May 12, 2020
GUIDELINES FOR RETURNING TO MASS
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
The seating capacity is 150 people, along with the priest, deacon and other ministers. So that we do not surpass the 150-person seating capacity, please reserve your Mass time. Reservations can be made by calling the parish office: 753-5750, email to [email protected] or on Sign Up Genius.
Please observe social distancing while in the church. Household family members may sit next to one another. Seating in the Quieting Area and the lobby is closed at this time.
There will be no candles, no hymnals and no missals in the pews, and no pamphlets, books or posters in the church, foyer or chapel area. The holy water fonts will remain empty.
Please do not hold hands at the Lord’s Prayer. The Sign of Peace will be done by a simple bow. There can be no physical contact of any kind in the church.
WEAR A MASK
Before coming to church, please wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Everyone over age 3 is required to bring and wear a mask covering your nose and mouth from the time you leave your car until the time you return to your car. You are also encouraged to bring a small bottle of sanitizer for your own use before and after Holy Communion. Please leave handbags and prayer books at home or in your car to help prevent the potential for the spread of the virus.
A basket will be placed near the church entrance to receive your financial stewardship donations whenever you come to church. The collection basket will not be passed during Mass. We encourage you to consider online giving or automatic bank draft. As always, we appreciate your faithful giving.
Priests, deacons and communion ministers will wear a mask to distribute communion. These ministers will gently drop the Precious Body on your opened hand. Communion on the tongue is strongly discouraged. The Precious Blood will only be consumed by the Priest and Deacon. Those who go to Communion are required to have your mask on until after the host has been placed on your hand. Then step aside, remove your mask (only one side, if possible), consume the host, replace your mask and return to your designated seat.
The use of altar servers during this phase of re-opening is strictly prohibited.
LECTORS, EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION AND CHOIR
Only one lector will be required per Mass and a limited number of communion ministers, depending on attendance. Those who volunteer to serve will be required to bring and wear a mask. Limited music will be provided by one cantor and one musician per Mass. Both will be required to bring and wear a mask. The cantor may remove the mask while singing. There will be no choir.
The Shamrock will be available for pick up after Mass only. Please take one and carry it out to your car. Please remember that the bulletin is also available on our website: www.stpatrickbr.org, on our Facebook page or by our electronic email and phone message service. To receive text messages please text GREEN to 84576.
We will resume Eucharistic adoration in the main church on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning May 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. provided enough people are willing to make a commitment during these times. Enter and exit through the main doors of the church. Social distancing must be observed and adorers are asked to sanitize their seating area before leaving with supplies provided for that purpose.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Family Center library. A volunteer will monitor the line to assure that social distancing guidelines are followed. You may also call the office for an appointment for confession at another time.
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS
Funeral guidelines have not changed for this phase of returning to parish life. Therefore, funerals are to be celebrated only with immediate family, clergy and funeral staff present. Father Michael will continue to do the Rite of Committal at the graveside or at the funeral home as requested. We cannot yet schedule Memorial Masses for those who died during the stay-at-home order. We will inform the families when we are able to schedule those. Weddings can be celebrated only with the bride, groom, celebrant, two witnesses and immediate family. A nuptial Mass cannot be celebrated at this time.
HOLY COMMUNION TO THE SICK/ANOINTING OF THE SICK
We are still unable to take communion to the sick and homebound at this time. Pastoral visits to the sick are considered on a case by case basis. Please call the office for more specific arrangements.
MEETINGS, COMMITTEES, MINISTRIES, ACTIVITIES, FUNDRAISERS, CHOIR REHEARSALS
These are all strictly prohibited indefinitely. Please call the parish office if you would like assistance in setting up an electronic meeting.
Beginning Monday, May 18, the parish office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. We encourage transactions by phone, mail, email or by appointment. Those who choose to come to the office will be required to maintain social distancing and must bring and wear a mask. Visitors will enter one at a time and your visit will be limited to the lobby area. We encourage you to call and make an advanced appointment with the pastor and members of the staff.
Even though Masses will be held, there is no obligation to attend. Those who are 60 and older with compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions, not feeling well or anyone who may not feel comfortable are encouraged not to attend. We will continue to offer video Masses accessible from a home computer or telephone. Some may prefer to attend a less populated weekday Mass.
WELCOME BACK TO ST. PATRICK!