GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING CHURCH - PHASE Four
- If you have any signs of Covid-19 (feeling ill, fever, shortness of breath), or have been near someone with COVID-19 without both of you wearing a mask, please do not attend Mass until you know that you are COVID free
- We have a limited capacity. The Governor is allowing Church’s a maximum of 50% occupancy. However, once social distancing requirements are implemented the actual occupancy allowed is much lower than that. Among the requirements to reopen are that the Parish will cooperate with tracing efforts should a member of the congregation test positive for COVID-19. For these reasons it is necessary that we implement a reservation system for attending Mass, but if you attend the same Mass you only need to register once for that Mass. You do not need to register each weekend, if you attend the same Mass. But if you attend a different Mass than your normal Mass you will have to register for it.
- During the pandemic the Bishop has decreed that communion can only be received in the hand. To receive communion on the hand hold out your hands, left on top of right. Do not take the host from the priest, but rather allow them to place it in your hand. Unless arthritis prevents you from doing so your hands should be as flat as possible.
- Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing must be maintained at all times. Please sanitize your hands upon entering the Church.
- The distribution of Communion will take place at the normal time.
- When receiving Communion: gloves may not be worn; maintain 6 feet distance between you and the next household/person in front of you. When you approach to receive communion, leave your face mask on. Once you have received the Host, step to the side, consume the host and put your facemask on. Reception of Communion will be in the hand only.
- Missalettes have been removed, but the readings are found in the bulletin. Please take the bulletin home at the end of Mass.
- These procedures seem strange and inconvenient, yet the time we are living in is quite unique. By adhering to the protocols of each of the phases we can move towards a more ‘normal’ experience of Mass.