As we reopen, I am looking forward to celebrating the Eucharist with you again. We will open gradually so that we can take everyone along. Here are the changes that will go into effect as of June 27, 2021.
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals outdoors or indoors for religious services.
Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals outdoors when social distancing is not possible, and at all times indoors.
Parishes are not to verify who is and who is not vaccinated.
No Capacity limit, our previous seating capacity of 750 remains.
No Social Distancing. The artificial dividers will be removed. We have designated the area behind the Musicians as our “social distancing” section of at least three feet between families.
The seat numbers will remain, should anyone like to practice social distancing.
For now, Holy Communion will be offered in the form of bread only. Communion on the hand is strongly encouraged. The Ministers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are encouraged to sanitize their hands before distributing Communion and after Communion has concluded.
We will discontinue the bringing of Communion to the pews effective June 27.
We will discontinue the “drive-thru” style of Communion after June 27.
We are no longer required to sanitize after each liturgy or service.
We will discontinue the practice of hand sanitization prior to Communion. Those who want it can bring their own individual hand sanitizer, and we will have sanitizer at the doors.
The use of hand sanitizer is no longer required for entry into buildings. However, hand sanitation will be available for all visitors in the church.
All liturgical ministers—Altar Servers (vested), Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (if needed), Ministers of Hospitality—should exercise their ministries as usual in the celebration of the liturgy. Eucharistic Ministers must wear a mask during Communion distribution.
Our ushers will continue to use collection baskets on poles to handle the Offertory Collection.
We will resume all forms of Liturgical procession (i.e., the entrance procession, the Gospel procession, the procession of the offertory gifts, and the recessional procession) gradually. It will depend on availability of ministers.
We will continue to hear Confession on Saturdays, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Confessions will be heard in the church.
OTHER LIGURGICAL PRACTICES
First Communion, Confirmation, Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals, and other religious services (e.g., Private Prayer, Adoration, Devotions, Prayer Services) are allowed to take place indoors without capacity limitations, or social distancing.
I am fully aware that not all are comfortable with a lack of social distancing. Some of us would still like to continue to practice social distancing. We have designated the area behind the Musicians as our “social distancing” section of at least three feet between families.
The office is open for in-person transactions beginning on Monday, June 28, 2021. No mask is required, if you are fully vaccinated. Here are our summer office hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MONDAY—THURSDAY. The office is closed on Fridays and some Public Holidays.
PARISH OFFICE OPEN ON SUNDAYS BEGINNING JULY 25th
TIME: From 8:00am to 12:00 pm.
The Archdiocesan guidelines state: “Distribution and reception of Communion in the form of a “drive-thru” style is not allowed.” Today, June 27, will be our last day. Our Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound can bring the Eucharist to your home if you are unable to come to Mass due to infirmity. Please call the office and give them your address and phone number so we can schedule a Minister. Watch our 9 a.m. live stream Mass. The Eucharistic Minister will bring Communion to you after that Mass.
Next week we will discuss about group meeting re-opening and Anointing of the Sick.
Thanks, and God bless you. Have a great week,
Fr. Mike Ume