Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for June 2020
The Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus
Rental Agreement for Church Hall and/or Picnic Shelter
New Parishioner Booklet
July 4 - Independence Day
THE FOLLOWING ARE DIRECTIVES FOR THE REOPENING OF PUBLIC LITURGIES IN OUR DIOCESE AND AT OUR CHURCH
· The dispensation from the obligation to participate in Mass remains in effect.
· Those faithful who are in at-risk groups, those who care for people in at-risk groups, and those who have any symptoms of sickness at all are most strongly encouraged not to go to Mass.
· Social distancing of 6 feet is to be maintained (including in the nave, the processional / recessional, sanctuary, sacristy, entrances to restrooms, etc.).
· Families/households do not have to do this social distancing amongst themselves because they already live
together. However, there is to be social distancing between such a household unit and other families/households/individuals.
· If possible, keep doors open to eliminate unnecessary touching and allow for better air circulation.
· Facilities that are in use, especially highly-touched items (e.g., pews, door knobs, rails, etc.) are to be cleaned with disinfectant/cleaning solution following each liturgy.
· If possible, have hand sanitizer available at the entrances. Due to shortages of products, this may not be possible. If the parish cannot provide the sanitizer, encourage people to bring their own with them to use.
· The faithful are strongly encouraged to wear face masks, which can be temporarily removed for the reception of Holy Communion. Priests and deacons should not wear masks during the celebration of the liturgy.
· There are to be no special gatherings following Mass (e.g., donuts). People should not congregate in the narthex or outside church; social distance is to be maintained at all times.
· Holy water fonts are to remain empty. There may be dispensers of holy water available so that the faithful may of their own accord fill bottles to take holy water home with them.
· Hymnals, missalettes, and other materials should be removed from the pews and stored.
· A church may not exceed occupancy of more than 50% of seating capacity.
The Mass in General
· Mass should not be unnecessarily prolonged so as to avoid people being in a social setting for too long and to
allow sufficient time for cleaning of the church between Masses. As such, briefer homilies, less music, and
other issues are to be taken into consideration. However, the integrity of the liturgy is to be strictly respected
and no required parts of the Mass may be omitted.
· The physical exchange of the sign of peace is to be omitted.
Distribution of Holy Communion
· The Precious Blood is not to be distributed to deacons or the faithful.
· The communion procession with social distancing maintained in the procession;
· No one may distribute Holy Communion wearing gloves, and no one may receive Holy Communion in the hand wearing gloves.
· During this time, the faithful are strongly encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. They should hold their hands at chest level and fully open their hand.
· Because of social distancing requirements, it may not be possible to have a full choir. In such a situation, an organist or other musician and cantor are sufficient.
· The fact that the congregation will not have access to hymnals is to be taken into consideration in planning music.
· There is to be no passing of a collection basket or ushers taking the collection using baskets on handles.
· Collection boxes are to be established at specific locations and the faithful made aware of the locations so they may make their offerings when entering or leaving the church.
For more info, go to the website at https://www.diosteub.org/news/norms-for-the-resumption-of-public-masses
The Sick and Homebound
Taking Holy Communion to the sick and shut-ins is prohibited until further notice.
While this prohibition is a difficult one, the sick and shut-ins, due to the issues of health and age, are most at-risk to the COVID-19 virus, and we must do everything we can to avoid possibly transmitting the virus to them.
Anointing of the Sick
Priests should continue the celebration of this sacrament in a prudent manner.
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