“Come rejoicing to the table of the Lord”
Instructions for Liturgy beginning June 5-6
Schedule. We will continue with the current Mass schedule 5 Sat, 8 & 10:30 Sunday. We will monitor attendance for possible future changes.
Face Masks. Beginning on June 2, face masks and social distancing no longer will be required in churches throughout the eight-county diocese. However, diocesan officials strongly suggest that those not yet vaccinated or who are otherwise vulnerable continue to wear a face mask. They also urge that respect be shown to those following health guidelines and those who, for personal reasons, choose to continue wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing. There is no requirement to show COVID vaccination cards for Mass.
Seating. All seating areas will be open. Many more of those favored end seats are available as well as more room in the middle of the pews. A few more chairs will be added to the regular and handicap sections immediately, more as attendance increases. More chairs will be added in the chapel.
Music & Readings. All can join in singing at Mass. The hymn books and Missalettes will be available as you enter. Each Mass will have its own set of books.
Collection. For the next few weeks we will continue to use the collection boxes and the basket on the gift table for the offertory collection. We will resume the offertory gift procession once we are able to reconstitute the Mass server ministry.
Holy Communion. The processions to receive Holy Communion are slightly altered. There will be a Communion station for each set of pews. The minister will continue to bring communion to those in the chairs. Please see the diagram on the back of this sheet. The distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended until further notice.
Hand Sanitizers. Hand sanitizers and masks will continue to be provided at the church entrances. Regular cleaning of the church will continue.
Mass Obligation. The general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holydays is no longer necessary. As is always the case, an exemption from the obligation applies for those who have a serious reason such as those who are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is immune compromised or ill, as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety of contracting coronavirus in a large group of persons. The faithful who are not feeling well should remain at home. We will continue to live-stream the Mass.
“Please continue to pray for a complete end to the pandemic, for all those who died from the pandemic and for those who have lost loved ones, employment or have been adversely impacted by the pandemic,” said Bishop Edward Malesic.
During this service, please pray this prayer during Communion, as you are not able to receive from home:
Notes on watching our streaming services:
Facebook. Users can log into the events without a Facebook account. Facebook may ask you to join, but you can ignore the button that pops up. You can disregard the opo-up and click on the service you would like to watch.
YouTube. If you prefer, our services will also be shown on our YouTube Channel. If using YouTube, I would suggest subscribing to the channel so that it pops up easier for you.
The Diocese of Cleveland offers Mass on television on Fox 8 every Sunday at 6:00 a.m. and Sunday mass can by viewed by this LINK.
Please remember that these changes are a way to care for all by limiting and hopefully preventing the transmission of the virus.
All confessions are Saturday from 4:00-4:30pm in the Hallway of the School, and also available by appointment.
Office is open from 9am-2pm Monday-Friday. Closed Saturday. Open Sunday from 9am-noon.
Do continue to pray for all those who are ill and their caregivers, for those who are working in many capacities to limit the virus and for an early end to this crisis. Remember to be at peace, to be prepared, to help your neighbor and to bear this hardship with grace.
The Diocese of Cleveland has set up a page of prayers and spiritual resources that are very helpful. CLICK THIS LINK TO CHECK THEM OUT!