Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this time. It has truly been a blessing to be celebrating Mass in our parish and to see you again in person.
We have three announcements concerning Masses. The first is that I have been asked to help lead a retreat from June 29 – July 4th. So there will be no daily Masses available at our parish that week.
The second is Archbishop Hebda has asked to come and celebrate Mass for us at 10:30am on Sunday, July 5th to both see our beautiful parish, and also to install me as Pastor.
The third is that we are increasing capacity to 80 people. Although churches can be open to 50% capacity, we still must retain social distancing between households. Depending on the size of the households, we can sometimes fit more or less than that. But we will be adding additional seating in fellowship hall to help as many as possible attend Mass. To help people find a seat, and to reduce cross-traffic, I would ask that you please start by sitting up front, and then slowly fill towards the back. This past weekend, there were some open seats in the middle of the church that were hard to see for those coming closer to Mass time.
There has been some question regarding the distribution of Communion after Mass. The Archdiocese has been clear in their directives that if there are more than 10 people present for Mass, then Communion should be distributed after Mass. While I cannot speak to the motivation behind this, I imagine it is part of trying to control movement within the Mass and prevent cross-traffic. Similar to the reason why we are not doing a normal collection nor having processions at the beginning and end of Mass, and not brining up the gifts. Please see the Diocesan website for more information https://www.archspm.org/covid19/covid19resources/?utm_source=Archspm%20Master%20List&utm_campaign=8062ce3bf1-AU_Newsletter_5-24-18_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_53ecbe15bd-8062ce3bf1-77351849.
Again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and I look forward to when we are able to celebrate unencumbered. But in the meantime, it is important that as we tend to our spiritual health in the Sacraments, we are also mindful of our neighbor and their well-being by following the procedures that are in place to do our part to protect and love them while we come together to worship.