As many of you may have read on the Parish Website or seen in the news, Bishop Libasci has mandated that all parishes will offer Communion beginning no later than Pentecost Sunday, May 31st. After consultation, it was decided that Holy Communion will be offered on Sundays from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Bishop Libasci has also issued guidelines for the reception and we will follow this process:
- Everyone will enter by way of the main church doors and exit by way of the stairs leading to the side of the church. The only exception will be for those who HAVE to use the elevator. These doors will be kept open during the distribution of Communion.
- Masks are required of the faithful entering the church and to be removed only at the reception of Holy Communion; masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2; for children between 2 and 5, a mask is at the discretion of a parent or guardian.
- Gloves are NOT to be worn by anyone receiving communion.
We would ask that as you receive Communion you remain at arm’s length and extend your hand to receive our Lord.
- Stairs and aisles will be measured and marked for current social distancing standards.
- Faithful are advised to pray as they approach the Blessed Sacrament and to make a brief prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion as they leave the church. The Faithful are not to remain in the church so as to allow others to receive Holy Communion and not cause delay for others, especially those who may find difficulty in waiting.
The faithful are reminded that they remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass at this time and also must be reminded that those who have tested positive or come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home.
There will be ushers posted and all entrances and exits of the church to assist in the orderly distribution of the Eucharist and to guarantee proper social distances for safety reasons.