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 updated on July 3, 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. 

 

  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes before Mass is to begin.  The door will be physically open to let you know that you may enter the building. Please wait in your vehicle until the doors are open.

  • Upon entry, a parish staff member will assist you with seating.  Seating will take place from the front rows first.  Please sit near the aisle for proper social distancing.  There should be a minimum of 2 chairs or a maximum of 3 chairs between anyone not in your household. 

  • 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 will not be a collection taken at Mass. There is a secure dropbox at the entrance of the parish hall to place 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 should be maintained.

  • Masks: For the well being of everyone present and per the governor’s recent order (found HERE), beginning on July 3, “any person in Kansas shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering when they are ... inside or in line to enter any indoor public space.” As such, we ask all participants at Mass to bring their own mask and wear it at all times other than when receiving Holy Communion. Please note that there are exceptions to the requirement for wearing masks, including children under age 5, persons with medical or mental health conditions, or disability that prevents wearing a mask including conditions where wearing a mask could obstruct breathing, etc. 

  • Bring and utilize your own hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving Mass.

  • A single line should be maintained for Holy Communion and you should 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. If receiving on the hand, please leave your mask on while receiving and step six feet away from the minister before consuming. 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.

  • Following Mass, please go directly to your vehicles and do not congregate in the building to greet others.

 

Please also review the parish guidelines for resuming public Masses found below.

 

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:

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

 

You may attend Mass any single day or multiple days in the same week.

 

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

 

  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes before Mass is to begin.  The door will be physically open to let you know that you may enter the building.

  • Masks: For the well being of everyone present and per the governor’s recent order (found HERE), beginning on July 3, “any person in Kansas shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering when they are ... inside or in line to enter any indoor public space.” As such, we ask all participants at Mass to bring their own mask and wear it at all times other than when receiving Holy Communion. Please note that there are exceptions to the requirement for wearing masks, including children under age 5, persons with medical or mental health conditions, or disability that prevents wearing a mask including conditions where wearing a mask could obstruct breathing, etc. 

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

  • Bring and utilize your own hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving Mass.

  • A single line should be maintained for Holy Communion and 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. Fr. Andrew 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.

  • Following Mass, please go directly to your vehicles and do not congregate in the building to greet others.

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

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. The dispensation from Sunday Mass continues because the Church does not want to place a moral burden on those who should not attend Sunday Mass because of age or health conditions. However, Catholics are still obliged to keep the Commandments, including the Commandment to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Families who choose not to attend Mass should conduct a Liturgy of the Word in the home. Individuals and families should spend additional time in prayer, pious devotions and spiritual reading on Sunday. Younger adults who are least at risk from the virus should take advantage of the opportunity to participate at Mass and to receive Holy Communion if they are properly disposed. If those in good health are attending other large social gatherings, they should also be participating at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays. 

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.

  • Masks: For the well being of everyone present and per the governor’s recent order (found HERE), beginning on July 3, “any person in Kansas shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering when they are ... inside or in line to enter any indoor public space.” As such, we ask all participants at Mass to bring their own mask and wear it at all times other than when receiving Holy Communion. Please note that there are exceptions to the requirement for wearing masks, including children under age 5, persons with medical or mental health conditions, or disability that prevents wearing a mask including conditions where wearing a mask could obstruct breathing, etc. 

  • 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, those wishing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue may do so from the priest, deacon or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. 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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