PREPARATIONS FOR REOPENING SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH WITH THE CELEBRATION OF MASS
We need your help!!!
Fr. Jozef has announced that our Church will be opening its door for Mass once again beginning June 13 and 14.
We first want to highlight that our church is presently undergoing the repairs of which we spoke to you before the church was closed due to the Corona virus. The updates on the progress include Raimondo continuing to work on the front of the church due to the water intrusion; the church has been painted, the sound system is being installed and we are awaiting the installation of the new carpeting. The repairs occurring during this time warrant the holding back on using the Main church for Mass for at least a few weeks more. Thus, our first Masses of June 13/14 will be celebrated outdoors near the statue of St. Joseph. If the weather is inclement Mass will be celebrated in the Church basement, allowing ample room for necessary social distancing. Please wear a mask if you are able but we will designate an area for people who are not able to wear their masks. Please bring your own chair if you are able. If not, we will have a limited number of folding chairs near the Chapel entrance area.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!! (Please note, that if you are willing to assist with any of the ministries listed below, you will need to arrive at least one-half hour before Mass to receive instructions.) Please call the church office or email us if you can assist with any of the ministries mentioned below.
We will need the assistance of many of our parishioners to aid us in preparations, ushering, Holy Communion, seating, Reading and spreading the word about Mass.
Projection Date: Saturday Evening, 4:00 p.m. Mass (out of doors)
We will need 4 Hospitality Ministers who will be able to greet the people upon arrival as well as hold a bottle of hand sanitizer for people who are entering the church area. The Hospitality Minister will need to pump the sanitizer into each person’s hands.
We will need Six Ushers to assist with the seating of people before Mass, Four Ushers of these Users can assist with the Collection using the baskets with the long handles and then to sanitize the chairs or pews after each Mass.
Ushers will also be needed to bring Altar and outdoor preparations back indoors.
We will need a few good men or women to assist with parking so that the handicapped are able to remain in their cars in the handicapped area, and if necessary to better accommodate parking and to let Eucharistic minister know if those staying in their cars will need to have a Eucharistic minister bring Holy Communion to the parking lots and or parking areas in front of the church.
Four Bread Ministers for the Outdoor Masses and when we can have Mass indoors, we may still need to use the Church Hall along with the Church to accommodate Social Distancing, so when this time occurs, we will need six Bread Ministers.
The Precious Blood will not be dispersed until we are notified that it is safe to continue this practice.
We will need three Readers for each Mass.
We will not have an Offertory procession with the Gifts until we are notified that we are able to do this.
RETURN OF WEEK DAY MASSES AND HOLY HOUR– Weekday masses will begin again on Monday, June 15, with an 8:00 a.m. Mass on Monday, a 6:00 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, and a Holy Hour on Wednesday from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION OUTSIDE OF MASS TIMES – Sr. Linda will be available for the distribution of Holy Communion for those who still do not feel comfortable coming to Mass, on Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Please come to the sidewalk near the entrance to the chapel. If you are not comfortable coming out of your cars, Sr. Linda will come to the parking lots.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION will occur at a date to be announced and after the church repairs are completed so that each of these events can occur in a beautiful church setting