Masses at St. Gregory Barbarigo:
- We began public celebration of Masses on the weekend of May 23-24.
- We will continue to stream Masses, one or two on weekends, each one on weekdays.
- We will have “social distancing” at Mass where everyone is 6 feet apart, except those who live in the same household, who may sit together. As part of social distancing, the Bishop has asked that everyone receive communion in the hand for this period. That allows us to keep a safer distance from each other than receiving on the tongue. When this is over, we can go back to normal preferences.
- We have taken down the ribbons and replaced them on either end of the pew with signs which say “PEW CLOSED.” The signs are in every other pew rather than every third pew, which should increase our capacity. If you are sitting in your pew and the people are sitting in theirs in front of you and in back, you are six feet apart. If you stagger your positions so that you are not directly behind or in front of someone, then you are farther apart. It will also be possible to move the signs to allow large family groups together, however please do not move the signs without consulting an usher. We might experiment with ways of distributing communion at daily Masses to see what works best. As always, we are open to suggestions and feedback.
- With social distancing, there will be 100 people allowed to attend.
- Everyone will be expected to wear masks and sanitize hands upon entering and leaving.
- There will be three Masses on weekends as before. They will be at:
*5 PM on Saturday,
*8 AM and 10:30 AM on Sunday.
- We are trying to find a system whereby people can sign up for attending Masses, and everyone who wants to come will be able to attend at least once a week. To do this, we ask you to be flexible. Tentatively we plan on having weekday Masses at:
Monday, no Mass
*noon on Tuesday,
*8 AM on Wednesday (primarily for older parishioners),
*5:30 PM on Thursday, and
*8 AM on Friday.
We are open to suggestions, as we want to find the times which are most popular.
- There will be no offertory procession, no placing of hosts in the ciborium, no collection (baskets will be left out on a table in each isle to drop off your envelope).
- We will need lots of volunteers to do this:
- a) cleaning crew for the church after every Mass;
- b) a crew of ushers to greet, sanitize, & seat people, watch offertory baskets; release people for communion, and release at the end of Mass to maintain separation;
- c) lectors and extraordinary communion ministers.
All of these will need to be specially trained.
- If in the last 14 days you are or have been around anyone experiencing the following symptoms, please do not come to church:
* Shortness of breath
* Loss of sense of taste or smell
* Runny nose
* Sore Throat
* Known COVID-19
The Bishop has dispensed all of us from the obligation of attending Mass on Sunday during the pandemic. Given this dispensation, I would ask that you rotate your attendance at Sunday Masses and sign up for weekday Masses as space opens up so that everyone may, over the course of a month or less, attend Mass on Sunday and receive communion. It is our hope that EVERYONE who wants to come should be able to come to Mass at sometime during the week and receive communion.