Guidelines for Public Masses for St. Catherine and St. Francis, Warwick
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, granted by Bishop Tobin due to the Covid-19 virus, remains in effect until further notice.
Those who are elderly or who have underlying health issues should refrain from attending in person. Consult your doctor or your family.
Anyone who has symptoms of illness MUST STAY HOME.
MASKS MUST BE WORN BY ANYONE ENTERING THE CHURCH.
The seating capacity of the churches will be limited to allow for social distancing. Since the first weekend was sparsely attended, attendance will no longer be alphabetically by last name. All are invited to attend on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early in the unlikely event that the capacity limit be exceeded. Mass will be celebrated according to the regular schedule: Saturday, 4:30 pm at St. Francis; Sunday, 7:30 and 9:30 am at St Catherine; Sunday, 11:00 am at St. Francis.
Please arrive early to be guided to a seat by ushers. Entry to the churches is by one door only: St. Catherine by the ramp door at the rear of the church; St. Francis by the main door at the front of the church. On entering the church, please use the hand sanitizer provided for you. You are encouraged to bring your own to use during Mass.
You may deposit your budget envelopes/contributions in the box provided at the entry. The basket will not be passed at the Offertory of the Mass.
Sit only in the designated seats. Ushers will assist you.
No common hymnals, Mass cards, missalettes or bulletins will be available in the pews. We will have some singing of hymns and parts of the Mass. Use your memory and sing softly. Remember that MASKS MUST REMAIN ON DURING THE MASS.
There will be no Offertory procession, no bringing up of the gifts.
Regarding the reception of Holy Communion, remember that not everyone need receive Communion at every Mass. If you wish to receive, file to the altar pew by pew. Please respect those who wish to remain in their place. There will be only one priest or minister distributing the Host. Approach the altar, leaving 6 feet behind the person in front of you. All people are to receive Communion in the hand with hand flat out. Move to the side and slip your mask to the side to place the Host in your mouth. Return to your seat.
Please remain in your seat till the end of Mass to hear any important announcements. To exit the church, you may use any door while remaining 6 feet behind the person in front of you. Please do not stand around in church chatting thus causing a traffic jam.
Thank you for considering and abiding by these guidelines to provide for the safety of all or our parishioners. Also please note that the 9:30 am Mass will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and later downloaded to YouTube for the convenience of those who are unable to attend.