Tri-Parish opens for weekend mass
May 27, 2020
Public Masses are coming again! Bishop Callahan has given permission for weekend Mass to once again be offered publicly beginning on Pentecost weekend, May 30/31. This is a first step. If it goes well, we can expect weekday Masses to also be offered publicly within a few weeks.
The entire, usual weekend Mass schedule will be offered in the Tri-Parishes. However, because churches are limited to 25% capacity all Masses will be offered at St. Mary’s with a capacity for 125 participants, except for the 6:00 Saturday evening Mass at St. Augustine – Norwalk. The schedule at St. Mary’s will be Saturday at 4:00 pm; and Sunday at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 12 noon (Latin Mass).
Note that weekend Masses will return to Sacred Heart when and if allowable capacity and numbers attending make it possible. The current 25% capacity would only allow 65 of the usual 115-120 people normally expected at a 4:00 Mass to attend; 10:00 typically welcomes 140-155 people.
This will work in Sacred Heart’s favor as the long-awaited renovation of the old entry and bell tower stairwell is now taking place. Thus, it is a bit of a mess in there at the moment.
Attendance is by reservation only. So, if you would like to attend one of our weekend Masses, please call or e-mail the parish office which is now open from 8:00am – 12 noon, Monday through Thursday. Phone: 654-5654; email: [email protected] Your reservation will be taken and then confirmed.
Please know that all reasonable steps are being taken to ensure a sanitary environment is maintained, as it has in our churches throughout this pandemic. This will include daily sanitizing, and on weekends, sanitizing between Masses. Social distancing is also a serious consideration in our practices.
Finally, the obligation to attend weekend Mass is still set aside, especially in light of the need for the elderly and those with compromised health to continue sheltering in place.
That all being said, the Tri-Parishes joyfully looks forward to celebrating Holy Mass in public again beginning on Pentecost weekend.