Please note that non-liturgical gatherings are not being held on campus until at least October 1, 2020.
As you are aware, COVID-19 has become much more widespread in the recent days and weeks. In an effort to continue to maintain a safe campus at Good Shepherd Catholic Community, we are asking all those who come to the church to please review the information below.
PROTECT YOURSELF and THOSE AROUND YOU
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact. Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or face covering. According to the CDC, face shields are not recommended, as it is to be a “splash guard” and does not directly cover the mouth and nose.
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently
- Monitor your health.
SYMPTOM CHECK – Stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms!
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
QUARANTINE – Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19
- Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should quarantine. What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
- STAY HOME and monitor your health
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
All of the above information can be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Good Shepherd Catholic Community is unable to manage who should or should not be on campus during this pandemic. We are asking all parish staff, liturgical disciples, pastoral musicians, and members of the congregation to please be aware of their own daily health situation. We ask that you do a self-health screen before coming to the Church and to stay home if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms outlined above.
If you or your household have been exposed to COVID-19 you should not work, volunteer, or attend liturgical services at Good Shepherd Catholic Community for 14 days since your last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All weekend and daily Masses will continue to be livestreamed until all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
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
“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.