IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, OHIO
The Bishops of Ohio announced that, while making every effort to respect the spirit of the governor’s “Responsible Restart Ohio Plan,” we will begin to make the public celebration of Mass available once again. In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, public Masses will begin on Monday, May 25, 2020.
At the same time, we must emphasize that this is not going to be a “return to normal.” Health and safety requirements and recommendations must continue to be followed. Among these are social distancing, the use of face masks, and concern for the most vulnerable.
Because of social distancing, church capacity will be significantly reduced and the number of people who attend a particular Mass will have to be regulated and limited. Please remember that you have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, and that dispensation will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Thus, those who wish to participate in Mass and receive Holy Communion can do so by attending any Mass that is celebrated any day of the week.
PROTOCOLS FOR OUR CHAMPAIGN COUNTY PARISHES
- People attending Mass are encouraged to wear a mask. Please bring your own mask.
- There is hand sanitizer available at each entrance.
- There will be no holy water available in the fonts.
- Upon arrival at the church, please follow the instructions posted, and any instructions from the ushers.
- Seating will be limited to every other pew, and one family group should be socially distanced from other family groups within the same pew.
- Hymnals and missalettes have been removed.
- There will be no choir, and no seating in the choir area.
- The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
- Traffic patterns for reception of Holy Communion may be different from what you’re used to.
- When coming forward to receive Holy Communion, please maintain a 6-foot spacing in the line. (This does not apply to mothers or fathers and their children.)
- Parishioners will have a choice of receiving the Body of Christ standing or kneeling, and in the hand or on the tongue.
- The Precious Blood will not be available to the parishioners.
- The church will be cleaned after Masses, including all high-touch points (pews, doors, handles, etc.)
- Please plan to arrive early! Due to social distancing guidelines and spaced seating, it is possible that there will not be enough seating for everyone who wishes to attend Sunday Mass. If this is the case, it is possible that, unfortunately, you may be turned away at the door. You may attend a different Mass, including a weekday Mass, to receive Holy Communion. Remember, your Sunday obligation is still dispensed for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. These things are new for all of us, and it will take some time for us to get used to the changes.