- All those attending Mass are required to wear face coverings.
- We, at Good Shepherd, have not been at “social distancing capacity” since resuming public Masses. Therefore, we will continue to maintain the initial request of SIX FEET social distancing and not reduce to the THREE FEET recommended by the diocese. Couples and families may be seated together as they normally would, with six feet distance separating them from others seated in the Church. The entrance to the Church will remain at the main wooden doors (near the bell tower) and the porte-cochere entrance (covered entrance) will remain closed. Greeters will be available, beginning 30 minutes before Mass, to allow parishioners to access the Church. All other entrances to the Church will not be accessible.
- Once the Church has reached “social distancing capacity,” additional people arriving cannot be admitted and will be invited to return to their vehicles to watch the livestream or spread out on the church grounds and listen via the outdoor speakers.
- The Bishop has requested that we no longer distribute Holy Communion via carline. Those who have remained in their cars or gathered outside (while maintaining social distancing) will be invited to come into the Church during the Distribution of Holy Communion at Mass. Those coming in from the outside will still be required to wear a mask or face covering and have their hands sanitized before receiving Holy Communion.
- All those attending Mass will be led to the first available pew by the assisting ushers. Also, at the conclusion of Mass, the ushers will dismiss pew-by-pew.
- We are asking you to not hold hands during the reciting of the Our Father.
- We are suspending the Sign of Peace.
- The Bishop is asking that the venerable custom of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue not be done during this phase and period of pandemic. Holy Communion will continue to only be distributed in the palm of your hand. As you come forward to receive Holy Communion, all communicants will be required to sanitize their hands. The available ushers will assist with this process.
- We are suspending the distribution of the Precious Blood.
- There are to be no gatherings in the Narthex or outside before/after Mass.
- Childcare will not be available during Masses until further notice.
- Those participating in Visitation Ministry will need to form a line outside of the Eucharistic Reservation Chapel at the conclusion of Mass. Please follow the social distancing markers on the floor. The sacristan will be available to assist you.
- Collection stations will be available before and after Mass. 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.
- Until further notice, the 5:00pm Vigil Mass will be reserved exclusively for those members of our parish who are 60 and older.
- The Church will continue to be wiped down with disinfectant in between all Masses.
Temporary Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday – 5:00pm Vigil Mass (exclusively for attendees 60 and older)
Sunday – 9:00am, 12:00pm, and 4:00pm Masses
Temporary Daily Mass Schedule*
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 8:30am Mass
Wednesday – 7:00pm Mass
Daily Masses will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Schedule*
Monday – 9:00am
Wednesday – 6:00pm
Thursday – 7:00pm
Saturday – 3:30pm.
*Those coming to the Church for Reconciliation are asked to use the porte-cochere entrance (covered entrance). A greeter will be posted at the entrance to assist.