Welcome Back to Mass Guidelines
Dear Parishioners and Guests,
Borrowing the words of the Angels from Luke’s Gospel, who on Christmas Eve visited the shepherds out in the fields; “I bring you good news of great joy.” At long last, our new Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer has given permission to all the Churches to resume public Mass. So, after all these many weeks of virtual Masses, we may now finally gather together again in sacramental union and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Words cannot express how excited I am about this wonderful blessing.
As we reopen the Church, we are very mindful of your concerns and are totally committed to your safety and security. Therefore, we shall open the Church carefully; continuing to respect social distancing rules and guidelines in order to minimize physical contact and exposure while ensuring all may enjoy the blessings of once again attending Mass.
Towards that end, the following guidelines must be strictly followed:
Masses at St George will resume at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. All Masses will be held in the main Sanctuary. The weekday Mass schedule will be: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 a.m. Weekend Masses will be Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and Sunday at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish). The Mass schedule is designed to make Mass as accessible as possible for all who wish to attend. However This means that you are not required to go to Mass on Sunday or any other day of the week. It is not a sin if you do not attend.
New protocol for attending Mass at St George is as follows: Everyone 10 years old and over MUST wear a mask. No extra masks will be available, so if you do not have a mask, you will not be admitted.
Observe social distancing. No more than 5 persons per pew. Maximum Mass attendance with overflow seating in the Parish Hall is 200 persons. Families with more than 5 persons may sit together in the same pew. The Cry Room in the main Sanctuary is not to be used.
Check your temperature before you leave the house. If it is 100 degrees or more, please STAY HOME.
You will enter the church through the Parish Hall entrance and leave through one of the two main Sanctuary side entrances which lead out directly to the parking lot.
No physical contact is permitted between non-family members throughout the Mass. There will be no holding of hands during the “Our Father,” and the sign of peace will be omitted from the Mass. Holy Communion will be received IN THE HAND ONLY; reception of the precious blood is suspended until further notice. Ushers will direct traffic flow for Communion in order to maintain physical distancing.
We shall have offertory baskets at the back of the church when you enter. You can drop your collection at that time or at the door on your way out with the ushers.
The church will be sprayed and sanitized after each Mass. However, hand sanitizers and other cleaning materials will not be provided, so please bring your own if you can. (Sundays for 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses only: Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to Mass so that we have enough time to sanitize the church between Masses).
Finally, please follow the instructions of the ushers. They have been trained and instructed on what needs to be done in order to ensure that everyone is safe.
Thank you and look forward to receiving you back to church!