Resumption of Sunday Masses
Effective Sunday, June 21, 2020
As previously announced in the Cardinal’s directives, and as depicted in the ‘Welcome Back Video,’ there will be many differences when returning to Church for Sunday Mass while continuing under pandemic restrictions. Each Parish Pastor will determine whether or not and when to return to a Sunday Mass Schedule and other Sacramental celebrations and the most practical schedule and way in doing so.
The Sunday Mass Schedule with which we will begin this next Phase, is included in this communication. Please be reminded of and take particular note of some important things:
Masks are required for entry into the Church.
You should equip yourself with and use your own personal hand sanitizer.
Follow all signage and directives in the Church, and from the Ushers and Staff.
You will be directed to seating in both the Church proper AND the Lower Church. The 3 Masses will be ‘beamed’ down from the ‘Upper’ Church on a screen in the Lower Church, so that everyone is attending the same Mass.
Because of the necessary limitations and reduction of seating capacity in the Church pews (alternate pews are closed off), family groups will first be accommodated in the Church, so as to make maximum use of the limited pew space. Then, individual seating will follow. As you will note, only 3 individuals OR a more numerous family group who live together are allowed in each of the open pews. If only individuals are seated in the Church, only 45 people can be accommodated. Hence, the need to defer to family groups first. With family groups primarily seated in the Church pews, conceivably up to 100 people could be accommodated.
The seating in the Lower Church, more easily spaced with folding chairs, is set up to accommodate 60 people. With everyone’s cooperation, between the Upper and Lower Church, we will be able to accommodate the usual number of people who attend either of our Summer Sunday Masses.
Restrooms are not available.
Hymnals/Missalettes have been removed from the pews and are not to be used at this time. You may bring/use your own Worship Aids to follow along in the Mass, and take them back home with you. Please do not leave anything in the Church.
Please deposit your Collection Envelopes/Church Contributions in the Baskets/Collection Boxes stationed in the Aisles. There will be no Basket passing throughout the seating areas.
For the receiving of Holy Communion, only ONE SINGLE LINE is to be formed in the center aisle. Please keep proper distance in coming out of your pews/chairs and while moving along in the Communion line. When approaching for Communion, you will receive the Sacred Host in your hand. Step aside, lift your mask, and consume the Host, then move along back to your seat VIA THE SIDE AISLES.
When departing the Church, please be conscious of keeping safe distances, alternating pews to leave safely. There cannot be social gatherings at this time.
Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding, as we continue on…
God Bless You.
Note Revised Schedule as pandemic restrictions continue:
8:30am, 10am, 11:30am
(Saturday evening Mass continues to be suspended at this time.)
Mondays thru Fridays:
Confessions available by appointment only. Contact the Parish Office.
Church Opening Hours:
Sunday: 8am - 1pm
Monday thru Friday: 10am - 1:30pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm (for visits & private prayer)
Until further notice, for those who need to remain at home, the virtual Sunday Mass at 10:30am and Wednesday Rosary at 7:30pm will continue online, via links at spphoboken.com, YouTube, Facebook.