Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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Public Masses Begin- What You Need to Know

Dear Parishioners:

This weekend we begin having “in person” masses at all the parishes! We are excited to welcome you back. Here is the schedule of masses for the weekend:

July 11   St. Peter              5:30 pm
July 11   St. Edward          6 pm
July 12   St. Peter              8:30 am
July 12 St. Paul                   8:30 am
July 12 St. Edward            10:30 am
July 12 St. George            10:30 am
July 12 San Eduardo        1 pm      Misa en Español

If you haven’t yet registered for one of the masses, please call the parish office or email your Office Coordinator today. There is a limit of 50 people at St. Peter, 100 people at St. Paul and 200 people at both St. Edward and St. George. Please come a little early wearing your mask and helping us to keep appropriate physical distancing of six feet from your fellow parishioners. We ask that you look at the following precautionary questions and if you answer “yes” to any of the questions, please refrain from coming to Mass.

In the last 14 days, have you:
1. Traveled internationally?
2. Been exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 without the correct PPE?
3. Had a temperature at least 100.0°F?
4. Had new or increased shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
5. Had a new cough?
6. Had at least two of the following symptoms together:
•             Chills
•             Muscle pain
•             Headache
•             Sore throat
•             New loss of taste or smell

You will be asked to review this list upon arrival at mass. We will all enter through only one front door of the church and our Check-in Monitor will ask for your name. Once you have checked in you will be escorted by an usher to the front of the church where you will find a place to sit. We want to seat people from the front to the back in order to eliminate cross traffic. The places to sit have been preset with a small sign with a #1, 2 or an F. These are for single people (1), couples (2) or families (F). Please sit directly behind these numbers. Mass has changed to accommodate the safety protocols. Here are some of the major changes:

  1. Everyone will be required to wear masks throughout the liturgy. Please bring your own, but if you don’t have one we will provide one.
  2. No singing during the liturgy. This has been deemed a “super spreader” and we will refrain for the foreseeable future.
  3. A more “abbreviated” liturgy to streamline a little bit so that we are not in the building for an extended period of time.
  4. No exchange of peace for the time being.
  5. Communion will take place at the end of mass and from there people will leave the building. The presider will wash his hands before distribution of communion and will wear a mask. People are asked to maintain physical distancing while in the communion line and to receive communion on the hand. If the priest/Eucharistic Minister touches your hand they will administer hand sanitizer before proceeding to give communion to the next person. Communion procession will take place down the “outside” aisles of the church (not the center aisle) and people will exit through the side doors.

I know this is a lot to take in, but please know we are doing this for your safety and that of our brothers and sisters. If I can ask your patience and forbearance of all of our volunteers and staff in the coming weekends I would be grateful. This is new to all of us and we are trying to do our part in making sure that we are doing all we can to protect one another. Thank you in advance for your kindnesses to one another.

For those of you who are in a vulnerable category and wish to stay at home, we will continue to have our live stream masses available. We will offer the live stream mass in English every day at 8:30 am (except for Tuesday which will be at 6 pm). Also, the Holy Father and our Archbishop have abrogated the Obligation to attend Sunday mass during this pandemic. We do not want people to jeopardize their own health or the health of others out of a sense of obligation. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Scott Connolly