Parish Guidelines for Resuming Public Worship in Midst of Ongoing Pandemic

As governmental agencies begin to ease certain restrictions placed on movement and public gatherings, the health crisis nonetheless continues to be very serious. While resuming some semblance of social, religious, and economic normalcy involves some risks, the Church desires to prudently manage those risks so as to create an environment that will minimize the adverse impact of the virus on society. In a spirit of charity and with a concern for the common good, Catholics should not take unnecessary risks with their health or engage in behaviors that place the health of others at unnecessary risk. Catholics should continue to observe social distancing recommendations of six-feet between persons living in separate households, practice frequent hand washing, sanitize frequently-touched surfaces often, and wear a face mask when out in public.

 

Guidelines for Public Worship from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas from May 5, 2020

 

Weekend Masses for Saint John Paul II Parish in May 2020 will be limited to adults and their families who are receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, and will be by invitation only. Please be patient as accommodations are made to resume public Masses. As a parish without our own facilities, we have unique challenges that may affect our ability to offer public Masses.

 

Registered parishioners of Saint John Paul II Parish will be emailed weekly instructions on how to attend weekend Masses, weekday Masses, and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mass attendance will be limited for the time being. To update your contact information or register as a parishioner, please contact office@jp2kc.org 

 

On this page, you will find continually updated information on the plans for St. John Paul II Parish on how we will begin resuming public worship.

Weekday Masses, Tuesday through Friday, have begun. To attend weekday Mass, please read the parish guidelines and complete the interest form HERE. Those attending Mass will be selected and notified of details. Please note there will not be daily Masses on Tuesday, June 2 - Friday, June 5.

 

The sign up for Sunday Mass on June 7th is now open. If you are interested in attending, please read the parish guidelines and complete the interest form HERE. Those attending Mass will be selected and notified of details.

 

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Dispensation from the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass:

 

So that Catholics do not feel compelled to attend Mass during the ongoing pandemic, the dispensation given by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann from the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass will remain in effect until it is safe to revoke it.

Those who have symptoms:

Out of charity and concern for the welfare of others, anyone with any kind of acute symptoms, fever, or recent exposure to an infected person should not attend religious services.

Considerations for Public Worship:

  • In order to limit density at public Mass, Archbishop Naumann is encouraging parishioners to attend Mass at the parish in which they are registered or which they normally attend.

  • Before, during, and after Mass, the public should adhere to the six foot social distancing guidelines (unless they live in the same house) and wear a mask.

  • Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before Mass begins. Please enter the worship space as a whole household together. Check-in with a parish representative when you arrive.

  • Admittance will be denied once Mass begins.

  • At our place of worship, seating will be arranged to follow the six foot rule.

  • To allow the proper distancing required, church attendance will be limited to 25% of the maximum seating capacity of the worship space.

  • Sunday Masses will be limited to 45 minutes to limit exposure time between persons.

Those who attend liturgies should observe the following:

 

  • Observe the six foot minimum social distancing requirements described above.

  • Purify hands with sanitizer before entering the church and exiting. Please bring your own hand sanitizer.

  • Wear a mask, covering the mouth and nose, prior to entering the building until after leaving the building. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Please see CDC recommendations on face coverings HERE

  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, or other close contacts with individuals who are not members of one’s household.

  • We are very supportive of families with young children and the unique responsibilities of parents. Families are responsible for ensuring children maintain appropriate social distancing.

  • Singing by the assembly will be suspended to limit droplet dispersion.

  • Physical worship aids and parish bulletins will be temporarily suspended. The digital version of the worship aid can be obtained at www.jp2kc.org.

  • The placement of holy water fonts at entrances will continue to be suspended.

  • The passing of the offertory basket will continue to be suspended. There will be a dropbox on location to make an offering, or you may continue to utilize online donation options or mail donations to the parish office directly. You can make an online donation HERE

  • The number of Mass servers and other liturgical ministers will be kept to the minimum required to effectively celebrate the Liturgy. Some liturgical ministries may be temporarily suspended.

Reception of Holy Communion:

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  • Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas should follow proper practices pertaining to hand sanitation, social distancing during Holy Mass, and should maintain a social distance of six feet as a safe way to approach Holy Communion.

  • There will be one line for Holy Communion where a distance of six feet should be maintained as the line progresses. Please observe the markings on the floor of the aisle for distancing.

  • For those opting to receive Holy Communion, approach the minister only one row at a time, always observing the minimum distance of six feet between individuals who are not members of the same household and observing the mask usage practices described in the tutorials.

  • Distribution of the Sacred Host will be carefully placed into the cupped hand of the communicant, avoiding skin to skin contact between minister and communicant.

  • Given the varying opinions within the medical and scientific community regarding the transmission of the virus, the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue at this time is not encouraged. However, for those wishing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, there will be a designated deacon or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion assigned exclusively for this option at a particular station. They will sanitize their hands between communicants.

  • The reception of Holy Communion from the chalice (except for the priest) is currently prohibited.

  • For those not able or wishing to receive Holy Communion, a prayer to make an act of Spiritual Communion can be found HERE

 

Sanitizing the Space:

 

  • Seating and commonly touched surfaces will be sanitized between liturgies.

  • The sacred vessels will be properly sanitized after each liturgy.

  • Provisions will be made to sanitize the door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces between liturgies.

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