PRESS RELEASE- We will re-open for public Masses on June 13, 2020.
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Saint Columban re-opens for public Mass June 13, 2020

 

We are slowing opening our church for public Masses on June 13, 2020.  We will open in phases under new guidelines;  We will communicate with you more as we get closer to our re-opening and we will continue to live stream our Friday 8:30 am Mass ans Sunday 9:30 am Mass.

The Diocese announced that phase one brings smaller groups of healthy Catho-lics back to a limited Mass with strict social distancing guidelines and rules. Phase two would allow larger groups while phase three would allow choirs to return to church and social gatherings to resume. At this point, it is unknown when we might be able to enter phases two and three. Phasing our return allows for the ability to re-evaluate the process as necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of the community going forward.

All phases of this plan require following strict guidelines for social distancing and sanitization.

• Those over age 65 and/or with a co-morbidity will be encouraged to con-sider not returning to Mass just yet, and anyone showing any symptoms of sickness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing symptoms of sickness should not come to church.

The church will be thoroughly sanitized/cleaned before and after each service, including all entryways and doors. Holy water fonts will be empty, and hymnals removed. • Hand sanitizer will be available at all churches.

• All local safety orders specifically relating to proper face coverings will be followed.

• People will be instructed to not engage in any physical touch, such as by greeting each other.

• Signs and other instructions will encourage normal safe practices neces-sary to avoid the spread (e.g. cough or sneeze into a shirtsleeve, hand-kerchief, or tissue; avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth).

• Ventilation will be increased as much as possible by opening windows and doors, as weather permits.

• The sign of peace and distribution of the Precious Blood is suspended.

Please continue to visit our website for more information as we move forward to re-opening.

Stay safe and God Bless.