The Reopening of Saint Columba Church

EFFECTIVE the weekend of May 30 – 31, 2020:

OBLIGATION TO ATTEND – Remember that Sunday Mass is not obligatory until further notice.

ELDERLY OR HEALTH ISSUES – Because you might be more susceptible to COVID-19, it is suggested that you continue to watch Mass at home on television or YouTube, instead of attending Mass in person at St. Columba Church.

MASS TIMES – The regular times of Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS are to be worn while on the property.

ENTRANCES – All entrances will be open with doors propped open for ventilation.

HAND SANITIZERS are located at each entrance. Hands must be sanitized upon entering church.

SEATING – Since we will have social distancing, you will not be able to have your favorite pew at this time. Only certain pews will be available in order that six feet may separate one from another. Of course, families may sit together. Every third pew to the left and the right of the center section will be open so that there will be the required distancing. Every other pew will be open in the center section of pews with social distancing.

HYMNALS/MISSALETTES/WORSHIP AIDES/HOLY WATER FONTS have been removed from the church for your protection.

HOLY COMMUNION will be distributed at the regular time during Mass. On Sunday at 11:30am, Monsignor will distribute Holy Communion to those who were unable to attend Mass. Please come into the church through the door closest to the Rectory.

MINISTERS – During this time, there will be no altar servers or choir. But extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion will assist Monsignor with the distribution of Holy Communion during Sunday Masses.

LITURGY – There will be no singing for the congregation, but a cantor will be used.

SOCIAL GATHERING – We are accustomed to socializing after Mass. During this time, however, we should avoid socializing in the church and cafeteria. Be aware, even outside, to use social distancing

YOUTUBE MASSES on Sunday from St. Columba Church will continue for those who are staying home. However, we will not record/post weekday Masses.

OFFERING FOR THE CHURCH – There will no passing of the baskets at the normal time. Please place your offering in the baskets as you leave church after Mass.

WEEKDAY MASSES will begin on June 1 and will be celebrated at the regular times; i.e., Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Please be seated in the two center sections, using social distancing.

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE are now available during regular times in the church.

VISITS – The church will be available for people to visit and pray during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS will be needed to help sanitize the church. If you can assist, please call the office. The church will be sanitized after each Mass.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS will be Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

BE PATIENT, BE FLEXIBLE as we reopen our parish church. There may be changes that have to be made as we continue in this process.

PRAY to God the Father, through Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit that we may be protected as we take this next step.

FROM OUR DIOCESE: The Diocese strongly recommends that those who are sick, have a compromised immune system or are considered more vulnerable continue to remain home at this time.

-The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still in place. All Mass livestreams are strongly encouraged to continue.
-Public Masses may resume at the Pastor’s discretion, so long as social distancing and proper sanitation is observed. Sanitation must take place after every Mass.
-All parishioners attending Mass must wear a face mask. Masks may only be removed when receiving Holy Communion. This week, the Diocese has asked us to remind everyone that “except in the case of children under 2 years of age and persons with health issues, masks are to be worn as face covering the entire time parishioners attend Mass or any other liturgical event in a parish, including sacramental Confession. They are not permitted to be lowered at any time while in the church except to receive Holy Communion. It is not acceptable for parishioners to lower their face masks while sitting in the pew. Social distancing is to be strictly enforced. The measure of 6 feet between individuals and family groups is to be maintained while seated and moving. Groups are not to gather outside of our churches for social time. Face masks should be worn until a person has left the church property and distanced himself or herself from the other congregants. It should be underscored that this is an act of charity, above all, not an infringement upon a personal right.”
-Holy Communion will be distributed at the regular time during Mass. We recommend that Holy Communion be received on the hand.
-Confessions may resume at the Pastor’s discretion, pending social distancing and proper sanitation are followed.
-Proper sanitation will occur after every gathering and at the close of every day.
-Holy Water fonts will remain empty. Bottled holy water may be available for parishioners to take home.
-All hymnals, missals, missalettes and Bibles will be removed.
-The Sign of Peace will continue to be omitted.