Friday, May 22, 2020
St. John XXIII will re-open and begin offering a modified public Mass starting on Sunday May 31, 2020. Mass times will be 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM (not 10 am), and 4:00 PM. All Masses will be on Sundays. These Masses will be approximately 25 minutes in length, feature a short homily, and no music. The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place. Attendance will be limited to approximately 120 persons.
All attendees are required to wear a covering over their nose and mouth (e.g. face mask, bandana, neck gaiter, etc.). Those not wearing a covering will be asked to leave. Families with children under 3 years of age are encouraged to attend the virtual Mass. We will not have face coverings nor hand sanitizer available at Mass.
Please stay safe at home and do not come to Mass if you…
· Are sick, or have recently been sick, or have an underlying medical
· Are frail due to advanced age
· Are nervous about contracting COVID-19
· Live with and/or care for someone sick, elderly, at risk, or with COVID-19
· Work at or regularly visit high-risk situations, where there are COVID-19
Doors will be opened 15 minutes prior to Mass. We ask that you remain in your vehicle until you are invited into the church. Please have your face covering on when you exit your vehicle. Maintain 6 feet between yourselves and other groups/persons.
Pews are marked with blue tape at 6 feet intervals. Ushers will direct you to a seat beginning with the front of the sanctuary working toward the gathering area. Persons living in the same household may sit together. All others must be 6 feet apart. Once the seating is filled, we will refuse entry to all persons.
No physical contact (i.e. sign of peace, holding hands, Communion on the tongue) before, during or after Mass. Attendance at Mass is at your own risk.
Pews and other touch surfaces will be sanitized with a Steramine solution between Masses. We will need volunteers to help with ushering and sanitizing. Please contact Tracy (319-846-3139; [email protected]
) in the office if you are willing to volunteer. If you volunteer, you will be contacted to arrange a brief training.
There will be additional instructions for the distribution of Communion, donations, and exiting provided at the start and during Mass.
Daily Mass at 12:15 PM will be open to the public beginning June 1, 2020 (and will be Livestreamed as well) for those who wish to attend and may be substituted for the Sunday Mass. Rules at daily Mass are the same as for Sunday Mass.
We will offer a Livestreamed Mass on Saturdays at 4:00 PM which will include music and the full Homily. This will not be a public Mass.
Friends, please know that all the above guidelines are to keep all of you and others safe. I ask for your extra patience, understanding and flexibility if you choose to come to Mass. We will be re-evaluating our protocols on a weekly basis and make changes as we see necessary. This and all changes, if made, will be posted on our parish website, please check it regularly. Please help me to pass the word and refer others to the website for the most current and ACCURATE information.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Father Vu will continue Livestreaming the following:
Daily Masses (M-F) 12:15 pm
Saturday Mass 4:00 pm
Rosary followed by Eucharistic Benediction (Tues & Thurs) 8:00 pm