Fall Update-Phase III Opening

September 24, 2020

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.                                                                               from Psalm 100

 

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

In the time since my last update, Summer has left us and the kaleidoscope of Fall is beginning to emerge. Vacations have come and gone, schools are back in session and many of the traditional activities associated with this time of year have begun. Yet…none of them in the same way as we have grown accustomed to experiencing them!

Here at Holy Name of Jesus that means that we are planning and gearing up for nuances, variations, or entirely new ways to worship and celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and Anointing of the Sick. In addition, our Faith Formation Team has been hard at work preparing to hand on our Faith in both tried and true fashion, as well as entirely new and exciting ways in this ongoing Covid-influenced environment.

Members of our Parish Life Ministries- the Ladies Guild, the Men’s Society, the Knights of Columbus, Quilters, Buildings, and Grounds Team, Finance Advisory Board, and Task Force have been brainstorming to the point of exhaustion, trying to refashion ways of praying, socializing, evangelizing and celebrating given the restrictions, policies, and protocol presently in place that dictate the who, how, what and how many for every type of public gathering.

The fruits of these labors from our various groups, committees, ministries and organizations will be shared with you over the next few weeks through emails, social networks and the weekly bulletin. Stay tuned! Different, New, Safe and Exciting things will be happening!

I would like to share with you a brief update and future plans for our Liturgical and Spiritual life as a Parish. Since the public celebration of the Mass resumed in late June, our 10:00 AM Mass has been at or near full, allowable capacity of 100 people. Many of you present, as well as visiting Clergy, have shared your gratitude for the over-abundance of safety procedures and guiding personnel present to ensure as safe an environment as possible. With Phase 3 guidelines going into effect soon, the allowable capacity will increase. Many of our parishioners have shared that they are not comfortable being present for Mass in a gathering of so many people.

After much thought, prayer and discussion, our Pastoral Team would like to explore the possibility of adding a Vigil Mass on Saturday. This Mass would be limited to fifty worshippers in order to allow for even greater safe distancing than the recommended six feet. In order for us to be able to offer a smaller Vigil Mass we need a commitment from 10-15 parishioners to help oversee the safety protocol we must follow. Please contact the Parish Office if you are willing and able to commit to being a helper. (Also attached to this email is a description of the various roles and responsibilities of helpers needed.)

I am also very happy to inform you that we will be resuming public Worship during the week. Starting on Tuesday, October 13 the new Covid-influenced Weekday Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday Mass at 8:30 in the Chapel of Sts. Cyril and Methodius (Convent)

Friday Communion Service at 8:30 in the Chapel of Sts. Cyril and Methodius (Convent)

Attendance will be limited to 12 worshippers and all safety measures will be observed. Please call the Office to inform us that you would like to attend.

The Convent Chapel of Sts. Cyril and Methodius will be open for private prayer Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Finally (for now), the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Saturday mornings from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM starting October 17 in the Church. We are finalizing procedures to ensure the privacy and safety of all who wish to celebrate this beautiful Sacrament. Of course, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment as well.

I am so grateful to all who have shown their support and appreciation during these challenging times. Your resilience and commitment are truly inspirational!

…to all who have brave the elements to Worship publicly…

…to all who have continued to support your Parish financially and through prayer…

…to all who sacrifice to help others in need…

…to all who unite with us in prayer and worship from home…

…to all who help to create a safe environment for public Worship…

…to all who find ways to keep the Sabbath Holy…

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU

..Stay Safe…

...Stay Smart…

...Wear Your Mask…

...Wash Your Hands…

...Keep Holy the Sabbath!...

 

Help Needed for 

Vigil Mass

In order to satisfy the State of Connecticut and Diocese of Bridgeport requirements, mandates, protocol and procedures, and in observance of an over-abundance of caution, the following positions need to be ‘staffed’ by parishioners if we are to add a 4:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass.

Parking lot attendants (2-3):

  • direct traffic and ensure safe distancing requirements as worshippers arrive
  • remind people that masks must be worn the entire time they are on Church property
  • remind worshippers that all must enter through the main entrance

Foot Traffic Attendants: (3)

  • 1 at corner of sidewalk
  • 1 at front circle
  • 1 at steps leading to the main Church doors
  • Responsibilities include reminding worshippers of the need to maintain the 6 foot safe distance and mask requirements and to direct people into the Church in an orderly and safe manner

Temperature Takers: (1-2)

  • Since we must be certain that every worshipper is ‘fever-free’ before being allowed into Church, we need 1 or 2 people at the Main doors taking temperatures and requesting that worshippers sanitize their hands before moving to the registration table.

Registration Table Attendants: (2)

  • Attendants will verify that each person entering has, indeed, registered and filled out the required questionnaire and tacking information.

Greeters/Communion Helpers: (2)

  • Greeters will assist worshippers with finding a seat and remind attendees that only members of the same household may sit together. In addition encourage all who gather to remain as far apart as possible (minimally 2 pews).
  • Communion Help is needed to be nearby and ready to purify Fr/Deacon’s hands if needed during the distribution of Communion.

Please contact the Office if you have any questions. More detailed descriptions and orientation will be given if we have enough help to add the 4:00 Vigil Mass.

…THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSITANCE…STAY SAFE…WASH YOUR HANDS…

…WEAR YOUR MASK…AND…KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH!!!

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