Note from Fr. Maria and Fr Bill, June 25, 2020
Hope you are all staying safe and well. As you are aware, last week government regulations in regards to COVID 19 have changed to allow for more that 50 people to gather for a religious service as long as the 6-feet social distancing can be maintained and other safety protocols are followed.
This will mainly affect St. Dunstan’s Site which can accommodate more than 50 people safely. At Sts John and Paul Site and St. Columba Site we will set up a speaker in the Church Hall to accommodate those who arrive once the Church is filled to ‘safe’ capacity. At St. Dunstan’s Site we will probably be able to accommodate those who decide to attend.
Of course, it is important to remind us all that we continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass so that safety remains a priority in discerning whether to attend or remain home. The decision to not attend Mass is deeply respected for the sake of keeping yourself and others safe. For those who discern to attend Mass, we will be moving to our regular weekend Mass schedule as follows:
Saturday @ 5pm -St. Dunstan’s Site
Sunday @ 9 am at St. Columba
Sunday @ 9 am @ St. Dunstan’s Site
Sunday @ 11 am @ Sts John and Paul Site
Sunday @ 11:30 am @ St. Dunstan’s Site
However, we do need to follow all of the safety procedures as follows:
We need to have the name and phone number of every person who attends as ‘follow up ‘information should an incident happen.
-We will no longer be placed in Groupings of 50 people identified by a color. You are free to choose the Mass you desire to attend.
-We will keep the lists we have for St. Columba and Sts John and Paul Site and your name will be checked as you enter the church and are screened. If you are not on the list, just come to Mass and your name and phone number will be added.
-For St. Dunstan’s Site, you will be asked to fill out an information sheet with your name (and each family member’s name who is attending with you) and a contact phone number. You will be asked to place it in a box when you arrive. It will be helpful if you fill this information out before you come to Mass and bring it with you. The sheet is attached.
You will be asked the following screening questions.
• Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever/feverish, cough, sore throat, head ache, runny nose, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, new onset of fatigue, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell; in children, purple marking on the fingers and toes?
• Have you had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of Covid-19?
• Have you been diagnosed with Covid-19?
• Have you returned from travel outside of New Brunswick within the last 14 days for any reason other than work purposes in another province?
• Have you had close contact with anyone from outside of the Province in the past 14 days?
• Have you been told by a public health official that you may have been exposed to Covid-19
You will need to wear a mask throughout the Mass unless for health reasons you can not wear a mask or you are under 2 years of age.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands on entering and exiting the church.
You will be seated in orderly fashion from front to back.
Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the Mass as you leave. Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand only.
Thank you for all of those who have taken on special ‘attendant’ roles to assist us in gathering safely according to these protocols in compliance with government regulations.
Be safe and well!!
Fr. Maria and Fr. Bill