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This week I had the pleasure of going to the homes of our soon to be 8th grade graduates. I dropped off lawn signs to congratulate them and gave them their caps and gowns for their upcoming graduation Mass scheduled for May 28th. While we will be following all of the current safety protocols and social distancing guidelines, we are blessed to be able to invite the twelve graduates and their parents to the church for Mass. As the 60th graduating class, this certainly will be a period of time that will forever be remembered.
In recent weeks I have been enjoying some of the free programming on various online platforms. I have been able to watch shows about the animals at the Tampa Zoo, explore various aquariums and take virtual field trips to destinations all over the world. It has definitely given new meaning to the phrase " you have the world at your fingertips". We have sent home a list of links in previous weeks for just such excursions, and I encourage you to watch and share these with your children in the months ahead, as we will be moving from distance learning to summer break in just a few short weeks!
For those of you who are now able to return to some of your weekly religious and mass services in person, I hope you enjoy this long awaited reunion with friends and parishioners.
Have a great weekend.
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk
MESSAGE FROM FATHER ROB ON THE RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASS
Dear Epiphany Family,
I am excited to announce that the public celebration of the Sunday Mass will resume at Epiphany on May 17th at 10:30am and the 7pm Wednesday Mass on May 20th.
After the Bishop’s pubic statement, I convened the Liturgy Committee (which includes two practicing medical specialists) to assist me with determining how to most safely resume public Masses at Epiphany. Understand that parishes in the diocese are resuming Masses differently based on their number of parishioners, amount of space and the availability of staff and volunteers.
Due to current restoration activity, our hall is not available to celebrate Mass at this time. An outdoor Mass was being planned, but it is not logistically possible at this time. The celebration of Mass inside the church was deemed acceptable as long as safety precautions were put in place. We will have one public weekend Mass on Sundays at this time.
Echoing Bishop Estévez’ public statement, “those who are most at risk of serious infection or illness, as well as their caregivers, are strongly encouraged to stay home.” I will continue to live stream all our Masses. Keep in mind the Bishop’s dispensation from attending Sunday Mass is still in effect.
I am requiring that everyone entering the church wear a mouth/ nose covering (i.e., a mask) at all times while inside the building. This is requirement is for both your health and the health of others; liturgical minsters and I will at times remove our mask in order to perform our liturgical function. To wear a mask is both prudent and an act of charity to your neighbor who is concerned about his or her health and those they care for. You need to bring your own mask.
Our pews can only accommodate 108 persons at 6 feet apart. Not all of us will be able to attend Mass every weekend.
We tried our best to estimate how many could resume attending Mass the first weekend. There exists the possibility of not allowing anymore persons in once the occupancy limit is reached. Please be understanding if this occurs to you. If it does, I will do all that I can for you attend Mass the following Sunday.
For now, those whose last name begins with a letter between A and L, space will be available for you on May 17th. For those whose last name begins with a letter between M and Z, space at Mass will be available for you on May 24th. We will alternate this way for now.
Please understand and abide to the following to help make our church experience safe and accommodating for all:
·An usher will greet and offer you instruction upon entering through the single open front door to the church.
·Maintain 6 feet of social distancing between you and those who do not reside with. The only brief exception to this will be between you and the priest or minister at the time of Holy Communion.
·Sit precisely at the blue marks in the pew. Families or those residing at home together can sit beside each other as long as six feet of distance from others is kept.
·If you enter an empty pew, please take the middle spot to avoid others from having to squeeze by you while taking their seat.
·The consecrated host will be distributed only on the hand
·Once you receive the host, step aside and promptly consume the host before walking back to your pew
·Offertory baskets will be located at the center of the Gathering Space and at the far side exits.
·If you have hand sanitizer, feel free to use it at any time.
·After Mass, equal use of all three exit points in church is encouraged.
·Due to the time needed for the building to self-disinfect from the possible presence of contaminants, the hours church doors are open during the week will be affected
I realize these instructions may appear excessive or burdensome to some. However, we must be mindful of those who think differently about their health. If you have any concerns, please email the office at email@example.com.
I am really looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday to finally celebrate the Eucharist with you again in person!