We will resume public masses again on June 13th and 14th at the usual mass times.
But as you can probably guess, it will not look the same as before the quarantine. Here is what you need to know:
- You are not obligated to attend Mass. If you or a family member have health concerns, please stay home and continue to watch mass on tv or online. The bishop’s dispensation remains in force until further notice.
- When entering or leaving the church, please maintain 6 feet between families.
- If possible, doors should be open before and after mass as people are arriving and exiting.
- Seating will be limited. Alexander to 40 people, Waverly to 25, Franklin to 60, and New Berlin to 75 with some needing to sit in the choir loft.
- While these are smaller than our usual numbers, some have told me they would not be returning to mass for some time. We will try a first come, first served approach. If more than the prescribed number show up, we transition to an alphabetical assignment, A-L attending one Sunday, M-Z the following.
- Please wear a mask in and out of the church; but if distanced, you need not wear it during the Mass.
- Congregational singing in discouraged.
- Hand sanitizers will be at the entrance of each church.
- We are not allowed to use missals, hymnals, bulletins, or holy water.
- Only the host will be offered, unless for a medical reason you can receive only the precious blood. If that is so, please notify me before mass so that I may put out a separate chalice for you.
- We will have no servers, Eucharistic ministers, or gift bearers. If someone would like to be a lector, please let me know.
- Mass will begin from the sacristy, not the entrance of the church.
- There will be no presentation of the gifts. A basket will be near the entrance of the church, so please place your donations in it.
- Each church must be cleaned after every mass. Some parishioners have generously volunteered to help with this. If you would like to help as well, please let me know and I will connect you with them.
While we would prefer to return immediately to the way things were, with singing, fellowship, and all those things that make our parish life special, we are starting with the essentials—communal prayer and the eucharistic sacrifice of Jesus.
All else will flow from that in God’s good time.
Many thanks for your continued prayers, support, and patience.
With gratitude and joy for the days ahead!
Fr. Seth Brown