Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass during this period of pandemic We have all become aware of the need to maintain both proper hygiene and social distancing. Hygiene: FACE MASKS: covering both nose and mouth must be worn by all lay faithful over the age of two inside the church. wash hands at home and use hand sanitizer provided at entrance of the church. Please speak with Brigida Gutierrez if you would care to assist in the cleaning of the church before weekend Masses. All fonts will be emptied of water. Heritage Missals will be removed from the pews Lectors and servers will wear masks, but lectors will remove them when they are reading. The celebrant will not wear a mask at the altar because doing so impedes his ability to lead the public prayer and worship. Priests and ministers who distribute communion will wear a mask.THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE EUCHARIST: The reception of the Precious Blood will be suspended. Communion will be distributed solely on the hand. The reception of communion will take place after the final blessing to limit movement in the church so that the assembly can leave immediately after receiving the eucharist.
Choirs will be suspended because of the danger of transmission of the virus. The assembly is discouraged from singing. If available we will have no more than a cantor and an accompanist. The celebrant: the priest must be alone at all times at the presidential chair and the altar. The priest should have an individual paten and chalice for his communiona ciborium for the community shall be covered. offertory: Baskets will be at the entrance of the church for your contribution.
Social distancing: Every other pew must remain vacant. One household per pew or two unrelated individuals seated at each end. The Comfort room will be available to only one family. First come, first serve.The sign of peace continues to be suspended. The procession of gifts is suspended the holding of hands during the Lord's Prayer is suspended. There can be no general social gatherings before or after Mass. Additional folding chairs can be obtained from the parishes’ halls for those who would sit outside in the likely event that the Sunday masses exceed the capacities of the churches. The faithful are encouraged to bring hats or parasols for outdoors use.Adjustments to these provisions will be made as needed until we can return to our customary worship.