OLBS Reopening Plan Effective July 4, 2020- Stage 3

“I rejoiced when I heard them say, let us go to the House of the Lord.”                       Psalm 122:1

Guidelines for the Public Celebration of Daily and Sunday Masses beginning July 4th, 2020 (Stage 3)

Mass schedule:

Weekend Masses: Saturday: Vigil 5pm, Sunday: 8am, 10am, 12 noon

Daily Masses: Monday—Friday: 9am, Saturday 9am, Public Holidays: 9am only

25% Capacity for all Masses

Those not feeling well or with health conditions should remain home at this time. The obligation to participate at Sunday Mass remains suspended by the Bishop. We will continue to post our Mass on YouTube.

Facial coverings must be worn in church, except for children under 2 or for medical exceptions.

The priest and Deacon will not wear masks—except when distributing Communion– but maintain proper distancing.

Please sanitize your hands when entering church. It is available at each door or bring your own.

Please take a seat several feet from others. Family units can sit together. Alternate pews are taped off. We can only use 25% capacity so if full, please come to a later Mass or participate online.

No worship aids are in use. Music Ministry is limited to musician and cantor. No altar servers yet.

There will be no entrance, offertory, or recessional processions.

There will be no physical exchange of peace.

For the Communion Procession please keep a six-foot distance between you and the person in front.

If you have an offering, drop it in the basket in the center aisle at this time.

You are urged to receive Holy Communion in the hand, without touching the minister’s hand.

Ministers will sanitize their hands again before Communion, keep their masks on, reverently drop the host in the person’s hand, and if contact is made, stop and use the ablution cup and sanitizer again.

Keep your mask on when you reply Amen, then walk six feet, remove it, receive, and put it back on.

The Precious Blood will not be distributed at this time.

Anyone insisting on receiving on the tongue should go to the end of the priest-celebrant’s line.

Please exit the church when ready keeping social distance and without congregating in groups outside.

Let’s make these sacrifices together joyfully, knowing we are protecting the health of our brothers and sisters.

Fr. Robert Whelan

Video message from Bishop DiMarzio regarding Returning to Mass

Stage 4: Celebration of First Sacraments. (No date has been set yet.)