We have determined that at St Anthony of Padua we can safely receive 70 people at each Mass while maintaining appropriate distancing.
To that end, the normal daily Mass schedule will resume May 25:
We will offer 3 Masses on Sunday beginning May 31 as follows:
The Sunday obligation remains suspended until November 22, so if you do not feel well, or if you are in a vulnerable demographic, or if you do not feel comfortable gathering with that many people right now, please stay home.
For Sunday, if you are planning to attend, please call or write ahead to the office so we can have an idea of the head count. 229-455-5554 email@example.com
Sign up is not required, but the 70 person limit will be enforced on a first come first serve basis. If the four Masses are not sufficient to accommodate the need, more Masses will be added to the Sunday schedule.
The Sunday celebration will be a simplified format for the sake of brevity as well as health and safety. At least to begin with, we will not be singing, since it seems like that may contribute to the spread. There will be no sign of peace, and there will be no distribution of the chalice. Masks are recommended.
With the tight schedule on Sunday, we will be reminding people not to spend time visiting indoors and we request that no one plan to come in more than 10 minutes before Mass.
Confessions will be offered by request for the time being to prioritize the additional celebrations of the Mass.
I am grateful for the opportunity to begin to come together again and I look forward to seeing everyone soon. I thank you in advance for your cooperation with these adaptations. Together I think we can make it work.
Fr Kevin O’Keefe