Parish Reopening Next Steps

Effective May 22/23, 2021

We anticipate and welcome more of our fellow parishioners returning to the celebration of our Sunday Masses in the coming weeks.  To prepare, we will be making some changes to our church sanctuary capacity while also doing what we can to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all.

 

Things that will remain the same:

  • If you have any symptoms of COVID, PLEASE stay home
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet and wear masks when distance cannot be maintained
  • Pews and surfaces will be cleaned regularly
  • Please continue to help wipe down your pews after Mass
  • Acolytes and Altar Servers will continue to serve at Masses
  • No collection baskets handed around or children’s collection at this time
  • Priests and acolytes continue to disinfect hands prior to and wear masks during distribution of Communion
  • Livestreaming of the Sunday 7:30 AM Mass
  • Confessions, for now, will still be heard in the Brides Room and Conference Room

Things that will change:

  • Sunday Mass obligation is restored*

  • Both center sections of pews will be available for seating. The side sections of pews will continue to have sashes on every other pew.
  • Ushers, Greeters, Readers/Lectors, and Offertory will return, and will wear masks
  • Hymnals will be back in the pews
  • Holy water will be in the fonts
  • Cry room will be available
  • Communion Distribution:
    • Middle sections will come up for communion and side sections will stay in pews to receive.
    • Those wishing to receive on tongue, go to a priest and follow usher at the end of the line
    • All are asked to continue to wear masks when in line for Holy Communion
    • Ushers will help spread out the rows coming up for Communion

 

*Please refer to the Diocese website for dispensation guidelines from the Sunday Mass obligation at www.lincolndiocese.org/bishops/bishop-james-conley/statements/15020-statement-03-31-21-mass-obligation

You are welcome to call our parish office at 402-489-1946 with any questions or for clarification.

As we depart Mass, we hear the words “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!”  Those words still hold for all of us.  Thank you for being with us in these times we are in and thank you for your patience, understanding, and prayers.