Before Returning to Mass
Below is a video covering the “new normal” for outdoor public mass. Please view the video, or read the text below the video, before attending your first mass.
Registration opens at noon on June 17
St. Joan Of Arc Outdoor Mass Beginning Monday, June 15
We are overjoyed to announce that our parish is resuming public worship, beginning with daily Mass on Monday, June 15, 2020, and weekend Masses on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21. In compliance with County and Diocesan directives, Mass will be celebrated outdoors in our lower parking lot lawn area.
We want to remind you that the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains in effect, and you are not required to attend Mass in person. If you are not feeling well, are in a high-risk group, or even apprehensive about attending Mass, we ask you to please stay home, and join us for Mass via live stream.
As we enter this re-opening phase, we’ll be implementing our new Sunday Mass schedule:
- Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 Noon
- Youth Mass: 2nd Sunday of the month, 5:30 p.m., August through June (this month, offered on Sunday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.)
Before you arrive for Mass:
- Attendance at Mass, even outdoors, is limited to 100 people. Per County recommendations, parishioners will need to sign-up in advance to attend Sunday Mass. The registration link will be included in the body of the weekly Flocknote update and on our parish website. Registration for Sunday Mass opens the Wednesday prior. Daily Mass registration differs slightly, with parishioners filling out a small index card at the entrance of our worship.
- Mass will be celebrated in front of the multi-purpose room. Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets!
- Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of two.
- We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer, which can be used before receiving Holy Communion.
Before you arrive at church:
- There will be one entry into the parking lot, via Castleton Court. The Knights of Columbus will greet you as you arrive.
- For Sunday Mass, please print or have your confirmation email pulled up on your phone and be prepared to show it to the Knights as you arrive. Please follow their directions.
- Please put on your mask before you leave your vehicle.
- Red flags will be spaced throughout the grass to help us maintain social distancing. Only one household per flag!
- A few chairs will be set up on our patio for parishioners with mobility issues.
- If someone arrives for a Sunday Mass without having a reserved space, they will be asked to wait in a stand-by line. If there is space available at the beginning of Mass, parishioners in the stand-by line will be invited to enter our worship space, and our ushers will direct them to the appropriate area.
- Please do not be late to Mass, as your reserved spaces may be given away!
Procedures during Mass:
- Please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.
- There is to be no physical contact between households at any time.
- Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly gift in one of the designated baskets as you leave Mass, but we strongly encourage online giving through Realm.
Procedures for the reception of Holy Communion:
- Communion will take place at the end of Mass, after the final blessing.
- The precious Blood will not be offered to the faithful.
- The use of personal hand sanitizer before communion is strongly encouraged
- Ushers will assist those who wish to receive Holy Communion; please follow their direction.
- Line up along the sidewalk on either side of the grass. Tape on the sidewalk will help ensure social distancing.
- When you approach the priest or Eucharistic minister to receive communion, please keep your mask on.
- After the Eucharistic minister has given you Holy Communion, step to the side, lower your mask and receive the precious Body of Christ.
- After you have received the Eucharist, place your mask back on, and return to your space to collect your belongings, then proceed to your vehicle. For those attending daily Mass, you may remain for quiet prayer and meditation.
Procedures for your departure:
- For Sunday Mass, you can drop your weekly offering as you depart.
- Please do not congregate with other families or friends after Mass but head directly to your vehicle to allow the next Mass to start on time.