Guidelines for Returning to Public Masses at Sacred Heart:
-Plans to reopen for weekend mass will begin the weekend of May 30th at 25% of our parish seating capacity which is approximately 115 people at each regularly scheduled mass.
No reservations are required. Once seating is full, we will be at our capacity.
Masses are at 4:30 pm on Saturdays and 8:00 and 11:00 am on Sundays.
-Confession will resume the normal schedule at Sacred Heart starting the first week in June (Tuesday’s at 4:45 and Saturday’s at 3:30pm). For the time being, Confessions will be drive thru in the church parking lot at Sacred Heart.
-Daily mass will begin at 25% capacity on Thursday, June 4, 2020. No reservation required.
–There is no obligation to attend Mass. That will remain the case until Midsummer, at the earliest.
–Those who are 65 or older, or who may have risk factors for Covid-19 are not forbidden to attend, but do know you are considered to be in a heightened state of risk for infection.
–If you are experiencing fever or any type of cough or illness please do not come to Mass. If you live with someone who is ill, whether they are being monitored for Covid-19 or not, it would be better if you refrained from Mass until everyone in the house is recovered.
What should parishioners do before they arrive at the parish?
–Ensure that you do not have any symptoms of sickness.
–Bring your own hand sanitizer
–Out of respect for fellow parishioners, we ask all in attendance to wear face masks.
–Please refrain from using the restrooms if possible. Only use if there is an emergency, it is not possible for us to sanitize these facilities after every user.
–We will have Holy Water containers in the gathering space and at the Parish hall. Please bring a container if you would like to take some home.
What will happen during Mass?
–The Church now has fixed barriers in the pews to ensure social distancing. People may sit in a group only with those with whom they share the same residence.
–No sign of peace.
–No Precious Blood.
–There are no hymnals in the pews and there will be no congregational singing.
–There will be no servers, lectors, musicians, sacristans, ushers or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at this time.
Procedures for receiving Holy Communion.
–Dismissal one pew at a time.
–Individuals not from the same household are to be 6 ft apart at all times.
– We are asking that you receive communion in the hand. We cannot receive communion wearing gloves.
Dismissal after Mass
–Please respect the 6 ft distance upon dismissal.
–You are kindly asked not to linger after Mass.
TO READ THE DIOCESE OF LANSING GUIDELINES, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW.