Volume 8 #65
Return To Parish Life-Important Info
20200605 V8, #65
Dear Parishioners,

We reopened our parish church last weekend. . This milestone is just one small step toward returning to the proper life of the Church, Please note: If volunteers do not sign-up for the church cleaning/disinfecting after each Mass, I will cancel that Mass. This is not my choice . Read it HERE

The Diocese has prepared a BROCHURE that outlines some of the modifications that we will have in place upon your return.

Please s tep up to volunteer HERE to stewardship your time and talent.

Welcome Back.
Fr. John
Register for seating or to assist with
Hospitality/Greeting or Cleaning at

There are 75 slots available at each Mass for seating;
five people are needed at each Mass
for Hospitality AND Cleaning.
(Select the # of people attending in your group, and then register your name.)
Here are some other things to keep in mind:

Mass attendance is Optional, not Obligatory: The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains in effect until further notice. Those who are not well must remain at home and those who believe they are at risk of infection should exercise prudence.
Live stream of Sunday Mass will now be at 10:30am

Safe-Distancing, Attendance Limits, and Other Precautions:
--Family members may sit together but must maintain a 6-ft separation from the next family.
--Capacity: 75 persons per Mass.
--See pix at bottom of page for church floor/seat markings
--face masks are encouraged, but not required.

Liturgical Accommodations/Modifications
--Communicants will process down the middle aisle or side perimeter (wall) aisles (beginning from the rear) and return to the pews via the wing aisles. This is a slight change from regular practice.
--There are two postures: sitting or standing; no kneeling
--The choir will provide limited music; there is no congregational singing (but you can hum along)
--The collection offering is placed in the Gathering Space only.
--Please follow the direction of our Hospitality ministers in all situations.

The full details of the diocesan standards for safe public liturgies is posted on the  Parish Reopening Plan website .
"We can't return to normal
because the normal we had was precisely the problem"
(Hong Kong subway graffiti)
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