GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING CHURCH - PHASE ONE
Please review the current advisory from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Those who are over 65, have underlying health issues or are feeling ill (regardless of what the illness may be) should not be attending Mass in Phase 1.
For those not comfortable attending Mass, Communion will be distributed outside of Mass on Sunday afternoons between the hours of 1:30PM and 3PM.
We have a limited capacity. The Governor is allowing Church’s a maximum of 40% occupancy. However, once social distancing requirements are implemented the actual occupancy allowed is much lower than that. Among the requirements to reopen are that the Parish will cooperate with tracing efforts should a member of the congregation test positive for COVID-19. For these reasons it is necessary that we implement a reservation system for attending Mass.
We have added Masses to the schedule to allows for those who wish the opportunity to attend Mass. The Mass schedule or Phase I: Sat 4PM, Sun 8AM, 10AM, 12N, 5PM. Daily Masses: Mon-Thurs 8AM and 5:30PM.
You will register for a ‘spot’. Most spots can accommodate 3 adults. So, if you are attending Mass by yourself or with a spouse you will sign up for 1 spot. If you are a family of 5 you will need 2 spots.
You will not be able to just show up to attend Mass. On Wednesday morning a link will be emailed out through Flocknote and posted on the Blog (which you can access through the website). This link will allow you to register. For those who don’t have access to the internet, you may call Gloria in the Office and she will complete the form with you on the phone. Leaving a message does not create a reservation.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. This must be printed and brought with you to Mass. If you register with Gloria you will need to make arrangements to pick up a printed confirmation by Friday 5PM.
The doors of the Church will be unlocked 15 minutes before the start of Mass. With the exception of those needing to utilize the ramp to access the Church, all those attending Mass will need to enter the Church through the front doors. The Church will be filled starting from the front pews. You probably won't be able to sit in your 'usual' pew or section of the Church--this can't be helped.
Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
The distribution of Communion will take place after Mass. During Phase I it will not be possible to spend time in prayer in the Church after receiving the Eucharist. You will need to exit the side doors of the Church. Further instructions will be given at Mass.
When receiving Communion: gloves may not be worn; maintain 6 feet distance between you and the next household/person in front of you. When you approach to receive communion, remove your facemask. Reception of Communion will be in the hand only. Once you have received the Host, step to the side, consume the host and put your facemask on. You will then exit the Church through the side door.
Missalettes have been removed as have bulletins. You are invited to bring a Missal with you. The bulletin will include the prayers and readings each week and is available online. You can print the related pages to bring with you. Anything you bring with you must be taken with you when you leave.
These procedures seem strange and inconvenient, yet the time we are living in is quite unique. By adhering to the protocols of each of the phases we can move towards a more ‘normal’ experience of Mass.