Although early voting begins on 10/24 in our State, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have developed a novena (a nine-day prayer) with an intention for each day around the theme of voting. The novena starts this coming MONDAY OCTOBER 26. To join in, you can sign up to get reminders each day at the web page below or simply visit that web page each day for that day’s intention. https://www.usccb.org/2020-election-novena Thank you for praying for our nation and for guidance as we vote.
Please read and follow our plan for in-person worship. It is for everyone’s safety. Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is recorded and posted to the FB page on Friday afternoons, making it available at any time throughout the weekend.
Weekend Mass times: (For links to make reservations for any of the weekend Masses, please go to our Welcome page.)
Saturday at St. Michael’s at 5pm
Sunday: St. Patrick @ 8AM; St. Michael @ 9:30AM and St. Januarius @ 10AM
Daily Mass: Live streamed at 8 am when Father George is presiding. (Not Wednesdays nor Saturdays.)
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place throughout 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 in the Mass using any social media that works for them.
- 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 are found on our welcome page.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- Plan to arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins
- Please wash your hands before leaving home.
- Bring a face mask/covering. They are 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 your vehicle, approach the Church entry and throughout Mass until you return to your vehicle.
- 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. Closed pews are to maintain 6′ of social distancing.
- The center sections will be seated first followed by the outer sections.
- Please do not congregate in the aisles or on the grounds.
- The holy water fonts will remain empty.
- Masses will be celebrated with minimal singing. There will be no choir.
- Missalettes have been removed. Download one to your smartphone or purchase from an online retailer, if you need one.
- The priest or deacon will proclaim the readings.
- 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 encourage 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.
Please continue to pray for all suffering from Covid-19 and the effects of the pandemic. Consider downloading the app for your smart phone that will allow for ease of contract tracing if you are exposed to someone who has also been exposed.
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