When parishioners come for weekend Mass on June 5-6, they will see the return to some pre-pandemic practices. For starters, all entrances of the church will be used with sanitizing stations available at each entrance.
Face masks will not be required, however, are strongly encouraged for those who have not been vaccinated or those who are considered high-risk for COVID-19. The parish will continue to use the blue tape markings to keep social distancing between pews, however, parishioners are welcome to find their own seat. Ushers will be available for general assistance in finding open places.
For those who have been looking forward to singing while at Mass, hymn numbers will be announced and all of the responses for the Mass will now be sung. Those who purchased the Breaking Bread Missal should continue to bring them to Mass. No additional Missals are available at this time. For those who did not purchase a Missal, they are invited to take advantage of a smartphone app (i.e. iBreviary) that contain the daily readings and recited responses.
Father Mike, Deacon Don and some of the liturgical ministers will resume processing from the back of church to the sanctuary for the beginning of Mass.
Additional adjustments will happen in the future with the health and well-being of the community in mind. At this moment, the parish will continue to encourage the use of baskets near each entrance for collection envelopes rather than passing the basket. Ministers will continue to distribute Communion as in past months by bringing the Eucharist to each person in their pew. While holy water fonts at each entrance will remain empty, those needing holy water can obtain it from the vessel in the main vestibule of the church..
And finally, the church will continue to be sanitized on a regular basis before the weekend’s liturgies.
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