May 27 Re-Open Letter to Parish

May 27, 2020

Dear Mary Queen of Peace Parishioners,

We are excited to welcome you all back to the communal celebration of Mass! It’s important to us that you feel both welcome and safe as you celebrate with us at Mary Queen of  Peace. While we look forward to resuming our normal habits and routines; however, know that Mass will look different when you return.

Week day Mass will resume on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. All daily Masses will be held at St. Martin Church to allow for maximum social distancing.

Weekend Mass will resume the weekend of June 6 & 7. Mass will be held at 5:00pm on Saturdays, and 9:00am on Sundays. Both Masses will take place at St. Martin Church (with the ability to overflow to the Parish Life Center and Church basement), and the 5:00pm Saturday Mass will continue to be live streamed.

Confessions will continue to be offered on Tuesdays at 6:00pm at St. Martin and Saturdays at 4:00pm at St. Walburga Church.

Archdiocese General Principles:
1. The spiritual and physical health of our parishioners and those they encounter, especially the most vulnerable, is of the utmost importance. We continue to rely on medical professionals and government standards to inform our directives.
2. All COVID-19 positive persons, those who are symptomatic, and those caring for them must stay home. Persons over age 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions are encouraged to stay home as well.
3. The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be suspended.
4. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church and School will continue to livestream liturgies for the benefit of the homebound and those otherwise vulnerable and unable to attend in person.

Under direction of the Archdiocese, the following changes to Mass will occur:
1. Physical Distancing
a. For the time being, all daily and weekend Masses will be held at St. Martin Church to allow for maximum capacity while social distancing.
b. The church will only be filled to 25% capacity. Pews will be marked showing parishioners where to sit/not sit. Members of the same household may continue to share a pew.
c. To allow for any overflow, Mass will be livestreamed on the screens in the Parish Life Center, and if necessary, the St. Martin Church basement.
d. MQP Ushers will be providing guidance regarding open pews and seating capacity (similar to what is done at a wedding). Pews with ribbons will be non-seating pews.
i. Collection baskets will be placed at the entrances. A formal collection will NOT take place during Mass.
e. The Main Door to Church on Church Avenue, Door 1 and Door 4 will be the entrances/exits for attending Mass. The side door on East side of St. Martin Church (#6 will be “Exit Only” so Ushers can effectively seat parishioners from the back of the Church (Church Avenue entrance).
f. Face masks are encouraged for all. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be required to wear masks while distributing Holy Communion.
g. Congregational singing will be temporarily discontinued.
2. Disinfecting and Sanitizing
a. All worship spaces will be thoroughly disinfected after each liturgy. Holy water fonts are empty and all missalettes and song books have been removed from pews.
b. The restrooms will be disinfected after each liturgy and regularly throughout the week.
c. Hand sanitizing stations will be located at the entrance of St. Martin Church.
d. You are encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer to Mass and to apply it as needed.
3. Holy Communion Distribution after Mass
. a. After the final blessing, Holy Communion will be distributed in the back of the Church. Ushers will dismiss, row by row, from the back of church.
i. If there is overflow in the Parish Life Center or St. Martin Social Hall, a similar process will be in place.
b. If you bring your own hand sanitizer, you are encouraged to apply hand sanitizer prior to receiving Holy Communion.
c. Holy Communion must be received in the hand.
d. We requested you Curve your hands to create a cradle for the host to minimize contact at distribution.
e. Gloves may not be worn to receive Holy Communion, nor may it be received in any unapproved vessel such as a plastic bag, cup, plate, tissue, or other disposable item.
f. After receiving, you may then either depart to your vehicle, or return to the pew for prayer.

God bless,
Father Michael Kaluza