Public Masses Resume May 19

   Public masses will resume on May 19, with the first weekend masses being May 23 and 24. We embrace this announcement with great joy and also great care to protect the congregation.

 

Many accommodations are planned to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, which is still circulating in our community. The best way to reduce the risk is to stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to the virus. Please stay home if you are sick. The Archdiocese of Detroit has encouraged those over the age of 65 and those who have compromised health to continue to use televised and online resources to participate in Mass. The full statement from Archbishop Vigneron can be found here. Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass in person until September 6, 2020. They are encouraged to use the many resources available to participate in Mass from home if they choose not to attend in person. Click here for resources. 

You will notice significant changes to the Mass as we adjust to this new reality. Your adherence to the directives is appreciated and required.

You will be asked to wear a face covering throughout the entire time you are on the parish grounds, except for immediately before and after receiving communion.

Worshipers will be directed to their seats by ushers. There will be markings to keep individuals or households properly distanced while waiting outside. You may enter at either the school doors or the main doors facing Ballentine Street. 

 

Households may sit together, but all attendees will be spaced 6 feet from other people. Seating areas are clearly marked in the sanctuary. The church may not exceed 25% capacity. Since we are not sure how many people plan to attend mass, we will adapt as needed to accommodate worshipers and meet requirements. It will be a "first come, first serve" situation at first. Options for outdoor mass, "parking lot" mass, and using other rooms on the campus will be considered as we get an idea of attendance. 

There will be music and singing, but there will be no choir, just one musician and one soloist.  Hymnals and missalettes will be removed from the pews to reduce "touchable" surfaces. Due to removal of all hymnals & missalettes in the pews, musicians will play well-known hymns. 

Receiving communion will require special attention. Father Zbig will offer communion under one species, the bread. He will be the only one distributing communion.  Specific instruction will be given at Mass to maintain social distancing. There is to be no contact, even during Communion, which will only be received in the hand for the time being. Communion must be received with ungloved hands.

There will be no offering collection in the usual manner; there will be boxes placed on either side of the door for the collection. Please utilize the online giving option, if you are able. 

At the end of Mass, you will be dismissed by pew, by the ushers.

The amount of people involved in the preparation of mass will be limited. There will be no altar servers until further notice. Only Father Zbig and one Deacon will be in the Sacristy. 

The Mass schedule will remain the same as usual: Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. unless attendance requires additional masses. The first few weeks of attendance will give us a better idea of how many people will be attending Mass. Adjustments will be made accordingly. Confessions will be on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. in the new addition  to practice social distancing.

 The Sanctuary and all "high touch" surfaces will be sanitized after all masses. 

Please contact the parish office with any questions. Call 810-982-7906

St. Mary Catholic Community

1505 Ballentine Street

Port Huron, MI 48060

810.982.7906

stmaryporthuron@gmail.com

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