Welcoming More Faithful at Public Masses, the Need for Mass Volunteers, and Changes to Adoration
Fr. Peck received word yesterday from Bishop Malloy that parishes within the diocese will be able to increase the number of faithful at our public Masses, beginning with weekend Masses on June 6 and 7. Click here for Bishop Malloy’s letter.
As such, beginning with the 4pm Saturday Vigil Mass on June 6, we will admit up to 150 worshipers to our weekend Masses in the large Church and 20 worshipers per Mass to our weekday and Saturday morning Masses in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Worshipers will be required to register online to attend Mass in person. See registration at the bottom of this page.
Please note that we have adjusted the registration process online just a bit. In step 1, you will need to choose either Daily Mass, Weekend Mass, or Adoration. Once you make this choice, you will need to choose the number of Mass or Adoration attendees including yourself. You can then choose a Mass or Adoration day and time. In step 2, if you have more than one attendee, you will need to add each attendee’s name and contact information in the appropriate field. We ask that each household register independently, so that our Mass Volunteers know who does not need to social distance during seating. When you complete the registration process, you will as always receive a confirmation email.
The Diocese has directed that all the faithful attending in-person Mass still do need to adhere to the social distancing and public safety guidelines instituted as part of the directives of “Back in His Presence,” dated May 15, 2020. Please click here for these guidelines.
Bishop Malloy has maintained the dispensation from Sunday Masses. We do encourage those in a high-risk category for complications due to COVID-19 infections to please consider joining us at Mass virtually. We will continue our current livestream Mass schedule.
Our Mass Procedures
- Mass attendees need to enter through the main Church doors by the Mary garden. That is the only door for entry and exit.
- The door will not be opened until 15 to 20 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
- There can be no congregating or socializing of any kind. please wait in your vehicles until the appropriate time.
- We have marked the entry in six-foot increments to provide the appropriate social distance.
- Upon entering the building, your name will be checked off the registration list. If you are not registered, you will be asked to leave.
- All must wear a mask.
- Your temperature will be taken with a non-contact thermometer. If your temp is less than 100, it is fine for COVID. A person with a temperature of 100 or higher must leave and is encouraged to contact their healthcare provider.
- All must sanitize their hands upon entry and exit.
- You will be escorted to a pew that has been marked for distancing (family members may sit together). Each person in your family must be registered and is included in the limit of 20 for weekday Mass or 150 for weekend Mass.
- When it is time for Communion, wait until your row is released to enter the Communion line (the floor is marked for appropriate distance). Remove your mask and gloves if you are wearing them. The Eucharist can only be given in the hand and not gloved hands.
- Once you have received Our Lord, immediately replace your mask.
- When Mass is over and the celebrant etc. has exited the worship space, please remain in your pew until you are dismissed.
- Upon dismissal leave the building immediately and go directly to your vehicle.
Fourteen days after celebrating Mass at St. John Neumann, you will receive an email thanking you for celebrating and asking that, if you have since experienced symptoms of or been diagnosed with COVID-19, you inform us so we can begin contact tracing.
Mass Volunteers Needed
To accommodate the larger groups of Mass attendees, we need Mass volunteers. If we do not have the volunteers we will be unable to comply with diocesan safety directives and to help ensure the physical health of all present. This would mean we would have to back to fewer attendees.
Volunteers will welcome and seat congregants and clean our church. Please visit here for the requirements, tasks, and directions to be a Mass Volunteer. We do ask that volunteers not be part of the high-risk populations identified by our public health professionals.
Update on Adoration
Finally, due to lack of response, we are no longer holding weekly Tuesday Adoration. We will continue our Adoration on the third Tuesday of every month, beginning on Tuesday, June 16. Our prayer time will begin in-person at 9:30am and conclude with Benediction at 4:30pm. We will no longer stream Adoration. Again, we will be there to adore Christ and allow Christ to adore us, so we need adorers. Please register below in commit to pray in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Current social distancing and health guidelines will need to be followed by all adorers.
- Entry is through the parish office door (door #1). Upon entering the building, your name will be checked off the registration list. If you are not registered, you will be asked to leave.
- Your temperature will be taken with a non-contact thermometer if your temp is 100 or under it is fine for COVID. A person with a temperature of 100.01 or higher must leave and is encouraged to contact their healthcare provider.
- All must wear a mask.