Instructions on resumption of in-parish worship and access to parish facilities. General Notices

Out of concern for the well-being of all in our communities, everyone is urged to monitor carefully and abide by the directives of federal, state and local authorities, as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for persons with health reasons or concerns remains in effect for all in the Archdiocese through Sunday, August 2. Because of this, those wishing to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass any day of the week. Some parishes may wish to consider encouraging people to come on weekdays to help manage the number of attendees.

Persons are encouraged to take their temperature before leaving home and to avoid coming to church if the temperature is 99.6 or greater.

As it is possible, parishes should continue to offer online Masses even as attendance at some Masses becomes available.

Preparation of ushers or similar monitors will be necessary in order to assist the faithful as they come to Masses.

Preparing Churches and Other Buildings

Before returning to regular Masses and visitation, churches are to be deep- cleaned, including carpets, pews, restrooms, water fountains, doorknobs, light switches, microphones, music stands, chairs and other furniture. Use chemicals and disinfectants as directed, and allow for proper drying times. Thoroughly clean surfaces between church uses. More time may be required between Masses in order to permit necessary cleaning. Because of distancing requirements, Masses will likely need to be celebrated in the larger church rather than in a chapel.

Temporarily remove materials from pews and chairs—hymnals, missalettes, bibles, pens, information. Post signs requiring non-contact greetings. Cry rooms and nurseries are to be closed. Holy Water fonts should remain empty, but parishes should allow for Holy Water to be taken to homes. Sanitizer is to be available at church entrances, and, if possible, entrance doors should be propped open.

Minimize entry points into a church for usher placement, one-way direction, and sanitizing. Pews should be taped off and marked to ensure six feet of distance in all directions between household groups or individuals. Seating should take place filling in from the front to the back until the maximum available space has been reached and the usher is able to determine that no more may be seated in church. The use of overflow spaces is encouraged, where the same distancing requirements are in effect as in church.

Daily Masses at regular hours will restart on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

Sunday Masses at regular hours restart on Saturday, May 30th, 2020.

This weekend we will also restart confessions.

In the Sanctuary and the Social Hall we will have the capacity to receive no more than 90 people or families.

They will enter in order of arrival. You MUST follow the directions of the Ushers.

There should be no physical contact while praying the Our Father or the Sign of Peace.

For the time being, the Precious Blood will not be offered at Holy Communion and communicants are strongly urged to receive in the hand.

We invite you to see more details in our newsletter, web page, St. Patrick app.

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