COVID-19

Directives for Masses and Holy Communion

What a joyous moment, to be able to celebrate together in Mass. This brings our people together with guidelines. Please note that we are doing what is required by the CDC as well as the Diocese to bring our faithful back to worship within a safe and healthy environment.  

NOTE: The obligation to attend Mass is still rescinded.  You are not required at this time. If you are ill, elderly, or have an underlying condition that could be at risk, please stay home.  You are always with us in prayer.  Mass attendance must be achieved in an orderly and safe fashion, greeters and ushers will be here to assist.  Please heed to their instructions and guidance and the following guidelines.

--Masks are to be worn on the way in and out of sanctuary/church. If you choose you may wear a mask during Mass or if social distancing is not maintainable

--Sanitize your hands upon arrival or before you enter

--Please do not congregate within the vestibule or church. We must practice social distancing at all times

--No bulletin or any printed materials will be in the church

--Go directly to a pew that is NOT marked off. 

--Families may sit together as you don’t need to practice social distancing from each other.

--There will be NO physical sign of peace, no presentation of gifts, no collection taken by ushers, no communion from the chalice.

--A basket will be within the church for your contribution envelopes

ONCE YOU ARE IN, You’re in. PLEASE STAY IN PLACE until the release from mass.

---FATHER WILL COME TO YOU via the empty rows for Communion. Please remain kneeling, or if unable to kneel-scoot to the front of pew seat.

--The Cry Room is not available with seating and should be used for just that, crying children only at this time.

-When mass is ended please follow the lead of the ushers and exit with masks on and exit the building.

--Maintain social distancing if you are in the parking lot. 

Reminder: This is all new and there may be some adjustment, but all we can do is remain strong, patient, and faith-filled. Trust in God.

 

Coronavirus Procedures

    You heard recently that Fr. Molloy had tested positive for the coronavirus.  He is now out of quarantine.  The bulk of my article this week is a bulletin article which the Diocesan Chancery sent me outlining the procedures for what happens if a parishioner, a staff member, or I get the coronavirus.

    I should like to begin with three observations of my own.  First, I am genuinely grateful for all that everyone has done in the way of keeping the church cleaned and pasteurized and for the extra trouble that the ushers and everyone else have accepted as part of this.  (I'm not just saying it because the form letter says it.)  Second, it is very important for our spiritual life that we look at the dispensation from the obligation to hear Mass in the correct light.  The dispensation is intended to ease the consciences of those who may be "on the fence" about whether they would be excused from Mass on account of unusual susceptibility or a duty of charity to a susceptible household member.  To look at the dispensation as a license to skip Mass would mean that we had formed the specific intention to "give God the cold shoulder."  With the dispensation, you may err on the side of caution.  Third, there is a plan in place.  Accompanying this letter were more detailed instructions for the priests.  And now, a word from Headquarters...

Rev. Jason P. Stone

Dear parishioners,

It has been a blessing to welcome back parishioners to Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit and St. Isidore. Many volunteers and staff members have been implementing safety protocols and the countless hours of support these individuals have provided the parish community is a blessing! Thank you!

I am confident we can continue to provide a safe spiritual home for many by following our reopening safety and sanitation protocols. Here are the important considerations for your family as you join us:

  • The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays continues to be dispensed for all Catholics. If you are uncomfortable attending Mass or if you are high-risk, we ask you to stay home and remember us at your prayers.
  • Please do not come to Mass if you are sick, have cold symptoms, suspect you have COVID-19 or have tested positive. Follow your medical professionals' guidance.
  • Please be vigilant about maintaining six feet of safe distance between separate households. When you are unable to maintain safe distancing, please wear a face covering.

 

I would also like to address some important questions that have been brought to my attention:

What if a parishioner who has attended Mass in-person receives a positive COVID-19 test?

  • We will notify the local county health department and consult with them. We will not share the name of the individual with anyone.
  • We will make sure the portion of the facility where the individual was present is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • If the individual believes they have exposed others, which is defined as being within six feet of another person for longer than 15 minutes, someone will reach out to those individuals privately.
  • After the area has been cleaned thoroughly and we have reviewed any guidance of the local health department, we will continue Mass offerings following safety protocols.
  • Individuals who had a positive test may return to Mass once they have spoken with their medical professionals, quarantined for 10 days, and have no temperature. (CDC Guidelines)

 

What if a staff member or priest tests positive for COVID-19?

  • We will notify the local county health department and consult with them. We will not share the name of the individual with anyone.
  • We will make sure the portion of the facility where the individual was present is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  • We will make every attempt to find another priest to help celebrate the Mass; however, we may have to adjust schedules to accommodate.
  • The individual will follow medical advice and will not return until after they have quarantined and no temperature is present, following CDC guidelines.

For more information, please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html