Dear Faithful of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Church,
Since the third week in March, we have experienced anxiety and separation from family and friends. We were unable to receive Our Eucharistic Lord so as to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Yet while the threat remains, we began celebrating public Mass in church again. We have moved from the Yellow phase and are transitioning to the Green phase. It is important to note that the Green phase directives do not differ greatly from the Yellow phase. We will not use the services of our Altar Servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Gift Bearers or Musicians. Singing is still restricted due to the wearing of masks and the removal of hymn books. Ushers will continue to take up the collection after the Universal Prayer and put the collection in the confessional until after Mass. The gifts will not be brought to the Altar. The regulations for the other sacraments are still in place with the same precautions prescribed for the Yellow Phase. Following civic and diocesan guidelines everyone should wear a mask. Bring your disinfectant wipes to wipe down the place where you will be sitting before Mass and before leaving the church. (Waste paper bins can be found at the entrances to the church.) The parish is unable to provide masks or disinfectant wipes. You will need to bring your own. You are reminded that social distancing is still required. If you are uncomfortable with someone sitting too close, kindly move to another pew without creating an incident, or you may want to participate at the weekday Mass instead of the Masses on the weekend. All Masses will be offered in the church including weekday Mass. We will continue the regular schedule of Masses.
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 (Sacrament of Penance from 4:00 - 4:45)
Sunday morning Masses: 7:00 and 10:00
Weekday morning Mass: 8:30 (Sacrament of Penance from 8:00 - 8:25)
Guidelines for Mass Attendance: Please remember that for the safety and health of everyone Bishop Gainer has issued a dispensation excusing us from attending Mass of obligation until further notice. This applies to everyone. Additionally the following people should not attend public Mass at this time:
Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state, and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church and if your temperature is above normal (98.6 degrees) you may not attend.
Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue are strongly encouraged, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Mass.
Please note: The Parish Hall restrooms will not be available except for emergency use. All activities in the Parish Hall are cancelled until further notice.
Please give all of the above information, as well as current government and diocesan recommendations, serious consideration. All plans are subject to change based on civic and diocesan regulation. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this new and necessary way to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. We are all looking forward to the days when our entire community can be together again.
Most sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Anthony Miller
Rev. C. Anthony Miller, Pastor, Mrs. Trina Trone, Secretary