New County Covid Restrictions
You may have now heard that starting this weekend, all indoor worship services in churches have now been prohibited throughout the County. This does not affect us at St. Margaret’s as all our Masses are being offered outside. Of course, that means entrance into the church after Mass, (as we have already been doing) is restricted to individuals who may wish to reverently pass through the building by way of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and to then exit through any of the eight doors leading to the parking lot.
Again a reminder, out of respect and showing good example to our neighbors, we are to follow all the necessary protocols of social distancing, mouth covering and usual hand sanitizing while on church grounds.
New Fencing around Church and Hall
Arriving for Sunday or weekday Mass offered in the piazza, you will notice the beginning of work on a fence line from the hall to the church and onwards towards the end of the parking lot. I had mentioned this in a previous update and am grateful to the many who are making this possible. Not only does this fence line protect interference with our solar panels, it also protects and secures the outside altar, your chairs and the piazza area which have now become our sacred worship space.
Since the beginning of all the restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a shepherd’s role is not only to lead the flock, but also to protect them, especially when they are out in the open. To that end, in comparison to various other outside venues, I think you’ll agree that what we have provided at St. Margaret’s in our piazza is indeed a welcoming and sacred environment for all. I only wish I could adjust the outside temperature and reschedule any rainfall! And to that end, please know of all our gratitude for the commitment and sacrifices you make during these challenging times.
We will be approaching Thanksgiving soon and preparing for Christmas. Please be assured that your pastor, deacon and parish staff are working hard to ensure that your experience being at Church will always be sacred, safe and secure.