Our Response to COVID-19
Do you wonder if you should attend Mass?
Worried about social distancing?
Consider joining us for a Weekday Mass in the church. Attendance is usually less than 15, and so social distancing is even better than ideal.
We cannot answer the 'if' question for you. It is a personal decision with many factors. We can give you information to help you make your decision. Let's share a few facts.
The doors to the church are propped open. We have hand sanitizer dispensers at the church entrance, and no holy water fonts. Everything has been sanitized, and is sanitized between Masses.
For those who attend St. Julie's, you know the general size of the worship space. Here are the numbers:
400 is the number of chairs the church CAN hold. (Visualize Christmas Day)
300 is the number of chairs on a typical weekend.
160 - 180 is the typical number (pre-covid) of parishioners at any weekend Mass.
80 is the maximum number of chairs currently spread out in the worship space (remembering the space can hold 400).
Our Weekend Mass attendance October 31 - November 1: The 5:00 Mass had 45 attendees, the 9:00 Mass had 54 attendees, and the 11:00 Mass had 40 attendees. We have room for you! Please read the guidelines below, especially about Communion.
If you are really wanting to come back, but just not sure about weekend Mass at this time, join us for Mass on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday at 8:30 a.m. All you need is your mask and faith!
Please watch our video to learn more. Click the triangle play button in the lower left corner to begin.
As of July 4/5 we will have Sunday Mass on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The later start of the second Mass on Sunday is to allow time for proper cleaning of chairs and surfaces between Masses.
Please read these guidelines below before coming to Mass, especially about Communion. These guidelines/decisions have not been made lightly. Our parish is following the guidelines of the Diocese and the Office of Worship.* At times things change daily and keeping abreast of it all is a challenge. PLEASE BE PATIENT and we will find our way to the new normal!
Remember: We are still to keep holy the Lord's day, but the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been dispensed for the remainder of the year.
Mass will continue to be provided on the website with a link from the home page. It will be recorded at the 5:00 Mass and be made available late on Saturday evening for Sunday morning. Additionally, daily Mass is available on the Diocesan website: click the scrolling banner at the top of their website to attend.
Face Masks must be worn upon entering the building and while in the building. This is for the safety of everyone. The Corona Virus has not gone away and without testing, no one knows who a carrier might be or may even be infected.
You will notice that the seating arrangement in the church is quite different.
Family Seating (arranged for 3-4 persons… additional chairs may be moved to accommodate large families
PLEASE RESPECT THE ABOVE ARRANGEMENT. For example: if you are alone, do not sit in a double or family arrangement. If you are with one other individual, do not sit in a family section. If you need assistance finding a seat, please ask a hospitality minister for assistance.
The distribution of Communion will also be a new experience.
The preference is to receive only in the hand. Please keep your hand as flat open as possible to not contact the minister.
Please maintain 6' social distancing and continue to wear your mask when processing for Communion. Wait for the person in front of you to move aside before approaching the priest/deacon/extraordinary minister to receive the Host.
For weekend Mass, after receiving the Host, step toward the middle aisle, to the X on the floor, drop your face mask, consume the Eucharist, and replace your mask prior to returning to your seat via the CENTER AISLE, maintaining 6' social distancing from the person in front of you.
There will be no missalettes or worship aids provided. If you bring your own, please be sure to take them with you when you leave. You are NOT TO SING (or hum) with the music minister. Doing so greatly increases the potential of airborne droplets. The Mass parts will be recited instead of sung.
Bulletins will remain on-line only. If you or someone you know would like a hard copy, contact the office and we will gladly mail one to you.
IF YOU ARE ILL…. PLEASE stay home and worship with us virtually via the recorded Mass available on Sunday morning. See our home page for a link to the current Sunday Mass.
* If you would like to see many of the documents that have been reviewed and will be used to adapt SJB... go to the Diocesan website at https://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/forward-with-christ/worship-guidelines which tells “What the faithful should expect…”
Under Additional Information, you'll see the Provincial Worship Directors' Guidelines. Settle back and be prepared for lots of information!
Please note that this link was correct at the time of posting, but had been changed since earlier that day. If it doesn't work for you, start at the Diocese's home page, click Forward with Christ, then Worship Guidelines.