Re-opening Plans, Guidelines and Sign Up!

Mon, Jun 29th, 2020

Daily and Weekend Mass

UPDATED: June 29, 2020 - 7:30 AM

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We are thrilled with the news from our Governor allowing for Houses of Worship to open to 25% capacity. Please know that we are prepared for this and it will require ALL of us to cooperate with one another to ensure our safety and proper celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy. Please read this letter carefully as it contains information for you, your family and our joyful reunion in church for Mass.

Please take a moment to read the information below as it contains information for you, your family and our joyful reunion. Also please watch this important video about guidelines and procedures for your attendance at Mass.

  • Weekend Masses will be celebrated at the usual times: Saturday at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm as well as Sunday at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
  • Weekend Masses will be celebrated in Church ONLY. There will no longer be an overflow in the MC. You must sign up for Mass. 
  • You will be required to sign up for weekend Masses through our website. If you are unable to access the site, please call the Parish Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • You will need to sign up before 12:00 noon on the Friday prior to the weekend Masses.
  • Daily Masses will continue, at 7:00 am, 8:00 am and 12:00 noon.
  • While the Church is appropriately sanitized, please be aware there is an assumed risk when attending Mass.
  • Eucharistic Adoration will be suspended at this time. The Adoration Chapel will remain closed due to the size of the chapel and the capacity limitations. We will notify you in the Bulletin when it will resume.

When Coming To Church Please Be Prepared For The Following:

  • When you arrive at Church please head to the front of Church using the front sidewalk. Only the front doors of the Church will be used to enter and exit for weekend Masses. If there is a line waiting to enter the Church please remain physically distant from other families in line.
  • You are required to wear a mask from the time you exit your car until you are back in your car after Mass. You will not be able to enter if you do not have a mask.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the front Church doors and must be used upon entering.
  • To observe physical distancing guidelines, we will be roping off every other pew and asking you to distance yourself from others by six (6) feet, with the exception of families who may sit together.
  • The Crying Room will be closed until further notice.
  • Communion will be brought to you in your pew. Keep your mask on as the Eucharistic Minister approaches you. Communion may be received in the hand only.
  • After the Eucharistic Minister moves to the next person lower or lift your mask, place the Eucharist in your mouth, place your mask back on and sit back down in your pew.
  • No one may leave Mass early. Dismissal will take place row by row starting from the front working toward the back to maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Please begin exiting as soon as the Priest has left the altar.
  • There will be a basket at the exit doors of the Church for you to place your contributions. You may also continue to place your offerings in the secure drop box in the Office vestibule or use our on-line contribution system. We thank you for your great support through this entire crisis.
  • Please leave the parking lot as soon as Mass is over. Do not congregate outside of your car or in the Church, in order to ensure everyone's safety and to allow you time to drive away before the cars start coming in for the next Mass.

Overall Requests:

  • As per the Bishop, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place, in particular for those who are most vulnerable. It is recommended that those who are in poor health, fall in the category of high risk per the CDC and children under the age of two (2) not attend Mass.
  • Please know we must be in compliance with New York State and Diocesan guidelines.
  • Even if you feel you do not need a mask or to honor physical distancing, please maintain both because many others DO see the need. A basic part of our Faith is thinking of others and this is a time we need to be mindful of others.
  • If you are a family with small children who will not be able to remain seated or use a mask, you need to take turns coming to Mass as spouses and not to bring the children to Mass at this time.
  • Please know that all of the Ushers, as well as our regular staff and Ministers are all giving their time and talent. We are grateful and ask everyone to practice good Catholic Christian understanding of love and mutual respect.

Parish Matters Beyond Celebration Of Mass:

  • All parish meetings and social gatherings remain suspended until further notice. Priority number one is the celebration of the Sacraments.

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