- Public Celebration of Sunday Mass Beginning from May 30th & 31st (5/23/2020)
Following the Wisconsin State Supreme Court’s verdict against the extension of the “Safer at Home” order of Governor Evers, Bishop William Callahan has opened the door for public celebration of the Sunday Mass. However, he has given us some guidelines to be observed as safety measures. As per these guidelines, only 25% of the occupancy in the Church is allowed, along with social distance of 6 feet between persons.
On Monday, May 18th, I called for an urgent meeting of the Pastoral Council with Ben Gebeau, the Chairperson of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and held a consultation with them in order to implement these guidelines. After consultation, I would like to bring to your kind attention the following regulations to be observed, when you come for Sunday Mass:
- Families with children as one unit will be seated on St. Joseph’s side of the church. The first arrived family is to occupy the first pew from one end. Leaving the next pew free, the second family is to occupy from the other end of the pew. This model is to be repeated occupying every other pew (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.).
- Couples as one unit and Individuals/single parents will occupy on Blessed Virgin Mary’s side of the church. The seating will be as follows: 1st pew to be occupied at both ends of the pew; the 2nd pew to be occupied in middle; the 3rd pew to be occupied at both ends; 4th pew to be occupied in the middle. This model needs to be followed to maintain 6 feet social distance.
Review the seating chart below to visualize.
- In order to regulate the number within 25% of occupancy, those who come for the Sunday Mass are kindly asked to enter only through the Faustina room. The Ushers, with mask and hand gloves, will open the door to reduce the need to touch handles. The ushers will greet and count parishioners to ensure the limit of seating. Over and above the permitted number, the others will be sent to Kolbe hall and participate in the Mass live-streamed from the church.
- In order to maintain fire exit compliance parishioners will leave the Church through any posted exit after the Mass.
- Distribution of the Holy Eucharist
- Only the presiding priest and the deacon are allowed to distribute the Holy Communion after sanitizing the hands.
- The faithful are asked to come in one line keeping the distance of 6 feet. I will distribute at the foot of the altar and Deacon Ray Heitzinger will first distribute to those in Kolbe Hall and then at the back.
- Ushers will help regulating the line
- There will be no offertory procession
- Parishioners and Visitors are kindly asked to drop their envelopes and monetary offering in the basket kept at the entry point to the Church. One of the Ushers will collect the offering and bring the basket to foot of the altar. This arrangement is to avoid many hands touching the basket.
- Bulletins and Missalettes
- We are asked not to keep the Missalettes in the pew-holders, in order to avoid many hands touching the same book. Hence, I suggest that each family can take one Missalette home and use the same, when you come for Sunday Mass.
- We are also planning to print the songs in the weekly bulletin so that as you enter the Church, you could grab one and use it to sing with the cantors.
- We will try to project the Hymns on the screen in front during the Mass.
- I will hear confessions from Tuesday to Friday at 7:15 a.m. and on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in front of St. Joseph’s altar.
- During Confessions, the Parishioners are kindly asked to stand away, so as to avoid overhearing the confession.
Looking forward to seeing you soon in the Church
Fr. Arul Joseph V.
Any questions about returning to mass please call the parish office. Otherwise please review the following Questions and Answers to the Guidelines provided by the diocese.QA-for-Guidelines-to-Return-to-Mass
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- St Peter’s Live-Streaming of Holy Week (4/2/2020)
- Parish Coronavirus Changes (3/27/2020)
- Emergency Order from the State Government (3/20/2020)
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