Reopening our Church!
REOPENING OUR CHURCHES.
WHEN: JUNE 29TH
TO WHOM? Those who are not immune compromised or cocooning at present. Children can come but it is vital that they sit with parents at all times.
HOW MANY CAN THE CHURCH HOLD SAFELY?
Kincasslagh can hold about 80. Acres can hold about 40. If a family come, they can sit together. If two couples come, they can sit at each end of a pew, increasing the numbers.
CAN WE RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION? Yes, in the hand.
IS THERE A SUNDAY OBLIGATION? No. We would ask you to at present only go to Mass once a week, and choose a day that suits you. When the chapel is full/reached the numbers allowed by government, the doors will be closed.
WILL THERE BE A COLLECTION? Yes, but we will ask you to drop your contribution in a box upon entry.
WILL THERE BE A CHOIR? Not at present, but we can have one musician and one singer.
WILL THERE BE CLERKS? Not just yet.
CAN WE RESERVE A PLACE IN THE CHURCH FOR AN ANNIVERSARY MASS OR MONTHS MIND? Yes, if you contact me with what you will need I can reserve seats.
IS THERE A CHANCE I WILL ARRIVE AND NOT GET IN? Yes, unfortunately, until we begin to open and figure out how to do this safely.
CAN WE HAVE BAPTISMS? Yes, providing there is physical distancing.
CAN WE HAVE WEDDINGS? Yes, providing there is physical distancing.
CAN I HAVE CONFESSIONS? Yes, after Masses ensuring physical distancing.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO OPEN SAFELY? Support from the community by way of sanitising and stewarding, i.e., closing the doors and ensuring entry and exit is done with physical distancing in mind.
We would ask that you ring the priest or use on-line services to book Masses, rituals, rather than meet him in the sacristy.
In the interim I intend to put on an extra weekend Mass for a while, so that each Church will have a Saturday evening Mass and a Sunday Morning Mass. Acres will have Saturday evening Mass at 5.30 p.m. and Kincasslagh at 6.30 p.m.
I remind parishioners that you can go to any Mass during the week.
Friends, this is trial and error. Some are using a system of booking a place at a weekend Mass. Others are not. I want to see what the needs are first, and if the extra Weekend Mass will suffice for now.
We will not get things right all the time. We have to find the new normal. Any and all considered advice or thoughts are welcome.