Revised Protocols for Public Mass Celebrations
As we progress in dealing with this virus, the scientific community has learned more about the nuances of the corona virus. In the early days, great attention was placed on surface contact, while recent reports focus on the air borne nature of the virus resulting in more emphasis on mask wearing and physical distancing. Due to this deepened understanding of the virus and experience we have had with liturgical celebrations, the archdiocese is issuing revised protocols for public Mass celebrations.
The priest will now wear a face mask except when speaking
The distribution of the Eucharist will now move from the end of Mass to its usual position in the Mass.
A new dismissal protocol will be used to ensure people safely exit the building at the end of Mass.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to make adjustments to celebrate the liturgy in a worthy manner that provides as much safety as possible. During this time a general dispensation from the requirement to attend Mass remains in effect for the faithful. Those who are in a vulnerable category or live with those who are, are encourage to stay home.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
In August, we will resume a Reconciliation schedule. Reconciliation will be by reservation only. This will allow a shorter wait for those wanting to celebrate the sacrament. When making a reservation you do not need to use your real name if you want to protect your anonymity. I hope to see some creative names like “Sorrowful Penitent” or “Seeking Forgiveness”. The purpose of the reservation is to spread out the time people are arriving and to shorten the time one needs to wait.
Reconciliation will be celebrated in the Holy Family Chapel that offers more space and greater ventilation than the Reconciliation Chapel. Universal Face Coverings are mandatory.
All doors will be left open so one does not need to touch door handles. Music will be playing in the south narthex to protect confidentiality.
There is a screen set up in the Holy Family Chapel. One stands at the screen to celebrate the sacrament. There is no face-to-face confession at this time.
It is best if one is prepared to celebrate the sacrament, having done an examination of conscience and knowing what one needs to confess. Time is limited to ten minutes. Extended conversation or spiritual direction is not possible at this time. Check out the parish web page for more information on preparing for Reconciliation
One must do a self-screening before coming to church. Anyone with any symptom of the virus must stay home. There are special protocols for offering confession and anointing for those with the corona virus. Call the parish office to arrange for that.
You can make a reservation for Confession on the parish web page or by calling the parish office.