St. Charles Mass Procedures
BEFORE COMING TO WEEKEND & DAILY MASSES,
PLEASE READ ALL MASS PROCEDURES BELOW.
Things may look different as we come together for Mass due to Covid-19. It may be hard and not what we expect, but by God’s grace, we will get through this by doing it together.
Before you come to Mass, please watch the video from Fr. Ken and Fr. Nick that was produced for our first comeback weekend May 30 and 31. Even though there have been updates to the Mass procedures since this time, the video will give you a basic idea of what to expect. Fr. Ken and Fr. Nick will communicate any new Mass procedures or parish updates via our parish website and/or Mass announcements.
St. Charles staff and volunteers have given careful thought to put measures and precautions in place to ensure the safety of all coming back for Mass. While some procedures may seem overly cautious, they are meant to help keep everyone safe. The following are highlights of these procedures that are in accordance with the most updated (9-14-20) directives from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee:
- We would encourage those who are well and feel comfortable to join us in Mass! The Church has always acknowledged, and continues to acknowledge, circumstances which may legitimately excuse someone from attending Mass in person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. If you are at risk, ill or are feeling ill, please participate in Mass via livestream on our parish website.
- During this current phase of our reopening, church seating will be no more than 250 (following the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Waukesha County safety guidelines). Overflow seating, with chairs appropriately socially distanced, will be in the Borromeo Room.
- Please bring your own face covering/mask, and those age 6 and older will be required to wear a face covering/mask. Please have your face covering on as you enter the building. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided for you. Face coverings are required at all Masses and may only be removed to consume the Precious Body.
A special accommodation will be made for those with celiac disease (please email Alicia Van Hecke - email@example.com - at least 24 hours before Mass to have a low-gluten host or celiac chalice set up for you).
- To receive in hand: As you come forward to receive Holy Communion, if you wish to receive on the hand, do so from the minister stationed in the side aisle. Place out your hands, say amen, lower your mask, receive the Precious Body from the priest or other minister, step to the side, and reverently consume the Precious Body.
- To receive by tongue: This minister will be stationed in the center aisle. If you wish to receive on the tongue, simply bow, bypass the minister in the side aisle, and then proceed to the minister in the center aisle. When the minister says, “The Body of Christ,” say, “Amen,” then lower your mask and receive Holy Communion on the tongue. The minister will sanitize his hand after distributing to each person.
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
- No childcare will be offered during Masses at this time. Parents are requested to use the hallway only to help calm young children.
- Thirty minutes before Mass, the doors of the church will open. Please do not be late for Mass. We will not be seating anyone in the body of the church after Mass begins. Special directions will be given for handicapped persons.
- Parishioners are asked to be patient and flexible in following the ushers' directions and maintain social distancing when entering and exiting the parish. Please do not leave Mass until an usher dismisses you.
- For the well-being of all and to ensure adequate time to clean and sanitize the church for the next Mass, we kindly ask that everyone in attendance exits the building and grounds in a safe, orderly and timely manner. While we know many of you would like to connect with your fellow parishioners, we ask that you go directly to your car to avoid large gatherings.
- Restrooms will be open and monitored so that only one individual or parent and child will be allowed in at a time.
- Paper bulletins will be distributed after Mass by ushers wearing masks and gloves while keeping as much social distance as possible. An electronic version is available on the homepage of our website.
- The Mass worship aid is available on our parish website’s home page, so feel free to participate in prayer and song during the Mass by using your smartphone, iPad or other electronic device. As of October 2020, we will be offering a monthly printed worship aid for those who prefer a paper copy. Parishioners will need to take this worship aid home and bring it with them to each Mass.
- There will be a basket available for you to drop off your offertory (envelope) before or after Mass. You may also drop off your offertory in the parish drop slot located by the Parish Office in the foyer (main entrance). For ease of giving, especially during this time, we encourage you to consider E-giving (electronic giving).
We know this may be a lot to adjust to, and to make it work, we need all of you, our entire community, to help. When we come to Mass, we never come just for ourselves. We also come to joyfully worship together. Your cooperation with these new procedures will make it possible not only for you and your family to attend Mass but your fellow parishioners, as well.
Last, but certainly not least, please pray for us. Pray for our entire community. Pray that as we come back together all goes well. And know of our prayers for you. We love you, we miss you, and we can’t wait to see you. God Bless.