ST. PAUL’S GUIDELINES FOR MASSES IN THE GYM

Masks are required for all liturgical celebrations.

THESE GUIDELINES PROVIDE DIRECTION FOR OUR PARISH.  THEY REFLECT THE MOST RECENT GUIDANCE FROM CIVIL AND HEALTH AUTHORITIES.  THEY WILL BE UPDATED AS NEEDED DEPENDING ON THEIR SUCCESS AND THE EVER-CHANGING NEEDS OF THE PARISH. 

BISHOP ESTEVEZ HAS INDEFINITELY DISPENSED THE FAITHFUL FROM THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND WEEKEND MASS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS SHOULD REMAIN SHELTERED IN PLACE.  THEY SHOULD NOT RETURN TO MASS UNTIL PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES ARE RESCINDED.  THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH BY PARTICIPATING IN LIVE-STREAMED OR RECORDED MASSES.  MASS WILL BE RECORDED SATURDAYS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE SATURDAY EVENING BY 5:30PM.

 1.  CELEBRATION OF MASS

  • All Masses will be celebrated in the gymnasium at St. Paul’s. There will be no Masses at St. Peter’s. 

  • Weekend Masses will include the Saturday Vigils at noon, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 PM. (There will not be a daily 9:00 AM Mass on Saturdays). 

  • Sunday Masses will be held at 8:00 and 10:00 AM, as well as 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 PM. (There will be no Children’s Liturgy at the 10:00 AM Mass).

  • Daily Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 AM only. (There will not be a 5:30 daily Mass).

  • Entry will begin 30 minutes before Mass through the main doors facing 5th Street.

  • Face masks or other face covering of the nose and mouth are required for all over age 6. They must be worn to be admitted, and to participate in the Mass.  St. Paul’s will not be providing face masks – please bring your own. 

  • You will also need to bring your own chair or blanket for seating – NO seating will be provided. This is to avoid the extensive sanitizing of all surfaces between each Mass. Please be respectful of our new gym floor when choosing your chair.

  • Physical distancing will be strictly followed. (Members of single households may be seated together). 

  • Gym capacity will be limited by the physical distancing requirement. When it is reached, we will close the gym with no admittance until the next Mass.  Weekly Mass attendance is posted on the website and on MyParishApp so you can plan accordingly.

  • There will be no altar servers, cantor or choir.

  • Handholding is not permitted during the Lord’s Prayer.

  • The Sign of Peace can be observed with a simple bow, a wave, or just a smile.

  • The parish will not be providing hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes for personal use. Bring your own.

  • Holy Communion will be distributed in the form of the Precious Body only. You will receive in your hand, pull your mask down to consume it, and return your mask to cover your mouth and nose. 

  • Ushers will assist and direct movement in the communion line to assure appropriate physical separation between lines and individuals.

  • Baskets for offertory will be located at the doorways. If you regularly attend St. Peter’s Mission, please write St. Peter’s on your envelope.   

  • Please make an orderly exit via the side doors and do not gather in groups after Mass. Physical distancing should also be observed in the parking areas. 

Even with the best practices, anyone who enters a public space, including Mass, should be aware of the risk of contracting COVID-19.  The pandemic continues. Nothing has changed regarding the contagiousness of this coronavirus or its existence in society. We should assume this will be our new norm for the weeks and possibly months to come. Let us seek progress and not perfection as we practice love of neighbor in seeking not to contaminate those around us.  If you are sick, please stay home!

2.RECONCILIATION: Confessions are in the gym on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 AM and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00.  A member of the parish staff will be at the main door to monitor admittance. You will be asked to wait outside until the next priest is available.  Remember physical distancing. It will be necessary for you to wear a mask to be admitted and while talking with the priest.   

3.ADORATION: Beginning July 9th, adoration will be held in the Gym on Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30PM until further notice. The church will remain open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM for individual prayer if there are no more than 10 people at a time and physical distancing is maintained. Please note that the back of the church remains closed to the public.

4.BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

  • Continue to schedule through Angela in the parish office.

  • The number of guests in attendance are limited and masks are required for all guests.

5.ANOINTING OF THE SICK

  • The priests will be following the protocols of the hospitals, assisted living and nursing facilities, and hospice centers.

  • The priests will not be making home visits until further notice.