Msgr. Joe Letter-Resuming Masses
May 17, 2020
Bishop Peter Christensen indicated that each parish will resume the public celebration of Mass, which will synchronize with Governor Brad Little's four-stage process to open the state for normal activity. We are currently in Stage 2 of the Governor's plan which lasts until May 29th.
PLEASE NOTE: Bishop Peter has dispensed Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass through June, if they are 60 and older; if they are immune compromised; if their health is vulnerable; if they judge it is best, for health and safety, to remain at home. We are all reminded to use common sense.
Each parish will join the commitment of the State of Idaho to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control during the Covid 19 pandemic, seeking to apply them within the parish and the celebration of Mass.
1) The congregation will not shake hands or hug during the Sign of Peace, nor hold hands during the Lord's Prayer.
2) Communion will be distributed only under the form of bread - the Body of Christ.
3) Communion will be received on the hand.
4) Each member of the congregation, acting responsibly, will bring and wear a facial mask to protect others, and bring and use hand sanitizer to protect themselves and others during Mass.
5) When entering and leaving the church, through the entrance to the front parking lot, as well as processing to receive Communion, the social distance of 6 feet must be maintained between individuals. (People who live in the same household count as 'an individual'.)
6) Seating will be marked to ensure social distancing of six feet is maintained at all times between individuals who are on either side of us, before us and behind us.
PLEASE NOTE: BECAUSE SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE MAINTAINED. THIS WILL NOTICEABLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF AVAILABLE SEATING AND MAY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ABLE TO ATTEND ANY PARTICULAR MASS.
7) Collection baskets will not be passed from person to person. Instead they will be arranged by the baptismal font.
8) At the end of Mass, people will leave according to a designated section of pews, maintaining a distance of six feet between individuals.
9) Members of the congregation are asked to not congregate after Mass in the church or narthex, to safeguard social distancing and the health of all.
10) Coffee hour will not be held during Phase I.
Once again, in the name of your fellow parishioners, I extend thanks to all who have been able to support their parish to help address its operation and mortgage; and to help others who are in need.
Until we can all gather for the celebration of Mass, "Grace and peace be with you".
Msgr. Joseph da Silva