Details for Participation in Weekend Mass


Please understand that as our parish works to remain compliant with guidance from the Diocese as well as state and local authorities, these plans are very dynamic and likely to change with little notice. With that in mind and a spirit of Christian Charity we request your patience as we work diligently to keep you safe and informed as things evolve.  It is clear that many have been longing to return to the Mass for quite some time now however, this has to be done safely out of respect for all parishioners and guests of Stella Maris Parish.  

The Dispensation from obligation for attending Mass has been reinstated as of 10.5.2020. See the "Breaking News" on our home page for the official decree and links.

** 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 Mass will have their temperature taken to ensure they are not running a fever, and all are asked to wear a protective mask, observe social distancing, and practice proper hand washing hygiene. 

** Anyone with a temperature equal to or in excess of 100 degrees F will be asked to leave and return when they are feeling better.

** At each worship site attendance will be limited to those who can fit in the church with social distancing. For Stella Maris this equates to 175 attendees at Sister Bay,  130 in Fish Creek and 70 in Baileys Harbor.

** Due to the large number of seasonal visitors and guests who typically attend Mass at Stella Maris, attendance will be treated on a first come, first served basis

** This parish will carefully observe civil law and public health guidelines. Social distancing will be strictly enforced.

** Hand sanitizer will be available and is to be used as people both enter and exit the church.  Holy water fonts will remain empty until further notice.

** If you do not have a mask or simply forgot to bring one along, extra masks will be made available prior to entry.  Please let the usher know.

** Churches will be filled from front to back.  Similar to a wedding, ushers will escort groups in to appropriate seating areas and will release them to leave following the final blessing.  This will be done from back to front to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines. Please be patient and remain in your pew until the usher releases you.  

** During Weekend Masses 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.

** Only the cantor/musician will sing selected Mass parts and the congregation is asked not to sing at this time to avoid potential virus spread.  All hymnals and other worship aides have been removed from the pews.

** The offertory procession (bringing up the gifts) has been suspended at this time.

** Exchange of the sign of peace will not be offered during the Mass until further notice.

** During the pandemic all are strongly encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Upon reception, the communicant should move six feet to the side of the Eucharistic Minister, lower their mask using the elastic ear loops, consume the Precious Body and reset their mask.  Those who elect receive on the tongue are asked to come to the center at the end of the Communion line, open their mouths wide, and tilt the head back slightly.

** Consecrated hosts may only be taken outside of the church during this time with prior approval from Father Tom.

** Offertory baskets will be at entries and exits for you to drop off your contribution.  If you are in need of an envelope, please inform the usher and one will be provided to you.

** 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. Gloves must not be worn when receiving Communion.

**  Even outside the church doors attendees should maintain 6-feet social distancing between those who are not related or living together.

** Parishioners may not stop or stay in the church after the final blessing, it is necessary to exit the church immediately.

Click Here to view the current Daily and Weekend Mass schedule.