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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 and face mask recommendations and practice frequent hand washing.

 

Guidelines for Public Worship from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas updated on October 1, 2020

 

 

SUNDAY MASS INFORMATION:

 

Sunday Mass will be held at 8:00am and 10:00am at Divine Mercy Parish Hall located at 555 W Main St, Gardner, KS 66030 (the sign at the street says “Sacred Heart Church”). 

Divine Mercy Parish has Mass in the church building on Sunday mornings, so please enter the hall only where indicated.

 

Please park at the back of the building.  Signs will direct you to the correct building entrance. 

 

To attend a Sunday Mass, you will need to observe the following considerations to keep yourself and others as safe as possible. 

  • Please fill from the front rows first. 

  • A worship aid for Mass can be found in the Parish Bulletin. Please take the bulletin with you after Mass. Bulletins will not be re-used for multiple Masses.

  • There is a secure drop box at the entrance of the parish hall to place offertory donations. Online donations are also encouraged.

  • Proper social distancing of at least six feet between yourself and anyone not in your household is a personal responsibility and recommended.

  • Masks: It is recommended that all participants at Mass bring their own mask and wear it at all times other than when receiving Holy Communion. 

  • Bring and utilize your own hand sanitizer.

  • A single line should be maintained for Holy Communion and it is recommended you maintain a social distance of at least six feet between those not in the same household.

  • Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand or on the tongue. The minister will use hand sanitizer after each communicant that receives on the tongue.

  • Children need to be supervised at all times - adults should accompany their child to the restroom.  Please refrain from going to other areas of the building.

  • Refrain from using the drinking fountain.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at (913) 747-9636, office@jp2kc.org, or reply to this email.

WEEKDAY MASS INFORMATION:

Weekday Mass will be held Tuesday-Thursday at 7:00 AM at Pathway Community Church located at 15885 S. Blackbob Road, Olathe.

 

To attend a weekday Mass, you will need to observe the following considerations to keep yourself and others as safe as possible. 

  • Masks: It is recommended that all participants at Mass bring their own mask and wear it at all times other than when receiving Holy Communion. 

  • Proper social distancing of at least six feet between yourself and anyone not in your household is a personal responsibility and recommended.

  • Bring and utilize your own hand sanitizer.

  • A single line should be maintained for Holy Communion and it is recommended that you maintain a social distance of at least six feet between those not in the same household.

  • Holy Communion will be distributed in the hand or on the tongue. The priest will use hand sanitizer between each communicant that receives on the tongue.

  • Children should be attended to at all times - adults should accompany their child to the restroom or other areas of the building.

  • Refrain from using the drinking fountain.

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at (913) 747-9636 or at office@jp2kc.org 

Pastor's Letter Regarding the Lifting of the Dispensation:

 

Archbishop Naumann has chosen the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the weekend of June 5 -6, 2021, as the occasion on which the dispensation from the obligation by the faithful to attend Mass shall be lifted. Beginning with Masses for that weekend, all the Catholic faithful residing within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas must return to observing the precept of the Church to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Of course, those who suffer from underlying health concerns or compromised immunity, or who have genuinely serious concerns about the risk of contracting the coronavirus at Mass are not bound by the obligation to attend Mass. 

 

The Health Order of the Johnson County Local Health Officer issued March 25, 2021 exempts churches from social distancing requirements. Beginning with the Masses on June 5-6, we will continue to provide socially distanced seating for one half of our congregation, while the other half will provide more chairs and closer seating. This will allow families to make choices for themselves regarding their health and comfort. 

 

The Health Order also exempts churches from the requirement for wearing face masks. However, I would like to encourage all of our parishioners to continue to wear face masks as a gesture of good will and solidarity with those who are only able to attend Mass due to the prevalence of masks at Mass. 

 

This return to the precept of obligation is an exceptional opportunity for us all to reflect on the necessity of the Eucharist in our lives. Catholics, of course, should always hunger for the Eucharist and long to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion, but especially now as local immunity increases and as we begin to depart from restrictions observed during the pandemic. As the Church solemnly teaches, the Eucharist is the summit of the Church’s mission, and is the font from which all her power to serve God is derived. Archbishop Naumann will be writing about our true need for Holy Mass in his column in The Leaven, inviting the faithful to communal celebration of the Eucharist in our parishes.

 

Additionally, and as has always been the case, whether one is obligated to attend Mass or not, we are nonetheless obliged to observe the Third Commandment of our Lord to keep holy the Sabbath. The faithful who are unable to attend Mass should celebrate a liturgy of the Word in their home, using the Sunday readings; like all the faithful, they should refrain from unnecessary work and avoid unnecessary shopping, and should spend time in leisure, rest, and prayer with their families and loved ones. 

 

Rev. John A. Riley 

Chancellor

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 liturgies.