Masses will resume in the church on Sunday, June 28

St. Anthony of Padua Church

Dear Parishioners,   

            I hope that you are well and staying safe.  Frank, Beth and I dearly miss seeing you at Mass and so look forward to the day when we can gather together safely in church.  In the meantime, we remember you all in our daily prayers.

             We will be resuming Masses in the church on Sunday, June 28, with a 10am and a 12pm Mass.  Masses will take place only on Sundays at this point.  Our concern for the health and well-being of us all has prompted our caution in re-opening slowly.  We will be keeping an eye on the unfolding circumstances and will adjust our schedule as necessary and prudent.

         Coming to Mass in these days will look and feel much different from what we are used to.  For one thing, there are restrictions on how many people can be in the church at one time, because of social distancing. Therefore, reservations have to be made (I know…I never thought I would have to write this!).  Another reason for reservations is the possibility of the need for contact tracing, should anyone contract the virus.  Reservations will be accepted by phone only, on the Monday (9am-3pm) and Wednesday (9am-12pm) preceding the Sunday when you wish to attend Mass. Please speak with either Gail or me; no reservations can be accepted by leaving a phone message.  You will need to check-in before you come into the church, so please arrive 20 minutes early.  The only entrance we are using is the handicapped entrance (ramp and porch) adjacent to the parking lot.  Hand sanitizer will be provided and must be used.  Masks are required. A volunteer will seat you.

  Some additional changes you will find:

¨ No holy water

¨ No bulletins or any paper material (bulletins will be available on the website)

¨ No missalettes

¨ No singing

¨ No procession to begin Mass; no Offertory procession; no recession to end Mass

¨ No greeting by Special Ministers

¨ No sung response to the psalm

¨ No holding hands at the Our Father

¨ No physical touching at the Sign of Peace (wave)

¨ No Communion in the form of the Precious Blood

¨ Single file for Communion, respecting social distancing

¨ Communion will be distributed on the hand

¨ No kneeling

¨ And there’s more.  Before each Mass one of the staff will explain how to proceed through the Mass.

We are proceeding slowly, as this serious situation warrants.  If you are over 65, have underlying health issues, have been exposed to someone with COVID 19, are not feeling comfortable coming into the church with other people, are feeling that it is too soon to re-open…please stay home.  There is NO OBLIGATION to attend.  Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Mass will be broadcast from St. Anthony’s at 10 and at 12.  Instructions will follow.  Please call with questions. Be well.

Eleanor

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