St. Stephen Catholic Comeback
Return to Mass Directives, Guidelines and Considerations for our St. Stephen Catholic Comeback 2020
Beginning Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st, 2020
The Christian holy day of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31).
In the Christian tradition, this event represents the birth of the early church.
DIRECTIVES are to be followed for the safe celebration of Mass
Public Mass will be celebrated only on Saturday evening Mass of Anticipation at 4:30pm and Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30am.
Attendance at each Mass is limited to 25% of the Church’s Occupancy Permit (approx. 125-150). Be aware that once we reach our maximum capacity please be prepared to attend another Mass.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed through Sunday, July 5. Please take this into consideration if you are at high risk.
Signage will be on entrance doors asking anyone with fever/flu-like symptoms not to enter: All people are to wear face masks and take other protective measures as needed. Enter at East Doors only. South Doors will remain locked.
Communion is to be distributed only by the priest and vested deacon.
Hand sanitizer is to be used before the distribution of Communion. If inadvertent contact is made, the priest or deacon is to stop and sanitize his hands before continuing to distribute Communion.
Communion is to be received ONLY in the flat, open HAND. If your tradition is to receive on the tongue, you are dispensed from receiving Communion.
Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people not living in the same household must be followed.
Frequently touched surfaces in the church (pews/pew tops, door handles, microphones, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized per CDC recommendations after every liturgy.
No physical contact during the Sign of Peace is allowed.
After Mass take your Worship Aid to the refuse container by the doors. They cannot be reused for the next Mass.
Hospitality ministers and ushers must wear masks and must not make physical contact when greeting parishioners.
Collection baskets are not to be passed person-to-person. A large basket will be placed at the baptismal font for people to deposit envelopes or cash donations.
Restrooms are available with the requirement to use hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting the restroom.
No paper bulletins will be distributed. Please see the website for bulletin information.