Important Announcement

Below is an important update regarding Liturgical Adaptations for all liturgical gatherings at Good Shepherd Catholic Community. Please be sure to read the entire communication.

Good Shepherd opened its doors and resumed Masses more than eight weeks ago. Through improvisation, trial, and error we have been doing our best accommodate the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining a true warm, welcoming, and prayerful experience for all. It is important to know that we will continue to have restrictions, as directed by the Diocese of Fort Worth; however, we are prepared to update and implement some of our processes.

Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday – 5:00pm Vigil Mass 

Sunday – 9:00am, 11:00am, and 4:00pm Masses

Daily Mass Schedule 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 8:30am Mass

Wednesday – 7:00pm Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation Schedule*

Monday – 9:00am

Wednesday – 6:00pm

Thursday – 7:00pm

Saturday – 3:30 - 4:30pm

Eucharistic Adoration
9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Masks or Face Coverings
As directed by the Diocese of Fort Worth, masks or face coverings (over the mouth and nose) are required to attend Mass or any other liturgical gathering (ex. Eucharistic Adoration, Funeral, Wedding, Holy Hour of Power, etc.). Good Shepherd only has a limited supply to provide for visitors or others who did not receive this notice. Please bring your own mask or face covering.  Children under the age of 10 are not required to wear a mask in keeping with the recent Tarrant County Executive Order.  

Entrance for Liturgical Events
The main wooden doors, near the bell tower, is the entrance that is to be used for all liturgical gatherings hosted at Good Shepherd. The porte-cochere entrance (covered entranced) is only accessible for those with special needs. All will enter the Church through the monumental doors.

Seating in the Church
The pews and chairs are marked off every other row to assist in maintaining social distancing. The assembly will be welcomed to seat themselves beginning 30 minutes before each scheduled liturgical gathering. Please fill in from the center of each section so others will not have to climb over you to enter the row. Individuals and family units are asked to separate themselves with the appropriate amount of space for social distancing.

Opening Procession
For weekend and daily Masses, the procession should only include the Cross Bearer, Altar Servers, and Clergy. Lectors should be seated near the Ambo at the beginning of Mass.

Proclamation of the Word
Lectors are not required to wear a masks or face coverings when proclaiming the Word at the Ambo. However, hand sanitizer should be applied before stepping up to the Ambo as you will have to touch the Lectionary. Also, please do not adjust the microphone.

Gift Bearers of Bread and Wine
At this time, the gifts of bread and wine will not be processed in during the Preparation of the Gifts. The bread and wine will continue to be placed on the credence table before the start of Mass.

Offertory/Collection
The collection baskets will not be passed during Mass. Collection stations will be made available before and after Mass in the Narthex. You will have the opportunity to drop-off your weekend offering and any non-perishable items that you’d like to donate to our local outreach partners.

Distribution of Holy Communion
Out of love and charity for those distributing Holy Communion, those coming forward to receive Holy Communion will first receive hand sanitizer from the assisting usher. Also, Holy Communion will only be distributed on the palm of your hand.

Exiting the Church at the Conclusion of Mass
The assembly is asked to remain in their row until the clergy have left the Church. The ushers will open all doors to assist is exiting the Church. Please do not gather in the Narthex; all in attendance are asked to immediately exit to the outside of the building to minimalize clogging the Church and Narthex areas.

Disinfecting the Church
After any gathering held in the Church, a small group of disciples will remain behind to appropriately disinfect the area. Each pew and chair are sprayed with disinfectant and wiped clean. The same process is used in the Narthex and Parish Hall as needed.

Overflow Seating
The Parish Hall has been set-up for overflow seating. At this time, it can only accommodate up to 60 people appropriately. This space will only be opened if needed. Seating is also welcomed in the chairs located in the Narthex.

Visitation Ministry
Those participating in Visitation Ministry will need to form a line outside of the Eucharistic Reservation Chapel at the conclusion of Mass (weekend or daily). Please follow the social distancing markers on the tiles. The sacristan will be available to assist you.

Live-streaming
All weekend and daily Masses will continue to be livestreamed until all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Reconciliation
Appropriate social distancing markers have been placed on the tiles. When you enter the confessional, be sure to close the door behind you. While in the confessional you are asked to remain behind the screen and to remain standing. The church is not disinfected after Reconciliation, so we ask you to please exit immediately following your session. Masks or face coverings are required.

Liturgical Ministry Updates
Each liturgical ministry will have its newest updates sent out to the appropriate rosters later this week. These updates will also be posted on the large white board in the Narthex. Please note that Planning Center Services has now resumed auto-scheduling. Be sure to accept or decline all assignment notifications. Also, please make sure that your blockout dates are
current.

“The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass. There are still legitimate threats to our health from the highly contagious COVID-19 virus; these threats are especially critical for the elderly and for people with a compromised immune system because of other pre-existing conditions.” – Bishop Michael F. Olson. Please use the following link to access other coronavirus precautions and resources provided by the Diocese of
Fort Worth: https://fwdioc.org/coronavirus-precautions.

RESOURCES FOR PRAYER AND ENGAGEMENT
GSCC RESOURCES
  • HEROIC HERALDS -  Heroic Heralds is a ministry born out of our deep love of God and our love and gratitude of His gifts, especially those of family and faith. 
  • SIMPLE FAMILY CHALLENGE - Every week we will be posting a Simple Family Challenge to encourage you and your family in growing closer to our Lord during this time.
  • RENOVATE LIVE! - Join our High School Youth Minister Wednesday Nights.    
OTHER RESOURCES

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