COVID-19

Our goal is to try and get everyone who wants to come to be able to attend a service at least once this month. We are instructed to have no more than 33% of seating capacity, which is 23 laity at any one time in the church building. There will be a sign-up sheet with 23 slots per service. This is 23 individual people, including children. Please email fr.patrickhenre@gmail.com for more information about signing up.

Sign up for services 24 hours in advance and only sign up for a service if you are sure you can attend; we want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to attend, and if you sign up for a service and don’t come, that is a spot that someone else might have wanted.

If you are a single person who does not care which service you attend, please let me know; this way, I can fill in services with open spots so we can try and accommodate our larger families while still making sure we fill all 23 slots. We will do sign ups 2 weeks at a time.

Only the people who have signed up for a particular service will be the only ones allowed to attend. Please, please do not show up at the church without signing up for a slot. If you do, you will be asked to leave and NO ONE wants to have to do that.

If you have difficulty signing up, please call or text Father or Presvytera and we can help you.

We will continue to livestream Saturday Great Vespers and Sunday morning services on Facebook for those who cannot attend.

  • Small children may come only if they stay with their parents and keep 6 feet away from anyone not in their household at all times.
  • If you are over 65, high risk, or have underlying health conditions, please continue to stay home for services, but you may make an appointment for communion/confession.

Everyone can make an appointment to receive communion or confession during the week – Please do NOT make an appointment for communion during the week if you are signed up for a Liturgy!

Before you come to an appointment to take communion, please read the Prayers Before Communion and/or Typica.

The “confession” part of confession may be done over the phone with an appointment to read the prayer of absolution in person, or both parts may be done in person but the priest and penitent must be at least 6 feet apart and both wearing masks.

No more than 23 people will be allowed in the church at any one time for any reason – please be patient when making appointments.

There will be no office hours where you can drop in – You MUST have an appointment to come to the church. I will be extending my office hours to make sure we can accommodate everyone, taking appointments Tuesday-Friday from 9am-11am and 1pm-4pm.

When you come for an appointment for confession or communion, please text me to let me know you are here and wait in your car. We want to avoid people congregating in the church and the hall will remain closed, so I will let you know when it is your turn to come in.

Instructions for services:

  • We strongly recommend that you wear a mask, but it is not required
  • If you would like to wear a mask but do not have one, let me know. There are several people in the parish who are willing to make them.
  • If you have it, please bring hand sanitizer from home
  • Please do not sing
  • Keep 6 feet away from anyone not in your household at all times; this means no hugging/kissing/shaking hands
  • Please do not kiss the icons: Bow to them and make the sign of the cross
  • There will be tape on the floor down the center aisle – please follow those for distance when in line to receive communion
  • For communion, please open your mouth wide so that the Eucharist can be dropped into your mouth without touching the spoon.
  • The fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms will remain closed; please use the bathrooms in the hall next to the chapel
  • There will be no service books available, but you may bring your own from home
  • There will be no other meetings/activities in person

The Metropolitan asks that we remember that we do all of these things out of love, not out of fear. As we love our neighbors it is our duty to try and protect them. Please pray for the priests and hierarchs as they make difficult decisions during this time. These directives will be changed if the number of cases rises. In that situation, the directives will return to livestreaming only. If the cases continue to decline, the Archdiocese will send further directives around the end of the month.

In Christ, Fr. Patrick