REOPENING THE CHURCHES FOR LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS
Daily Mass MONDAY. JUNE 29, 2020
Sunday Mass SATURDAY EVENING, JULY 4, 2020
(LIMITED 25% CAPACITY)
Saint Matthew – 131
Our Lady of Charity – 56
St. Gregory the Great – 104
THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS
- Those who are ill or otherwise in a compromised state should not attend Mass publicly.
- All who enter the church must wear a mask.
- Based on the current guidelines, each Church will have to mark off sections, skipping each row and at least 6 feet apart (with the exception of families worshipping together) leaving room for the amount of people amounting to 25% of the completely full Church.
- Extra chairs can be placed in parking lots or gardens to accommodate the overflow (6 feet apart).
- As there will be no collection taken up during the mass, please deposit your offerings as you enter the church. An offertory basket will be set up. Alternatively, parishioners are encouraged to send in their offerings by mail or via e-giving services.
- There will be a number of modifications to the celebration of mass in order to comply with diocesan directives and utilize best health practices.
- There will be a reduced number of ministers for the mass and no altar servers.
- All ministers for the Mass (celebrant, deacon, lector) will sanitize their hands before Mass begins.
- Music ministry will be limited to the organist and cantor using a dedicated lectern and social distancing from the rest of the assembly.
- There will be no entrance procession for all Masses. (The Celebrant will not be wearing a mask at this time.)
- A separate podium or lectern will be set up for the lector while the priest will use the pulpit or ambo.
- There is no exchange of peace and no holding of hands at the Lord’s Prayer.
- People should come for Communion in the normal way, observing at least 6 feet of distance between them as they approach.
- Holy Communion will be distributed by the celebrant, concelebrating priests, and/or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion who will not be wearing gloves but will be wearing masks. The ministers will disinfect their hands before the distribution of Holy Communion. Communicants, likewise, should make sure that their hands are disinfected. The Host will be allowed to “fall” (reverently) into the communicant’s hand to avoid any physical contact.
- The communicant should come before the Minister of Communion with the mask on for the dialogue (“The Body of Christ. Amen.”) and then, after moving to the side, lower the mask, consume the Eucharist, and replace the mask.
- The Precious Blood will not be distributed to the faithful.
- WE ASK THAT THE FAITHFUL RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION IN THE HAND.
- After distribution of Holy Communion, the ministers will sanitize their hands at the Credence Table.
- There will be no recessional procession for all Masses. The Celebrant will not greet parishioners as they depart from church.