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Return to Mass

Mass Schedule:

Monday-Friday: 8:45am in Church

Saturday: 5pm (Vigil Mass) in Church

Sunday: 8am, 10am, & 12pm in Church

 

Expectations of Worshippers

  • Those who are sick or symptomatic should stay home! 
  • All parishioners should be encouraged to take their temperatures prior to coming to Mass. Any parishioner with a temperature of 100.4° F or more should stay home. 
  • Attendance should be limited to a maximum of 50% occupancy. 
  • Worshippers should wash hands at home and use hand sanitizer upon entering the church.
  • The faithful are to wear a mask (or other face covering).
  • Physical distancing of a minimum of six feet in all directions will be the norm.

 

General Information

  • Dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect for the Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Cleveland until further notice.
  • All parishioners and visitors are encouraged to take their temperatures prior to coming to Mass. Anyone not feeling well should to stay home.
  • The faithful are to wear a mask or other face covering, but please note that there are legitimate exceptions to the directive.

 

Entering the Church

  • Please use the doors at the center of the Church or the ADA accessible door to enter and exit.
  • Hospitality Ministers can assist you in finding a seat. Note: Hospitality Ministers are trained to ensure social distancing, please ask if you need assistance finding a seat.
  • The bulletin will be used as the worship aid until further notice. Hospitality Ministers will distribute bulletins. Please take home your bulletin.  They should not be left in pews following Mass for health concerns.
  • Offertory baskets are located at the Church entrances/exits. Please give generously as you enter or exit for there will be no offertory collection during Mass.

 

Celebrating Mass

  • The sign of peace is omitted.
  • The offertory procession is omitted.
  • Please refrain from singing. Congregational singing is discouraged as it can contribute to the spread of the virus.
  • Only the celebrant will distribute Communion.
  • Communion will be distributed by quadrant in the church.
  • The ministries of Altar Servers and Eucharistic Ministers are temporarily suspended.
  • When approaching to receive the Eucharist, the communicant is to pull the mask below the chin and present one hand resting on the palm of the other. After responding, “Amen,” the communicant reverently places the Eucharist in their mouth and replaces their mask.

 

REMINDER: Take your bulletin home. Having empty pews reduces contamination and allows for a quicker sanitation process between Masses.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

FAQ:

  •  Am I obligated to attend Mass now that we are open?

The obligation to attend Mass continues to be lifted.  If you are at risk or uncomfortable attending Mass, please continue to pray at home, watch Mass on TV, and stay in touch with us via the Church website and bulletin.

  •  Do I have to wear a mask?  

Following the local mandate from the Summit County Health Department on July 9, facial covings are required, but please not that there are legitimate exceptions to the directive.    

  •  What should I do if I am not feeling well?

If you are not feeling well, we ask that you refrain from attending Mass in person and consider pray at home by watching Mass on TV. 

  • Why aren’t we singing?

Studies are indicating that viral spread is much farther when speaking loudly and/or singing.  In an abundance of safety, congregational singing is suspended in the diocese of Cleveland as well as many other Diocese around the world.

  • Who made all of these changes?  

The Bishops of Ohio (with Fr. Don Oleksiak, Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland) in consultation with the CDC, and the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Worship/Liturgy Directors of the province, made recommendations for best practices to keep the safety of the faithful at the forefront of every decision.