COVID-19 Update from Fr. Greg at St. Agnes
- Masses at St. Agnes will resume Saturday, May 30th at 5:30pm and Sunday, May 31st at 8:30am. Doors will be open
½ hour before Mass time. There will be no in-person weekday Masses at this time.
- The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains dispensed until further notice. Masses will continue to be live streamed on Facebook indefinitely. You do not need a Facebook account to watch Mass. Go to Facebook.com/stfsta/
- All those as defined by the health department as more vulnerable (i.e., 60+ years of age, those with compromised immune systems, those with underlying health conditions, those who are especially anxious about being in a large group, etc.) are encouraged to stay home. There still is a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass to contract the coronavirus.
- Anyone with fever or flu-like symptoms should not enter the church.
- Masks are strongly encouraged please put on a face mask before entering the Church.
- Attendance at each individual Mass is limited to 25% of occupancy (150 people) with proper social distancing unless the local or state authorities have implemented a more stringent order. Seating will be every other pew.
- Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people not living in the same household must always be followed. Please be considerate entering and exiting the church.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at all church entrances and inside of the church.
- There will be no liturgical ministers (greeters, readers, eucharistic ministers, sacristans, ushers etc.) for a while. The seminarian and I will take care of the ministries.
- For the collection – if you would like to make a contribution, baskets are next to the front door of the church during Masses, we also have the drop box by the office door, or you can make contributions online.
- At this time no one is obliged to receive communion, and Christ is encountered in those gathered in his name, in the proclamation of the Word, and especially by joining ourselves to the offering of Christ to God the Father during the Eucharistic Prayer. By being present or watching Mass online we receive spiritual communion with Christ.
- For right now there will be no parish bulletin. We will start the bulletin when things open up more.
- Each person is asked to bring with you an index card with your name and phone number on it and it is to be placed in a basket at the entrance when you enter church.
- Frequently touched surfaces in the church (pews/pew tops, door handles, restrooms etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized per CDC recommendations after every liturgy.