Guidelines for Participating at Mass

Please keep these two things in mind when coming to Mass.  Social distancing (6 feet apart) and wear your mask.  If you are elderly or suffer from any illness please do NOT plan to attend.  The dispensation is still in effect from attending Mass.  Ushers will seat you and attempt to get as many people into Church as we can with the guidelines.  We will also have some seating in the Parish Hall.
Guidelines for participating at Mass:
Notable directives:
1. Public Sunday masses are scheduled to begin at St. Michael Parish on Pentecost Weekend, May 30-31.
2. The dispensation from the obligation to attend mass remains in effect until further notice. Sick persons and those more susceptible to infection – the elderly, those already in frail health – are urged to remain at home and participate in televised or online masses. Anyone who fears being infected by attending mass should stay home.
3. Social distancing will be required at mass. Those who live in the same household may sit together; otherwise, there must be six feet of separation between persons. Every effort will be made to accommodate the faithful who come but once the reduced seating capacity of a church is reached, no others may enter the church.
4. The faithful are to wear masks during mass, except in the moment of receiving Holy Communion. If at all possible, they should bring their own masks, which may be made at home.
5. Some common though optional practices of a Catholic mass will be omitted: the use of hymnals, holding hands at the Our Father, the Sign of Peace, the offering of the Precious Blood of Christ to the faithful.
6. In churches with multiple masses, the church (and hall or gym, if used) will have to be sanitized between masses, as well as before the first mass and after the last.
Thank you for your attention to these matters and for your patience as we move from stay at home to gather for celebration.
Fr. John

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