March 16, 2020 will be a date notched in my brain for a long time – some of you who know how forgetful I am may question that statement! It was the last time we had public Masses in our church. Thankfully, we will again have public Masses at Holy Trinity. May we never be without THE GREATEST ACTION in history again!
Beginning this Friday, May 29, 2020 we will offer public Masses. We will go back to our former schedule for weekdays (9:00 and 12:00) and weekends. (The one exception will be a 6:30am Sunday Mass instead of 7:00am. This change will allow for cleaning the church between Masses.)
Please know the Bishop still extends the dispensation from Sunday obligation at Mass for all Catholics in our diocese. Also, if we are feeling sick, have a fever, sore throat and/or cough, we are strongly encouraged not to come to Mass or the church.
We may only enter through the main front doors. Ushers will need to seat people. Please be patient as you enter the church.
Non-family members should maintain six feet distance from each other upon entering, in pews and upon exiting the church. Every other pew will be kept empty.
Holy Communion will be similar yet different than a normal Sunday Mass. In short, each section will receive at a time; only one line to/from Holy Communion. When a section is finished, the next section will approach the priest for Holy Communion. Our goal is that people do not cross paths walking to/from Holy Communion. Again, please be patient and follow the guidance of our ushers. It will take time – good opportunity for recollected prayer!
Only priests will distribute Holy Communion. Recall that we will have 91% rubbing alcohol to purify our fingers during Holy Communion.
Realistically, we are looking at about 300 people or so who will be in the church at a time. I could be overestimating or underestimating. It is first come, first serve.
We will also be able to use the hall for some overflow.
For those who are unable to make it to Mass for whatever reason, we will offer Holy Communion Outside of Mass at 3pm on Sunday, May 31st. This ritual will be offered outside the doors of the Adoration Chapel. Each car drives up; communicants step out and walk to Father who will administer Holy Communion. After receiving, please spend some time in silent adoration.
Finally, we will need help cleaning the church and bathrooms after every Mass. We have set up a SignUpGenius that will be accessible via our parish blog: holytrinityupdates.com – some may be there already! We will need ten (10) families after each Mass on Saturday and Sunday. All cleaning supplies will be provided. Would you consider spending fifteen minutes after Mass to clean Our Lord’s house? Specifics will be provided.
Adoration will continue, please check the Schedule Page for information.
Thank you again to all of you who have helped, and continue to do so in the parish. It has been humbling once again.