Our Response to COVID-19

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St. Julie Billiart ~ Post Pandemic

 

Based on guidelines presented by our Bishop, St. Julie's has begun to 'return to normal'.  As Fr. George has mentioned several times, a conservative approach is being taken and additional steps/events will evolve over the next weeks and months. 

As we have heard, the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass has been removed. The faithful are to attend Mass unless ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is immuno-compromised or ill as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety of contracting the coronavirus in a large group of persons. 

Changes in effect as of June 26, 2021

  • Masks are not required, but encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated, those in a compromised health state, and those who feel greater security in still wearing a mask. 

  • The gold chairs are back! Please note that within the carpeted area, chairs are set in 'pods' to accommodate those who are not quite ready to sit in close proximity to others.  

  • The Holy Water fonts are back.  They will be cleaned on a routine basis.  Hand sanitizers also remain.  Please continue to use.

  • The 'Sign of Peace' continues. All are encourage to maintain touch-less actions unless a member of your family.

  • We can 'sing'.  Worship books are back and have been placed in the racks under the chairs.

  • Communion will continue to process via the side aisles... and will begin from the back rows and move forward. While the markers are not on the floor, please be respectful of others in line and step to the side in order to consume the host before returning to your chair.

We are looking to bring back all our ministries!!!  

Were you a lector, sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, Hospitality minister, Altar Server, Sunday morning donut crew member, or any of the other jobs that make us an amazing community? have you ever thought to become more involved?  WELL... now is the time. Contact the rectory for more information and to get in touch with the groups. 

 Areas that are not ready to return at this time

  • Music ministry is working on the details for the return of our choir. Stay tuned.  

  • The offertory basket will remain, for now, at the entrance of the church.

  • We will continue to distribute communion in the form of the host only.  The congregation Chalice will not return yet.  Eucharistic Ministers will be required to wear a mask during distribution.

  • As more ministries, groups, and events are authorized to start up again, the organizers of events will be notified.

  • The 'cry room' remains unavailable.  Families are encouraged to be in the church with the community.  

We ask for everyone's understanding and cooperation as we look to incorporate additional adjustments to our community. Please continue to keep those who are ill or struggling from this pandemic in your prayers.

As a community we have been a strong example of being 'church' during this pandemic.  Let us continue to transition out of this pandemic with grace towards others.