Good morning and God bless each of you with peace, hope, and the knowledge of freedom in the Holy Spirit (a reference to today’s first reading)!
After consulting with the Parish Staff, the Advisory Committee, and Fr. Ted, I have decided that for now, we will not resume the 6AM Sunday Mass or the 7AM Weekday Masses. I know this will be disappointing to some. Today we 24 at Mass and yesterday 33. The advice of the diocese is to open as we are able and as Masses are needed. It seems prudent to resume our Masses on a more gradual timeline. Therefore, for now, our Mass schedule will be:
Saturday 4:30PM — Sunday 8AM & 10:30AM
Monday through Saturday 9AM
Reminders (these are substantially unchanged from the last FlockNote Update) if you’re coming to Mass:
- Bishop Siegel’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the people of the Diocese of Evansville has been extended through August 15.
- All people 65 and over, all people with underlying health challenges, and anyone with a fever or other illness should refrain from coming to Mass at this time.
- Live-streaming Masses will continue. Beginning Monday, May 18, live-streaming will be Monday through Saturday at 9AM, Saturday at 4:30PM, Sunday at 10:30AM.
- Maximum seating in church is about 180 people.
- In order to minimize shared space, there will be no lectors or servers assigned at this time.
- Social gatherings on parish property before or after Mass are not permitted.
- As recommended by health officials, all who come to Mass are asked by Fr. Godfrey to wear a mask, except while receiving Holy Communion.
- Please sanitize your hands as you enter church, before Holy Communion, after Holy Communion, and after Mass. Sanitizer will be available (if we can purchase more) at the east entrance door and near the front of the aisles for Holy Communion. Touch as little as possible: pews, door handles, etc.
- Entrance will only be through the east doors – at the top of the ramp.
- Holy water will not be placed at the doors; if you’d like to take holy water home, please bring water in a capped bottle and it will be blessed.
- Hymnals have been removed from the pews; please bring your own Mass materials if you wish.
- Sit only in approved places; families who live in one household may sit together in the side pews.
- Raise and lower the kneelers with your foot instead of your hand.
- The collection will be taken at the east door where you enter in a marked cardboard box.
- There will be no sign of peace at this time.
- Gloves may not be worn for the reception of Holy Communion.
- Holy Communion from the chalice will only be for the priest at this time.
- When approaching for Holy Communion, please maintain a distance of six feet from the person in front of you, unless you live in the same household with the person ahead.
- All who come for Mass are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand to prevent the spreading of droplets from the communicant’s mouth to the minister’s hand.
- Ordered dismissal at the end of Mass will be by row, starting from back to front of the front sections and then from front to back for the rear sections.
Confessions, beginning Wednesday, May 20, will be in the sacristy on Wednesdays 5:00-5:30PM and Saturday 9:30-10:00AM. There will not be confessions before the weekday Masses because of the need to sanitize the space after its use.Enter church through the east door only. Markings on the west inside wall of church (near the regularly-used confessional) will indicate six-foot spacing from others. The door to the server sacristy will be left open (please don’t close it). Enter through that room and into the main sacristy. Depart the same way.For maintaining sanitizing, please do not enter the pews. Depart through the east door.