By now most of you have heard that the Archdiocese will be resuming weekend Masses starting July 4th and 5th. We are required to follow the Archdiocesan procedures and to respect the current limits set by Governor Ned Lamont on social distancing and disinfecting the church after each service.
To fulfill the mandates, the following will be implemented:
- Weekend Masses will be celebrated on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Be aware of the Sunday time change. This provides time to clean the church properly.
- The downstairs bathrooms will be unavailable. This makes cleaning easier. If someone absolutely has to use a restroom, the one upstairs will be open. Signs will point the way through the sacristy.
- Only one door, the main front door, will available to enter the church. If someone has to use the side door for accessibility reasons, please send someone into church and ask that it be opened for you.
- The church has been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing at all times. In doing so, we have 44 seats available although families can sit together in one pew. This will require a reservation system on which we are presently working. Once it is finished, you will be notified. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT MASKS MUST BE WORN! Also, the congregation will NOT SING. It’s been shown that singing spreads the virus farther and wider even with the wearing of masks.
- Archbishop Blair continues to extend the dispensation from the Sunday obligation at least until the beginning of September.
- As a result of this dispensation, the taping of Sunday Masses will continue and can be viewed on this website.
- Once again the State of Connecticut and the Archdiocese strongly recommends that anyone over 65 (an exception is made in my case), or with a pre-existing condition that weakens their immune system, or with any condition that makes breathing difficult, e.g. asthma, or any type of illness, and anyone who cares for someone who is vulnerable should stay home.
I know this all seems strange and maybe too much. However, we all must be careful with this disease both for ourselves (self-preservation) and also for others (social justice and charity) until we can manage this pandemic better. I would like to be optimistic but in reality I think this will be a long haul.
Stay tuned for updates. Prayers for and health to all!