  • Other Parish Facilities:

    • DUE TO THE DELTA VARIANT, FEDERAL, STATE AND ARCHDIOCESON GUIDELINES STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE WEARING OF MASKS FOR ALL WHO ATTEND MEETINGS INDOORS, WHETHER ONE IS VACCINATED OR NOT. Though not currently mandated, please follow this guideline for the common good. 
    • WE ARE RETURNING TO PARTIAL CAPACITY in all rooms. This means 250 in Church, 40 in the Father Shields Hall, 10 in the Large Conference Room.
    • We encourage all groups to be sensitive to the concerns of those who do not want to be in more crowded rooms or with people who are not vaccinated, and where possible, offer a hybrid model of meeting (in person and Zoom) if you expect significant numbers in the space being used.

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