The Diocese of Rochester has instructed Parishes to create a plan for re-opening. During the initial phase, there will be new protocols and procedures implemented for everyone’s safety.
Please read and become familiar with them. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We understand that some of these procedures may seem burdensome, but they are being implemented to help keep everyone safe. We look forward to and pray for the day when we can all gather without restrictions. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office 315-536-7459. REMEMBER – IF YOU ARE AT RISK, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE OBLIGATION OF ATTENDING MASS. If you are upset by these mandatory guidelines please continue to worship at home.
Now that we can worship in person, daily Mass has resumed. Please check the bulletin for times and locations. When Fr. Jorge is the presider, he continues to stream it on our Facebook page. On Sundays, Patty offers Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30 AM on the FB page.
During the initial phase, all weekend Masses will be held at either St. Michael or St. Januarius worship sites to allow for maximum attendance with safe social distancing. The Mass schedule will be adjusted to allow time to sanitize between Masses.
Weekend Mass times:
Saturday at St. Michael’s at 5pm
Sunday: St. Michael @ 9:30am and St. Januarius @ 10am
Daily Mass will be live streamed at 8 am (Father George will be streaming his Mass)
- During the initial phase, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain in place in our Diocese.
- Those who fall into an “at risk” category as well as families with younger children who may find it difficult to maintain a six-foot distance from others are encouraged to remain at home and join us via live stream.
- If you are not feeling well, have a cough or ANY other symptoms, please remain at home.
CAPACITY & SEAT RESERVATION
- To ensure that we have seating available for those who would like to attend Mass, we are asking parishioners to reserve their seat online or by calling the parish office before each weekend. Instructions for reserving your seats: Please select link for Mass that you would like to attend –
Sunday Mass: St. Michael – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-lady-of-the-lakes-st-michael-sunday-mass-tickets-108762868668St. Januarius – https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=109027586446
- Saturday Mass: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-lady-of-the-lakes-st-michael-saturday-mass-tickets-108761935878
- Weekday Mass:St. Michael – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-lady-of-the-lakes-st-michael-penn-yan-daily-mass-tickets-108712405732St. Januarius – https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=109027586446These tickets are free, and you do not have to print them out. We will have a listing of who has signed up for particular Masses for reference.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- Plan to arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins
- Please wash your hands before leaving home.
- Bring a face mask/covering. They will be required to be worn on the parish grounds and during Mass.
- The restrooms will not be available due to inadequate space for social distancing and the inability to sanitize after each use.
- St. Michael;s entry will be at the Liberty Street door; St. Januarius entry will be at Toby Street door.
- Masks should be worn as you exit vehicle and approach Church entry.
- Lines on the sidewalk at 6 foot distances will indicate where you can wait to enter the Church.
- Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering the Church. A member of the usher squad will pump the sanitizer directly into your hands. You will be asked your name so that it may be checked off the reservation sheet. If you did not call, you will be asked to wait until we are sure we will not be over capacity.
- Each household will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back. Every other pew will be closed.
- The center sections will be seated first followed by the outer sections.
- No one will be permitted to congregate in the aisles.
- The holy fonts will remain empty.
- Masses will be celebrated with minimal singing during the initial phase. There will be no choir.
- Priest or Deacon will proclaim the readings, there will be no Missalettes available.
- Please keep you face mask on for the duration of Mass.
- Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly gift in a basket as you exit the Church, but we strongly ecourage online giving. Please contact the office for further details.
- Holy Communion will not take place at the normal time, but after the final blessing.
- Holy communion will only be distributed by clergy and when necessary one Extraordinary Minister. Only the Precious Body (host) will be offered.
- The preferred way to receive will be in the hand – without physical contact. Those who choose to receive on their tongue will be able to do so but must wait until the end & hand sanitizer must be used after each person receives on the tongue. Hand sanitizer will be used by clergy in the event of any physical contact while distributing Communion.
- There will be 2 stations for Holy Communion, one at the front and one at the rear of the Church.
- Communicants choosing to receive Holy Communion in their hand will be directed by an usher when to exit their pew and proceed to the station.
- Masks should be worn in the communion line. When you are about to receive, remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and then re-mask.
- Those parishioners not wanting to receive can line up with those who will receive and simply bypass the Communion station as they depart.
- Please depart immediately after receiving Communion by the nearest exit as directed by the ushers. Do not return to your pew.
- Please depart in prayerful silence.
- Do not congregate outside, but head directly to your vehicle, maintaining a safe social distance.
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