It is important that those interested in attending daily Mass read and clearly understand the information provided below:
** It is important to remember no Catholic is required to receive Holy Communion during the pandemic. Permission is for those who desire to receive Holy Communion and can safely do so. Those age 65 or above and those with compromised immunity are encouraged to stay home.
** In Christian Charity, anyone with a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms should remain at home so as to prevent further spread of the illness. Those wishing to participate in daily Mass will have their temperature taken to ensure they are not running a fever, and all required to wear a protective mask, observe social distancing and practice proper hand washing hygiene.
** No more than nine people may be gathered in the worship space at any one time.
** This parish will carefully observe civil law and public health guidelines. Social distancing will be strictly enforced.
** During daily Mass only the Precious Body will be distributed. Low-gluten hosts will be available for those persons in need. Please notify the usher at time of entry if this is necessary.
** During the pandemic all are strongly encouraged to receive in the hand. Those who receive in the hand should consume their consecrated host in the presence of the minister. Those who elect receive on the tongue are asked to open their mouths wide and tilt the head back slightly.
** Consecrated hosts may not be taken outside of the church during this time without prior approval from Father Tom.
** Only up to seven persons, the pastor and the distributing minister may be in the church at one time, which includes any usher directing the Communion line. Markings on the floor will indicate six feet apart to preserve social distancing for the Communion line.
** Communicants are expected to wear masks which may be removed or adjusted for the reception of Holy Communion. The priest or other minister must also wear a mask. Hand hygiene is effective against the coronavirus, and therefore, gloves are not needed if the priest or minister and the communicant perform proper hand hygiene.
** Anyone outside the church doors should maintain 6-feet social distancing between parishioners who are not related or living together.
** Doors will be propped open to eliminate contact. Hand sanitizer will be available and used as people enter and exit the church.
** Parishioners may not stop or stay after the final blessing, it is necessary to exit the church immediately.
To best manage opportunities for all to attend, the confirmation/denial response to your request will be sent one week ahead of the date requested. This will allow those previously denied a chance to select another date. Initially, available slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis and after that, those that have not yet attended for the month will receive preference. Please understand that this means you may have requests denied so others may attend. Thank you for your cooperation and support during this truly unique time. God Bless.
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