From Monsignor Lantz: Our 3 parishes have received approval from Bishop Paprocki to reopen for Mass beginning June 6 & 7 – with some strict guidelines. This will not be “church as we knew it.”
First, dispensation from the obligation to attend mass on weekends and holy days remains in effect. If you are medically fragile, not feeling well, or have anxiety about attending, please stay home! You can watch a mass through technology. No one is obligated to come.
Seating capacity is to be no more than 25% of the church’s space. Social distancing of 6 feet must be observed. Families or those who came in the same car may sit side by side but should keep 6 feet apart from any other group or individuals in the pews. This will affect the number of people allowed to enter.
Seating is first come first serve. St. Mary’s has space for a minimum of 64 and Holy Trinity has space for a minimum of 62. St. Rita will hold a minimum 68 which includes seating in the hall.
All must enter through the main door of the church. Ushers will count as you enter and guide you to a seat. Don’t be upset if it’s not where you usually sit. You are required to wear a mask entering, exiting, and any time you move around in the church, but it is up to you whether you wish to wear it while seated.
All books and printed materials have been removed from the church in keeping with Bishop Paprocki’s directives. A basket will be available near the entrance for your church contribution. Ushers will not take a collection because this would put them too close to those in the pews.
The schedule for weekend masses will be:
4:00 p.m. Saturday at St. Rita
9:00 a.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity
11:00 a.m. Sunday at St. Mary
There will not be a 6:00 p.m. mass on Saturday at St. Mary for the time being. We are required to clean and disinfect the church after each use, and we do not currently have the staff to do this before the Sunday mass.
Communion will be distributed at the end of mass and the congregation will exit immediately after receiving. There will be no cup. Any one wishing to receive communion, but who does not feel comfortable attending mass may enter the church at the conclusion of mass to walk through and receive. Ushers will open the doors and welcome anyone who wishes to come for communion only. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Weekday masses will also resume beginning Tuesday, June 9, as follows:
7:30 a.m. Tuesday thru Friday at St. Mary
8:00 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday at St. Rita
9:00 a.m. Wednesday & Friday at Holy Trinity
Masks and social distancing will be required at daily mass as well.
The bulletin for Trinity Sunday can be found on My Parish App and our website.
Our Lady of Lourdes ,pray for us!