Mass: Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th
Happy Thursday Afternoon St. Matthias Family!
We have made it into week 8 of what we are calling Phase 1, in re-opening our parish. I know the state of Texas has moved into Phase 3, of the re-opening process, we however, have not received any updated guidelines from the Archdiocese; we remain in Phase 1 and will wait to see what Phase 2 looks like for us. The below procedures are for the most part, exactly as they have been in previous weeks, so there should be no big surprises this weekend.
If you will recall, last weekend was our first weekend Mass where we did not request you make a seat reservation. I think the team would agree that Masses went very well and we were able to adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
We had some new faces at each Mass, which was wonderful and exactly what we were hoping for.
We did not need to utilize the Narthex at any of the Masses, but were ready just in case. I think the total attendance for last weekend was around 330.
At some point, we are hoping to either see the need to add another Mass or utilize the Parish Hall for overflow. Please keep in mind, when the need arises to add another Mass, we will need volunteers to help "work" the Mass, if you will. If you have been to Mass since we re-opened, back in early May, you will notice it has been the same faithful parishioners "working" each and every week; it would be ideal to have several back-up parishioners, for each Mass, to be able to fill these volunteer duties. Please consider helping out and doing your part, those that volunteer each weekend would truly appreciate the opportunity to be able to sit alongside their family during a Mass, every once in awhile.
Please read thru the procedures below so you are clear on the newest, updated procedures and know what to do this weekend.
We will again have the 5pm Mass on Saturday, as well as the 10:30am English Mass on Sunday, followed by a 1:00pm Spanish Mass. We will plan to begin the Rosary 30 minutes prior to the start of each Mass.
Once again, we thank you for your continued patience and compliance, with any new procedures.
For now, Masses will be limited to 25% capacity across the Archdiocese.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Shower and Wash your hands.
Face coverings are required (must cover nose and mouth)
on our campus and during Mass.
The cry room is closed.
Bring your own hand sanitizer that can be used as you enter the church and before receiving Holy Communion.
bring items that contain bleach into the sanctuary as this will damage the pews.
MASS ARRIVAL PROCEDURES
All parking lots will now be open, feel free to park in any of the lots. Please do not park in one of the “Reserved” parking spots, unless your name is listed on that spot (all doors on campus will remain locked, if you park in the back lot, you will still need to walk all the way around the CCE bldg. and the Parish Hall, to the front entrance of the church).
Face coverings should be worn as soon as you exit your vehicle.
Arrive 15-20 minutes before Mass begins to stand in line (this will be crucial, since we no longer have a sign-up reservation process. arrive early, so that we can make room and start Mass on-time).
The main doors of the church will open 45 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
We will seat your household
The church will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back.
Every other pew will be closed and marked by red tape on the floor.
You may be sharing a pew with another household, but social distance is required between the households (6ft) (it is up to you to ensure you are 6ft between your household and the next).
The center sections will be seated first, followed by the two transepts.
There will be no seating in the narthex or cry room.
The holy water fonts remain empty.
Masses will be conducted as you have seen on the live-stream, with reduced volunteer lay ministers.
Communion will be distributed by Fr only.
Please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.
There is to be no physical contact between households at the sign of Peace or hand-holding during the Lord’s Prayer.
Baskets will be walked around by the ushers, pew by pew, during the offertory portion of the mass.
Cardinal DiNardo has mandated that communion not be offered on the tongue, under any circumstance, for the time being.
The precious blood will not be offered to the congregation.
Use of personal hand sanitizer before communion is strongly encouraged.
There will be a single communion line in the center of each main aisle. You will be prompted when to exit your pew.
Masks should be worn in the communion line.
After the priest offers you communion, please step to the side, remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and then re-mask as you head back to your pew.
MASS DEPARTURE PROCEDURES
After the final blessing, parishioners must remain in their pew.
Pews will be dismissed in an orderly fashion, starting in the rear of the church and then moving forward.
You must exit your pew when prompted. Private prayer is not available after weekend Masses, to allow the church to be reset for the next Mass.
The front doors will be utilized during departure.
Clergy will not shake hands afterwards. They will wave as you exit.
Please do not congregate outside, but head directly to your vehicle, to allow the next Mass to start on time.
CHURCH CLEANING PROCEDURES
We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitization practices, including cleaning pews in between every Mass.
Disinfecting bathrooms, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.
We do realize some of our faithful parish community are not comfortable with participating in the Holy Mass alongside (at 6ft apart) others just yet. For this very reason, Fr will distribute Holy Communion to anyone who would like to come up, once Communion has been
distributed to those inside the church.
A few things to note, if you fall into this category.
FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO NOT PARTICIPATE IN HOLY MASS OR FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T GET A SEAT FOR MASS, INSIDE THE CHURCH, BUT WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION
Please park where you find an available parking spot, as long as it is not marked as "Reserved." All parking lots will now be open, but all campus doors remain locked, with the exception of the sanctuary.
You are more than welcome to live-stream the Mass inside your car, via your cell service and come up for Communion, during Communion*. (*this is a change from prior weeks, do not wait until Mass has ended to come forward to receive Holy Communion.)
As the Communion portion of Mass approaches, please make your way to the front of the church, wearing your masks (
all bldgs will be locked, do not cut thru the bldg, you MUST walk around the bldgs).
You will come into the Narthex and form a line. Please social distance (6ft) between the family units.
Once Fr has distributed Holy Communion to those inside the church, he will move to the Narthex and will begin to distribute to those waiting in line.
Please follow the COMMUNION PROCEDURES above when receiving Holy Communion.
You can drop your weekly offertory as you depart, inside the box.
Please do not congregate outside, but head directly to your vehicle, after receiving Holy Communion.
You are reminded to follow CDC recommendations
regarding your own health
. If you fall into an “at risk” category, please stay home and join us by Live Stream. Please remember, we all want to stay safe and healthy, so following our parish protocol will help keep us and those around us as safe as possible. I too am beyond frustrated with all that this has caused, but with everyone working together, St. Matthias can be one place in which people can come together to worship without fear overcoming us.
on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:33PM