The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect. If you are over the age of 65 or don’t feel comfortable coming back to Mass for any reason, we encourage you to watch Mass from home.
- The 4:30 pm Saturday Weekend Mass is available to watch on Facebook and on our website- 7:15 am Daily Masses are available to watch on Facebook only
1. Safety and Hygiene in Our Worship Spaces:
2. Social Distancing:
3. Celebrating the Liturgy:
Our return to public liturgies will undoubtedly be a joyous return to the Eucharist, to the Word proclaimed, and to Christ present in the assembly. However, the way in which we will be gathering will look quite different and possibly feel quite somber due to the limited capacity, the physical distance of families, no congregational singing, receiving the Blessed Sacrament after Mass, and having to leave immediately after.
Though we will not be allowed to participate as “externally” as we would normally, we are still encouraged to nurture that “internal” participation that is so necessary in the Mass: To quiet our minds and join our prayers with the priest, to open our hearts to God’s Word proclaimed, and to let the Holy Spirit work in our imaginations and reveal to us the all-consuming love of God.
Musicam Sacram, a document on sacred music which came out of the Second Vatican Council states, “The faithful fulfill their liturgical role by making that full, conscious and active participation which is demanded by the nature of the liturgy itself and which is, by reason of baptism, the right and duty of the Christian people. This participation should be above all internal, in the sense that by it the faithful join their mind to what they pronounce or hear, and cooperate with heavenly grace. However, on the other hand, external also, that is, such as to show the internal participation by gestures and bodily attitudes, by the acclamations, responses and singing. The faithful should also be taught to unite themselves interiorly to what the ministers or choir sing, so that by listening to them they may raise their minds to God” (article 15).
Let us take this time during these simplified liturgies to practice our interior participation and to “cooperate with these heavenly graces” given by our loving God. In doing so, we will be ready to come that Eternal Banquet that God sets before us in the Eucharist!
As part of our ongoing commitment to each other's safety, we ask that, if you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of having attended mass or otherwise been on the STM campus, you notify our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Administrator, Carol Arend, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office. Our Plan Administrator will take steps to notify other community members who may have been exposed, while guarding confidentiality to the extent possible. If you are notified that you have been exposed, please follow the current CDC Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure.