INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 AND THE REOPENING OF OUR CHURCH
|GUIDELINES FOR RESUMING PARISH MASSES|
As of Monday, June 8, parishes can reopen for weekday Mass with a limit of 50 people socially distanced.
Funeral Masses can also resume with the same limits as weekday Masses.
Sunday Masses will not be offered until further notice.
Video taping of Sunday Masses will continue.
No one is obligated to attend Mass or receive Communion.
The elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, those taking care of a sick or homebound person, those who are fearful or anxious need not be concerned about attending Mass.
If you have a cold or a fever or are coughing, you need to stay home for the safety and welfare of all.
Planning is necessary for a church to reopen.
Social distancing of six feet is to be observed, but members of a single family can sit together.
Missalettes and hymnals will be removed from pews.
No collection baskets will be passed during Masses. A box to receive offerings will be placed in the church lobby.
Churches will be sanitized before Masses and in between Masses.
Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby and the restrooms and at the altar.
All attending Mass must wear a mask except for young children at parent’s discretion.
The priest will remove his mask at the altar but will wear a KN95 five layer respirator mask when distributing Communion as will all ministers of Communion.
Priests and ministers will use hand sanitizer before distributing Communion.
There will be no congregational singing as singing has been shown to easily spread the virus.
There will be no sign of peace exchange.
People in communion lines should keep six feet apart, except for families, and wear masks.
After receiving Communion, step off six feet to the side, remove the mask to consume the host,then replace the mask.
Outdoor Masses are allowed with people bringing their own chairs and social distancing still observed.
Confessions can resume as of June 13 but not in the confined space of the confession room.
In the designated space, masks will be worn by Priest and penitent and six feet separation will apply.
To prepare for reopening our church for Masses:
Our State Rep Tami Zawistowski has procured 150 face masks for our parish for anyone who does not have their own mask.
We have purchased 4 gallons of aloe 80% alcohol hand sanitizer and have touchless hand sanitizer stations on order.
We have applied for an infrared thermometer being offered to churches by the State of CT.
All who distribute Communion will have their own KN95 five layer respirator mask.