- Masks will be required to be worn by anyone age 3 and older throughout the Mass with removal only at the time of reception of Holy Communion.
- Though hand sanitizer will be located at the exits to the church, it would be helpful if you also use a small bottle from your purse or pocket.
- The church will need to be sanitized after each Mass with a special effort and attention to highly used areas (door handles, pews and kneelers, and restricted use of bathrooms). A different team of housekeeping volunteers needs to be recruited in order to prepare the church for the next Mass. Please let Fr. Grenon know if you can help
- Pews will be marked off identifying eligible seating. At the present time, we expect that the allowed seating capacity will be somewhere around 80 parishioners. Pews will be marked off where families will be able to sit together, while other individuals will be asked to sit six feet apart from each other.
- Communion will be distributed reverently and with abundant care as the priest and deacon will distribute communion.
- Since we have to exercise caution and not be touching anything that has been used or touched by someone else, hymnals and missalettes will be removed from the church. Some may feel comfortable bringing a personal copy of Magnificat/or Word Among Us, but you must take it home with you as you leave.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT?
- The obligation to attend Mass continues to be abrogated for the time being. We recommend that you prayerfully consider the risk of attending Mass regardless of your age or the existence of any underlying health conditions. As has been repeatedly recommended over the past few months, we remind you to stay home if you are not feeling well, if you have a fever or a cough, or if you are concerned about your risk of exposure for any reason.
- Remember, if you are 60 years and older or if you are responsible for the well-being of anyone, you are advised to participate in the live-streamed Mass that will continue to be offered for those who cannot join us in church.
- If you are able to join us for Mass in person, you will need to sign up in advance. You will need to notify the rectory via phone and receive a confirmation indicating which Mass, you will be in attendance.
- Upon arriving at Church, you will need to arrive early in order to sign in and then wait to be escorted to your seat. Because the Church seating capacity will be reconfigured, the seat that you are accustomed to using for Mass, may not be able to be used.
- Remember the rules of social distancing, also no handshakes and avoid any congregating anywhere in the church or our parking facility.
Thank you! Try your best and let’s remember to pray for each other!
Can’t wait to see you, but most of all pray together as the parish of St. Joseph’s. Fr. Paul R. Grenon