Everything is sanitized in the Church after every Mass, even though the CDC says it is rare to contract Covid-19 by touching surfaces.
Effective Date of Implementation: Friday, May 29, 2020
We will resume our normal Mass times of Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:00 noon (Spanish)
Normal daily Mass time of 9:00 AM will be resumed on Monday, June 1.
A limited number of people are allowed to be present for the Mass.
-The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be suspended.
-If you are sick, please stay home or If you are at a higher risk you are strongly encouraged to stay home and participate in the Mass through our live stream mass on YouTube at 10:00 AM on Sundays.
-We recommend that those who are over the age of 65 or have other health concerns attend the 8:00 AM Mass and families with children 5:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am Sunday or the 12:00 PM Spanish Mass.
-Please bring a mask to wear when you are in the church. Although not mandatory, it is highly suggested. If you forget one or don’t have one, there will be masks available in the church. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask, and those who have health difficulties should consider staying home.
-We recommend that you bring your own hand sanitizer. There is hand sanitizer inside the vestibule doors and you are encouraged to use it when you enter the church.
-Enter only through the main doors of the church. We will fill the church from front to back. Please listen to the ushers for instructions. We will leave from back to front. Maintain physical distancing in the pews. Maintain safe physical distancing - you may sit with your immediate family but there should be a minimum of 6 feet between individuals or family and other individuals or family. Please move as a family unit when entering the church and exiting.
-Do not congregate in the vestibule or areas of the church or grounds.
-When the church is filled to the safe capacity, you will either have to return for a later Mass or watch the livestreamed mass. The body of Christ will be distributed outside the back of the church after the 10:00 Mass for those who have been watching the livestream Mass or any other Mass online and would like to receive communion.
· Please receive communion on your hand only. Follow the instructions of the ushers. There will be one communion line only. Once you have received the bread, proceed a minimum of 6 feet from the minister, lower your mask and communicate yourself.
· There will be baskets in the vestibule for the offertory collection. If there will be a second collection there will be two baskets with each basket clearly marked. Please place your offertory in the basket at the end of Mass. Checks are preferable to cash and donating on our online giving site is encouraged link on our website www.stritashowlow.com
Guidelines Preparing to Return to Public Masses
Effective Date: Friday, may 29, 2020
Diocese of Gallup
A Return to Parish Life
The faithful remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
Our Common Space: The parish is committed to maintain as safe an environment as feasible. The staff
and volunteers on parish campuses will frequently clean and sanitize the facilities. These are
precautionary measures but the risk of contracting the virus in public remains. It is important for
individuals and families to take personal responsibility to protect themselves.
Our Actions: Physical distancing and spacing must be practiced by all individuals on parish properties. All
are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for handwashing and hand sanitizer use, as well as
recommendations regarding the use of masks or cloth face coverings while in public.
Our Charity: Remember to be patient and kind. Pastors and parishes will do their best to offer Holy Mass,
Communion and Confession, but may face some challenges. Health and age of priests, deacons, and
volunteers may necessitate limitations in what can be offered. This means that every parish may do things
a little differently. Changes may be necessary if the activity of the disease changes in the local area.
Should I come to Mass?
Stay home if:
+You are feeling sick or have a fever.
+ You have a sick family member at home or have been recently exposed to someone who may be sick.
+ You are a primary caretaker of a vulnerable person.
+ You have been traveling or in large crowds.
+ You are at risk because of preexisting conditions or age.
The faithful are requested not to “parish hop” for convenience. That complicates parish management and is contrary to limiting spread of disease.
What is going to be different for now?
+ The number of people in each church is going to be limited based on physical distancing and seating capacity.
+ Seating may be assigned or designated to help keep people safely spaced.
+ Some parishes may offer additional times for celebration of the Mass to meet the needs of the faithful.
+ The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
+ Singing by the assembly will be very limited.
+ Greeting the priest after Mass will be reduced.
+ Livestreaming of the Mass will continue from the Cathedral and many parishes.
+ Please continue to stay connected to your parish community through social media and the parish website.
+ Masks or face covers are strongly advised (noting that some may have conditions that prohibit this practice)
Thank you for your patience during this time and for supporting your parish!
+ Physical distancing must be exercised, a spacing of at least 6 feet between family units or persons.
+ Please observe instructions, signs and floor markings.
+ There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
+ Some parishes may offer opportunities for Holy Communion for those unable to attend the public celebration of the Mass.
+ The Sacrament will continue to be offered but the setting may be altered to accommodate physical distancing and good ventilation but maintain privacy.
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