June2020 Public Masses

Reopening Saint Katharine Drexel Church on June 13 and 14, 2020 - Brief Instructions for Mass

From the Bishop (edited for brevity):

1. According to the Bishop’s directions, you should not attend Mass if you are:

a) A person who has any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

i. Fever (feeling feverish or a documented temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher);
ii. Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath (other than seasonal allergy symptoms);
iii. Whole body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;
iv. Changes in the person’s sense of taste or smell;

b) A person who has been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days (Note: healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment can attend);

or c) A person who has travelled in the past 14 days either: i. Internationally (outside the United States) ii. By cruise ship; or iii. Domestically (within the United States) outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine on public transportation (bus, train, plane, etc)

2. If you cannot attend Mass because you are at risk because of your age or illness—or if you are in one of the risk categories described above—you are excused from that obligation.

3. If you cannot attend Mass you can:

  1. Watch the live-streamed 10:30 Mass by going to stkdrexel.org.
  2. Watch a recording of the Mass at stkdrexel.org.
  3. Watch the Mass when it is broadcast on Wolfeboro Community Television.
  4. Listen to the Mass on WASR AM and FM starting in two weeks when our new network connection is ready.

4. If you choose to come after Mass for Communion:

  1. Follow the instructions of the guides who are helping people to safely receive Communion after Mass.Wear a mask until the actual reception of Communion.Use the hand sanitizer provided by the Diocese.Stay in your lanes to and from the Eucharistic Ministers.

5. If you choose to attend outdoors, listening to the Mass over the loudpeakers:

  1. Bring a lawn chair for yourself.
  2. Sit in the pavement or lawn areas indicated by the volunteers, keeping clear the pavement marked for Communion.At Communion time, wait for the indoor congregation to receive, then take your place in the Communion lines as directed by the volunteers.

6. If you choose to attend Mass indoors, here is what will be different:

From the Deacon:
Every other pew has been “taped off” for six feet of front-to-back separation.  Pews have also been marked with six-foot intervals for side-to-side separation.  Groups from the same household may of course sit together.  Individuals and groups from different households must sit six feet apart.  Ventilation will be natural, through the windows, with no mechanical air movement.  Everyone except the priest at the altar must wear a mask.  We will be following the Bishop’s directions, copied below.

From the Bishop:
Charity begins at home and in order to protect other people at church, masks really must be worn by all except children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face-covering without assistance. Priests are directed by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship never to wear a face covering during the celebration of the Mass. It is to be put on only for distribution of Holy Communion and then removed immediately.

• Bringing up the gifts in an Offertory Procession is suspended
• The Sign of Peace is suspended
• Distribution of the Precious Blood is suspended
• Only one Lector is to be assigned for the Readings • Altar Servers should not be ministering at this time (if circumstances warrant it approval must be sought from the Office of Worship)
• Hymnals, Missalettes and other books are to be removed from the pews or vestibule tables. Parishioners may use their own missals, prayer books, Magnificat, etc. brought from home and kept in their possession at all times.
• For the immediate future congregational singing should be omitted, or at least limited.
• One instrumentalist and one cantor at least 20 feet away from others and each other may lend music to the Mass.
• Acclamations, Dialogues (The Lord be with you/ And with your spirit), Psalm refrains etc. should be prepared for future use of singing without hymnals and Missalettes.

And (indirectly) from the Pastor:

This morning Father Cole told a small group of volunteers that we must approach this weekend with patience and good humor.  He did not mean it to be a homily, but it certainly works.  We will need both patience and good humor as we keep the Mystical Body of Christ—that is, ourselves—as healthy as possible during a stressful season of contagion.  Let’s thank God cheerfully that our church is reopening, and do our best to receive that gift gratefully and responsibly.

In addition to weekend Masses at 4:00 Saturday and at 7:00, 8:30, and 10:30 Sunday:

  • Daily Mass resumes Monday, June 15, at 8:00 a.m.
  • Eucharistic Adoration resumes Friday, June 19 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Outdoor Confessions will continue Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. under the tent behind the statues.

Be well, and please pray for the health of our Priests as our churches reopen.

Pax vobiscum,

--Deacon Rick