COVID19 Parish Guidelines Effective Aug 9, 2021
COVID-19 PARISH GUIDELINES
Effective August 9, 2021
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There is a growing concern in our medical communities that the Delta variant could begin to overwhelm local health care facilities, as it is in other parts of the state, country and world. Due to the strong recommendation of the healthcare community, which includes consultation with the local medical community:
There is an expectation that unvaccinated people be masked at all indoor parish functions (e.g. parish meetings, youth events, religious education, RCIA groups, parish social events, weddings, funerals, receptions, etc…) including the Celebration of the Mass. We would also recommend and strongly encourage all vaccinated parishioners to mask, because there is growing evidence that vaccinated transmissions can still take place. We are asking these things out of an abundance of caution and out of an abundance of charity for our neighbor.
You may want to make reference to these mandates which are in place until further notice:
· The Sign of Peace is to be given without physical contact, or may be omitted.
· The practice of the faithful receiving the Precious Blood from the chalice is suspended.
· The practice of the faithful receiving Holy Communion on the tongue is suspended.
· Congregational singing is to be greatly reduced or eliminated.
Gathering spaces (churches, meeting rooms, etc.) continue to be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
Continue with proper handwashing and/or hand sanitizing.
Parishes are encouraged to continue live-streaming Masses if possible.
Those who feel ill, are considered high risk, are concerned about exposure to the virus or are unable to wear a mask on parish property, are encouraged to remain at home.
Those who are eligible for a vaccine (12 years of age and older) are encouraged to become vaccinated. Vaccinated, symptom-free individuals will not be required to quarantine in the event of a positive contact.
There are no capacity or social distancing requirements at this time for the Liturgy.
Mass & Confession Times
Sunday Mass Times Confession
Saturday: 4 PM Saturday: 12:30 to 2 PM
Sunday: 7 AM or by appointment
Sunday: 10 AM
Sunday: 5 PM
Weekday Mass Times Office Hours
Monday: 6:30 AM Available only
Tuesday: 6 PM by appointment
Wednesday: 6:30 AM
Thursday: 12 PM
Friday: 12 PM
Mass January 22/23, 2022
- Fr. Mike Clark, Pastor
- Fr. Jamie Dennis, Parochial Vicar
- Jennifer Hawes, Office Manager
- Cyndi Vaughan, Office Assistant
- Christina Barnard, Director of Youth Ministry
- Patty Woerter, Coordinator of Liturgical Music
- Scott Wheatley, Maintenance Mechanic
- Bill Bach, Deacon
- Brett Mills, Deacon
- Becky Buck, Custodian
National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) Response to Protests
June 2, 2020:
The horrible death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, caught on video for the world to see, has incensed our nation. His death and other recent incidents around the country have brought a piercing light on deep-seated problems in our country that need to be answered by each of us in a spirit of love and conversion of heart, as we embrace a culture of life and respect for all, remembering that every one of us is made in the image and likeness of God.
Saint Paul tells us, “God has reconciled the world to himself in Christ... entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). As racism continues to manifest itself throughout our country, we must strengthen our efforts in continuing Christ’s work of reconciliation. Our Christian faith calls us to see each other universally as members of God’s family; therefore, our faith also calls us to confront and overcome racism. While we pray for peaceful and non-violent methods to confront this sin, we also stand in passionate support of our communities that are understandably outraged. We, as a Church, must find ways to understand the pain of our brothers and sisters and respond to the hurt with the love that Christ demonstrates to us.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon all Catholics to, “Pray and work toward a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth to touch the hearts of all in the United States and to come down upon our criminal justice and law enforcement systems.” Let us step up and be the Church of love, compassion, mercy, and understanding that Christ created us to be as we join those who are marginalized and on the peripheries in the pursuit of justice.
May the spirit of God unite us in love and respect and heal our broken society.
If you know someone who has left the Church or does not believe in God, share this 25 minute YouTube video with them. Then, contact us so that we can reach out to them.