Note: In order to keep things as sanitary as possible, no one except clergy is permitted in the sacristy at this time. Clergy only will prepare for Mass, turn on lights, light and extinguish candles, and clean vessels afterward. Thank you for your understanding.
We are so blessed to be back in church for weekday Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. These Masses are streamed “live” on our YouTube channel and may also be heard from our parking lot on 101.5 FM. Holy Communion is distributed immediately following Mass, 8 to 8:30 a.m., outside, near the priests’ garage.
We are most grateful to our ushers and liturgical ministers for their assistance in implementing our new procedures. We are also grateful to our morning Mass-goers who have exhibited grace, patience and flexibility during this time of transition. You are wonderful and we appreciate you!
Guidance from the Diocese of Cleveland and the Health Department is being followed to ensure the health and safety of all. The coronavirus is still in our community, and anyone who attends a public gathering, including Mass, must recognize that there will be a risk that they could contract COVID-19 despite the precautions that have been taken to reduce that risk. As such, individuals in high-risk categories and those feeling sick or with a temperature of 100.4° or more, or experiencing symptoms of illness, should stay at home.
- Please bring a mask and hand sanitizer. If you forget, extra masks are available in church. Please wear your mask upon exiting your vehicle.
- The Spring Grove entrance and the elevator will be used to enter church. After exiting the elevator at church level, follow the floor arrows and proceed toward the left and enter the worship space from the Spring Grove side. Likewise, anyone using the restroom will use the Spring Grove side and will not enter the sacristy area.
- The Spring Grove entrance will be unlocked by 7:10 a.m. Please sit in the open pews beginning in the front of the church and moving toward the back, maintaining a 6-foot distance in every direction between households. Blue tape marks the seating areas in the pews.
- If capacity is reached (60 households), those who are unable to enter church may listen to Mass in their cars on an FM radio and receive Holy Communion immediately following Mass outside, near the priests’ garages.
Receiving Holy Communion
- Please sanitize your hands at your seat before joining the single communion line in the center aisle. Please maintain 6-foot distance from other households as you wait in line, guided by the blue tape on the floor. There will be Communion ministers in both the front of church and in the cross aisle.
- When you near the priest or Extraordinary Minister, keep your mask on; place one hand upon the other and hold your hands still and in front of you, as you receive Jesus, who will be gently placed in your hand, without skin-to-skin contact. Then move to the blue tape, 6 feet past the priest or Extraordinary Minister, remove your mask, and consume the Eucharist; replace your mask and proceed back to your seat, maintaining 6-foot distancing.
- Those listening to Mass in the parking lot may receive the Eucharist immediately following Mass. The priest will come to the sidewalk near the priests’ garages.
- Dismissal will begin with the front pews, maintaining 6-foot distancing. Please follow the direction of ushers and use both exits near the front of church.
- When exiting, please do not congregate in the vestibule, nor on the sidewalk so that others may pass freely. Be aware that the priest may be distributing Holy Communion outside.
- Please remain in your pew if you wish to stay to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary. After those not staying have exited church, the Chaplet & Rosary will begin. Please remain in the same place you occupied for Mass. Do not move to a new spot, as it has not yet been sanitized.
- After praying the Chaplet & Rosary, please exit through the Spring Grove or parking lot exits right after the closing prayers, following the Rosary.
- The church will be sanitized after it is vacated following the Rosary.
Thank you for your cooperation. These protocols are temporary and are being periodically reviewed and adjusted as appropriate.