Guidelines for Attending Holy Mass, beginning on Pentecost Weekend, Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31, 2020
- The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still dispensed through Sunday July 5, 2020
- You are welcome to attend mass when live masses begin. However, if your health is vulnerable as defined by the health department, (i.e. seniors, those with compromised immune systems or health conditions), or if you feel ill, we ask that you stay at home and watch our mass live, or recorded, on Facebook.
- Holy Mass attendance will resume at the previously regularly scheduled times on the weekend, 4 pm on Saturday's, 10 am on Sunday's
- The Sunday mass will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook
- The directives and limitations we are following are:
- Attendance at each individual Mass is limited to no more than 25% of the church's occupancy, approximately 250 parishioners for St Paul the Apostle
- The parish doors will open for entry 30 minutes before the start of mass. Doors will be propped open to limit contact with door handles
- Ushers will direct all parishioners approaching, entering and being seated. All parishioners must follow the direction of the ushers to keep everyone safe
- If attendance reaches our 25% capacity, we will close the parish doors and will be unable to allow any further entry. Parishioners will be encouraged to attend another mass or watch our mass on Facebook.
- Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet between people not of the same family must be followed.
- All parishioners will be required to follow safe hygenic practices while attending mass:
- Bring your own hand sanitizer if possible as St. Paul's has a limited supply
- Wearing a facemask will be required to enter the parish for mass for all family members
- Gloves are also permitted, and are encouraged
- Refrain from touching surfaces as much as possible
- Communion is to be received ONLY in the hand, and will not be distributed by the Chalice
- Children must remain with their parents at all times, and must wear a mask
- Washing clothes worn to mass afterward is highly recommended
- All missals, bibles, prayer cards and other resources will be removed from pews. No physical contact during the sign of peace will be permitted
- Non-essential gatherings during or around mass will be suspended, within the church, such as Children's Liturgy of the Word, post mass social gatherings or refreshments
- A Cantor will be allowed but choirs will not be used
- Ministers and ushers will wear face masks and not make any physical contact when serving or greeting parishioners
- No handouts, or paper bulletins will be distributed. Anyone bringing worship materials into the church must take them home or discard when leaving the church.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has put up a short video on the process of returning to mass, which can be viewed here:
Emergency Situation - In an emergency, call the parish office, 262-886-0530,and leave a message for Fr. Yamid at extension 104, and Father will get back to you.
, “St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Racine. The following link can be used:
Other Important Information
- Masses will continue to be broadcast over our Facebook page. On weekends, the Saturday and Sunday public masses, as well as weekday masses Wednesday at 10 am, Tuesday and Thursday at 3 pm. See Facebook page link below.
- The parish office is closed. Staff will be working on a limited basis at the parish and remotely from home. Call the parish office and leave a message to be called back by a staff member.
- Until weekend masses begin, Holy Communion may only be administered by Father Yamid in grave circumstances. Call the parish office, extension 104 to arrange with Father.
- Confession will continue to be offered by appointment only. Leave a message at the office, Ext 104 to schedule time with Father, and he will get back to you.
- Annointing - If someone needs annointing and is in the hospital, please contact the hospital first and ask the Chaplain to administer. If this is not possible, or the person is at home, contact Fr Yamid through parish office, extension 104.
- Mass of Christian Burial and Vigils for the Deceased may be celebrated but should be limited to only the immediate family while keeping in mind the current guidance of the CDC and Health Department in regards to crowd size, (10 or less).
- Sacraments of Initiation of Adults and Children over Catechetical Age, as well as the Chrism Mass are postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
- Due to the reduction in public masses, offertory collections have also declined. We realize many of our parishioners may be facing financial hardship, and may no longer be able to contribute. However, for those who still can, we ask you to mail contributions to the parish office, or make use of online giving through our website or electronic funds transfer through our automated process. For further information contact the parish office.
God Bless you and your families during this difficult time.
Please check this announcement periodically for updates and changes. Updated May 19, 2020, 2:00 pm.