Re-opening Information

WELCOME!

It is with great joy that we let you know that our churches can open for daily and weekend Masses! Bishop Scharfenberger gave us the go ahead to begin daily Masses this week, and we are preparing for welcoming parishioners back this weekend in accord with NY State guidelines. It is truly a blessing to be able to gather again around the Altar on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

While the Bishop has stated that Churches can open, the dispensation continues for those
who are not yet ready or able to attend in person. Therefore, our live stream feed of all of our Masses will continue. Mass and prayer schedule for in person attendance and live stream coverage is as follows:

September – June

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am and 10:30am
  • Tuesday, Thursday 6:30am, and 10:30am
  • Saturday 8am and 4:30pm vigil
  • Sunday 7am, 9am and 11am
  • Eucharistic Adoration: Monday – Friday 12noon to 1pm
  • Rosary: Monday – Friday following the 8am Mass

July & August 

  • Monday – Friday 8am and 10:30am
  • Saturday 8am and 4:30pm vigil
  • Sunday 7am, 9am and 11am
  • Eucharistic Adoration: Monday – Friday 12noon to 1pm
  • Rosary: Monday – Friday following the 8am Mass

Our committee has been working diligently to prepare the Church by roping off every other pew for distancing measures; placing taped markings on the carpet for social distancing and communion procedures; and installing hand sanitizers around the Church. Staff and volunteers will be cleaning the church pews and wiping down the doorways and restrooms between Masses.

It is fortunate that the size of our Church should allow us to accommodate parishioners
safely. The balcony will be open for seating and the school gymnasium will be available for additional seating if needed.

HOW TO PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME

  • Be sure you have a mask; and if possible a small size hand sanitizer for personal use.
  • If you are sick or have any symptoms of the Coronavirus, please stay home. Thank you!

AS YOU ARRIVE FOR MASS

  1. Please wear your mask/face covering (as mandated by the governor’s executive order).
  2. Practice social distancing as you enter the church or use the restrooms.
  3. when you enter the church, our ushers and welcome team will direct you where to sit; and will assist you with our new communion procedures.

DURING MASS

  1. There will be limited singing due to wearing masks.
  2. During the Our Father, please do not hold hands with anyone outside of your own household.
  3. During the Sign of Peace, simply do a slight bow or nod to acknowledge/extend peace to others around you.
  4. When it is time to receive Holy Communion, ushers will assist you to the communion line while maintaining 6 feet distance.  You are asked to keep your mask on, extend your un-gloved hands, one on top of the other to receive the host which will be “dropped” carefully without touch into your waiting hand.  You will then take a few steps to your right or left, lower your mask and place the host into your mouth, and then return the mask back over your nose and mouth and return to your pew.
  5. While it will be wonderful to finally be back with our parish community we ask that parishioners not congregate in the narthex of the church or indoors of the church out of concern for everyone’s personal safety.

In order to to follow the CDC and Diocesan guidelines churches have to implement the
following temporary changes. For the time being we aren’t able to offer holy water in the fonts; have full choirs; full processions, gift bearers, greeters or altar servers; and the missalettes had to be removed from the pews for sanitary reasons. If you would like to follow along with the readings, please bring your own prayer book or you can follow along here: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061020.cfm and simply change the date on the calendar for the given day.

Our parish is once again able to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will now be heard on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00pm inside the church off by the side aisles.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the table of the Lord, and ask for your patience and consideration as we do our best to re-open as safely as possible. Please understand that each of these measures are in place as per CDC and Diocesan Guidelines and are meant to protect each of you and allow us to gather safely as we praise God together once again! We have missed you and can’t wait to see you again!

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