Dear Holy Cross family,
As of November 29th, 2020 (Advent I), the following guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety and health of our parish and visitors amidst the on going COVID-19 pandemic.
- All activities, gatherings, a meetings must abide by CDC guidelines. This includes the use of masks and maintaining 6 feet of distance at all times.
- Sunday worship will consist of two Holy Communion services, one at 9 AM and one at 11 AM. Each service will be capped at 27 people in the pews.
- Masks should be worn by all, even during recitation of the liturgy and/or singing.
- Every other pew will be marked off and will be unavailable for seating. The available pews will have tape marks indicating the appropriate distances family units should maintain from each other (6 feet).
- While Bibles, Prayer Books, and Hymnals will be in the pew racks, you are encouraged to bring your own. You are also encouraged to use hand sanitizer prior to Mass and immediately following.
- Communion will be offered in both kinds. However, it is highly encouraged for all to commune in one kind via the wafer. It is also appropriate, should it be desired, for anyone to remain in the pew and make a spiritual communion using the Liturgy for Spiritual Communion. Communing from the chalice will be limited to intinction.
- During the distribution of the elements, a distance of 6 feet between family units must be maintained.
- Communion will be distributed while standing in order to avoid touching the altar rail.
- As you approach the altar, you may remove your mask and hold it in one hand. You may then either hold out your hand, which indicates that you desire the bread only; or you may look at the priest and open your mouth, which indicates you desire a host intincted in wine. The priest will sanitize his hands after each distribution of an intincted host.
- A distance of 6 feet should be maintained throughout our time together. This includes when exiting and entering the building. Handshakes and hugs should be avoided as well.
- Anyone who exhibits any signs of sickness, including congestion, coughing, or fever, should stay home.
- As has been the case since March, the obligation to attend Mass is not in effect. We will continue to live stream the 11 AM service. Any who wish to stay home and participate via Spiritual Communion may do so.
Your servant in Christ always,
Fr. Myles Hixson