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11:30 AM Mass will change to 11:00 AM
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GUIDELINES FOR RETURNING TO MASS AT ST. CHRISTINE'S IN MARSHFIELD. MA
Recognizing that the pandemic persists, the Archdiocese has made the following statement: “The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. Cardinal Seán strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicating physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes on Catholic TV.” Mass is inherently a high-risk activity, given that it involves many people gathering indoors for a prolonged period of time. Whether you are healthy or “high risk” (anyone over 60, immunocompromised, with a heart condition or diabetes, or who has any other serious underlying medical conditions), your safety and health during worship is the highest priority. I encourage each of you to discern what is best for your own health and the health of your family and your communities, and to consult with your doctor when appropriate. Should you decide that staying at home is safer, we respect and honor your decision. We operate in this way out of caution and, even more so, out of love. God entrusts us to care for one another. In Mark 12:31, Jesus says, “...Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." God draws us together as followers of Christ; yet, in this pandemic, loving our neighbor means keeping our distance, wearing masks when not at home and staying apart. We pray for wisdom and fortitude in this long period of social distancing and we pray for the time we can all worship together safely.
In order to open churches for the celebration of Mass, we must all follow the Massachusetts guidelines for safety and social distancing. It is important to remember that these directives and guidelines are not intended to be permanent adjustments to normal practice but temporary responses to the pandemic. Everyone’s patience, understanding and cooperation will be needed as we all adjust to these procedures. I am encouraging everyone to use prudence and common sense and for everyone to take personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of their neighbor. Please be kind and charitable above all.
Public celebration of Mass will resume on Saturday evening, May 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm, the Vigil of Pentecost. Sunday Masses for this week will be 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:30 am. Please note well that since we just celebrated Memorial Day, we will be changing our 11:30 to 11:00 am the next week, but since we haven’t been together for so long, this week will be 11:30 am. There is a possibility that we will not be able to open St. Theresa’s Chapel this summer but I will wait to make that final decision. We have made arrangements to have the church cleaned after every Mass but again ask for your cooperation and assistance. I am asking everyone to please bring his or her own hand sanitizer and to use it before entering the church, before receiving Holy Communion and upon leaving the Church. I am so grateful to volunteers who will take up the task of sanitizing and cleaning. Because our Church’s size, the 40% capacity rule instituted by the governor will likely affect us and limit us to 140 to each Mass and so we must be mindful of our numbers at each Mass. Once the Church has reached its capacity, no one else will be allowed in the Church. My biggest concern is obviously trying not to turn anyone away. Because we must keep a count of all entering, I am asking that everyone enter through the main front doors of the Church (please exit through the side doors). I know that some churches are using an on-line registration or a ticketing service to provide entrance into the Churches; I don’t think that is the best option for us here, especially for our elderly and those who don’t use the Internet. We will use the principle of “First Come, First Served.” Unfortunately, once we reach our capacity, we will have to turn people away and ask them to attend another Mass, which I will honestly say breaks my heart to even think about telling people they are not free to enter but we must abide by these regulations. If this becomes an issue, we will reevaluate.
Once you enter the Church, an usher will direct you. Some parts of the Church are for families: some are for one or two people. Please do not sit where there is Blue tape under any circumstances. As you proceed to your seat, you will notice that every other pew has been roped off. Please respect these markers and sit only in available pews. I am sorry if “Your Pew” is not available. Families may sit together but please don’t sit within 6 feet of another person/family. This will mean that some of you who normally sit in the far back of the church may need to sit a bit closer to the front. You will notice a couple of things: There will be no Holy Water in the fonts. There will be no hymnals and missalettes. There will be no offertory procession of the gifts of bread and wine or collection baskets. There will be no Sign of Peace. The family room (cry room) will not be available. The use of face masks/coverings is recommended by the CDC and required and mandated by the Governor of the Commonwealth, unless unable because of a medical condition or under the age of two – please see the State Guidelines for more info.
Priests and Liturgical ministers will not wear masks during the celebration
of Mass but will wear them during the distribution of Holy Communion.
In the very beginning in this process of reopening, the priest who is
celebrating will do the readings and be the only one to distribute Holy
Communion. In the weeks to come, the use of other ministers will be evaluated.
During this time, the use of servers, adult and children, is prohibited
due to social distancing. The reception of Holy Communion may only been
received in the hand. For the time being, communion on the tongue has
been suspended. While we will still have music at Masses, congregational
singing is discouraged at this time.
Since not everyone should or will be able to attend Sunday Mass, as I have mentioned in earlier columns, once we begin to offer Sunday Mass in our church, we would like to “live stream” the Mass for those unable to participate, especially those who are homebound, travelling, or just not able to get to church. To do so, however, we will need to install the necessary camera and audio connections. Obviously, we have limited financial resources at this time. Those with the means to help in making “live streams” possible from our church (not only for the present but for years to come as well) are invited to contact me and I will happily share with them the cost details of the project. Finally other than the distribution of Holy Communion, I will and must maintain social distancing when greeting people before and after Mass. The faithful are encouraged not to congregate before or after Masses. We are taking every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety and also to maintain reverence and prayerfulness during the Holy Mass according to our Catholic Tradition. We may need to make adjustments to these guidelines as we move forward. Any changes will be communicated with you and they will be posted on our website. I am asking for your help in sharing these guidelines with your family and friends, especially older and younger parishioners who may not use the internet or fully understand all of the changes and precautions and may think that we are immediately returning to normal. Please email me directly, (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns. Please be patient with me as I take all things into consideration while trying my best to provide for your spiritual needs and safety. Again, WELCOME BACK! I am filled with great joy to be reopening our parish Church and to seeing you all again. God Bless you and God Love you. And so do I.
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Other Catholic Activities at Local Parishes
None at this time....
Saint Christine’s now has a Facebook page. We will use the Face Book page to post parish news, events, CCD cancellations, photos and more but we need your help. Visit www.facebook.com/stchristinesmarshfield and “LIKE” our page to help spread the word. We’re new to Facebook so please bear with us as we get up to speed with social media. You can also link to our Facebook page whereever you see the Facebook logo on our site.
IMPORTANT PARISH NOTICES
REMINDER: The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times of emergency.
PAPER RECYCLE BIN - WE ARE NO LONGER RECYCLING
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR SERVERS
All children in Grades 1 through 3 must have a parent or another adult accompany them to and from class each week. Parents must sign children out before they are released from their class.
CCD CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
CCD & PARKING LOT REMINDER!!