We are finalizing our online reservation system for weekend Masses.
When it is ready, we will share that link with our parishioners here, by email, and on our social media channels.
We project that online reservations for Pentecost, May 30-31, will open on Wednesday, May 27, at 12:00 PM.
My friends in Christ,
I am delighted to announce that, based on guidance from the Archbishop and health experts, parishioners may join us for Mass on a limited basis beginning at the celebration of Pentecost Sunday, May 30 and 31.
The safety of our parishioners, staff, and celebrants is critically important as we come together. Based on input from health, logistics, and canonical experts, we have devised a protocol to allow for a safe and joyful liturgy – albeit different from everything we are accustomed to.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended through June 28. The faithful are not required to attend Mass, though we encourage your participation by live stream. We especially encourage those who are feeling ill or medically vulnerable to remain at home.
A new Mass schedule will allow for safe entry/exit before and after Mass, as well as sanitizing of pews and other surfaces between Masses. Our new Mass schedule will be:
- Saturday at 4:00 PM
- Sunday at 10:30 AM
- Sunday at 1:30 PM (Spanish),
- Sunday at 4:00 PM
These Masses will continue to be available via live stream.
We will configure seating so that parishioners remain at least 6-feet apart. At the recommendation of health officials, we must limit the number of congregants to 100 per Mass. Families living together may sit together in the same row. To avoid disappointment and crowds, reservations will need to be made in advance. An online registration tool will be available soon, at which time we will share specific reservations procedures. As seating options are restricted, only registered parishioners may make reservations.
Health and Safety
Hand sanitizing stations will be available and congregants must wear masks while in the cathedral – except while receiving communion.
Procedures during Mass
In accordance with recommendations from the Thomistic Institute and the Centers for Disease Control, there will be no distribution of the Precious Blood, no Holy Water, no Sign of Peace, no offertory procession, nor private prayer after Mass. Childcare will not be available.
We joyfully await coming together to celebrate Mass. While things will look a little different, in the spirit of Pentecost, this will be the rebirth of our church. The church has always overcome challenges and this temporary adjustment to our traditions will prove no different.
We are all new to this. Many unforeseen issues will surely arise. I ask for your patience and prayers as we implement these new procedures.
Yours in Christ,