Given the behavior at recent funerals at the parish where guidelines were not followed (Medical experts recommend that if you have been in a crowd and if people have not worn masks you should get a COVID19 test. If you attended the wake service on June 22nd or the funerals on June 23rd and June 25 we encourage you to contact your doctor and inquire as to whether or not you should have a COVID19 test) and the fact that cases have been rising in our area we need to once again share the guidelines for our parish. For the foreseeable future things will continue to be very different. We know this is difficult for everyone. We will maintain a maximum capacity for all masses including funerals, baptisms and weddings to 75 people. We are not in a position to increase this number or the number of masses and we ask for your cooperation in adhering to this. We will be guided by the health experts as well as local, county and state government and archdiocesan guidelines. This is to ensure everyone’s safety, health and well-being. So, again we ask for your cooperation and patience as we must adhere to the guidelines and they are not negotiable.
Should you come to Mass including Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms?
For your safety and well-being as well as those of our parishioners and community if you are in any of the following categories (please, remember you do not have an obligation to attend Mass until September) you are strongly encouraged to stay home:
those older than 65 years of age
anyone with compromised health conditions
those caring for the sick in any way
anyone exhibiting any signs of illness
anyone exhibiting any signs/symptoms of Coronavirus/COVID-19
fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste of smell, diarrhea, and extreme fatigue
those who have travelled internationally or outside of the State of Michigan in the 14 days prior to possibly attending Mass
those who have been in close contact in the 14 days prior to possibly attending Mass with someone with a diagnosis of COVID-19
How will things be different? Some of the ways are:
Face-coverings/masks MUST be worn by everyone over the age of two (2) at all times in and around the church (parking lot, vestibules, church). We ask that you bring your own facemasks with you. No one will be admitted without a face mask.
You will most likely encounter a line when you enter church. We ask you to adhere to the 6-foot separation. Doors to be used for entry/exit will be clearly marked. Someone will be at the door counting the number of people admitted.
Physical/Social distancing (at least 6 feet away) is practiced in the church and on the church property. Please do not congregate to talk in the parking lot, gathering areas, or the church before or after Mass.
We will not exceed 75 people at a single mass including Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms. This limit allows people to remain at least six feet apart. There will be clear markings indicating where you may sit. It is important to the sit in areas clearly marked and not enter other areas of the church. Please do not enter the choir loft, cry room or gathering areas. Members of the same household (you actually live in the same home) may sit together. Please do not sit with anyone who is not a member of your household.
We will not be singing. Prayers will be spoken with masks on. There will not be an offertory presentation or Sunday collection of offertory contributions. There are baskets available to drop your offertory contributions in. We will not hold hands during the Our Father. There will not be an exchange of peace.
We ask and strongly encourage you to wash your hands prior to arriving for Mass. While we will have hand sanitizer available, we ask that you bring your own if you have it and use it right before you enter the church as well as before you approach to receive communion and when you return to your seat after receiving communion.
While the Eucharist will be shared, it will be distributed in a vastly different way since social distancing must take place. The cup will not be shared. You will be directed when to get up to receive communion. Please remember where you are sitting. The church has been marked off so social distancing may be maintained during the distribution of communion. Hand sanitizer is to be used immediately before and after you receive communion.