Fr. Ken & Fr. Nick's Resuming Masses Video Script
Scene 1: Front porch, with welcome sign in background
[KO] Welcome back to St. Charles Catholic Church.
We’ve missed you and we’re excited to see you again.
During this pandemic, we’ve had to adjust to new ways of doing things: in school, work, and family life. It’s been a trying time for many, but we’re getting through this together.
As we reopen our church, we’re also going to have to adjust to a new way of coming together for Mass. It may be hard but, by God’s grace, we’ll get through it together.
We will begin our first phase of reopening the weekend of May 30th and 31st. As we resume public Masses that weekend, we encourage anyone who is at risk, ill or is feeling ill to continue to participate in Mass via our livestream. The Archbishop has extended the dispensation from attending Mass through July 5th.
[NB] Our staff and volunteers, under the direction of the Archdiocese, have given careful thought to put measures and precautions in place to ensure the safety of all coming back for Mass. During the first phase of our reopening, seating for Mass will be at 25% of our normal capacity. Normally, the church seats 750 people. Now, it will seat about 180.
To help make this work, please let us know which Mass you and each family member will attend using our online ticketing system, which will be available on the homepage of our website. There will be 280 tickets available for each Mass and we will only be able to guarantee entrance to those who have tickets. During this stage of reopening, no childcare will be offered during Masses.
We know this may be hard for you, just as it is for us. But we think it’s the best way to welcome back as many of our parishioners as possible in a safe and orderly way. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility in helping make this work.
Scene 2: Front porch, with front doors in background
[KO] When you come for Mass, please bring your own hand sanitizer and face coverings. We require those 6 and older to wear a face covering. This is not only for your safety, but the safety of those around you. Please have your face covering on as you enter the building.
30 minutes before Mass, the doors of the church will open. Please do not be late for Mass. We will not be seating anyone in the body of the church after Mass begins. When you arrive at the front doors of the church, a hospitality minister will be there to greet you, check your ticket, and give you directions. Special directions will be given for handicapped persons.
Markings on the sidewalks and hallways will indicate where to stand to maintain safe social distance as you enter the doors of the church and proceed to the narthex to be seated.
Paper worship aids will not be distributed. An electronic version will be available on the homepage of our website.
Scene 3: Narthex
[NB] When you arrive at the narthex, ushers will direct you where to be seated, whether in the church, Borromeo Room, or church hall. Again, markings on the floor will help you maintain safe social distance. In the church, every other pew will be filled, leaving one pew in between for safe social distancing. Please be patient and flexible in following the usher’s directions, as you will likely not be able to sit in your usual pew. Restrooms will be open but will be monitored so that only one individual or parent and child will be allowed in at a time. Parents are requested to use the hallway only to help calm young children.
Scene 4: At the foot of the sanctuary, side aisle, with altar in background
[KO] The ushers will also release your pew when it comes time for Holy Communion. Members of the same family may line up together, but please use the floor markings to maintain safe social distance between you and the individual or group ahead of you.
In phase one, Holy Communion will only be offered under the species of the consecrated host in the hands. A special accommodation will be made for those with celiac disease. When you come forward to receive Holy Communion, place out your hands, receive the Precious Body from the priest or other minister, step to the side, lower your mask, and reverently consume the Precious Body.
Scene 5: Near back doors of church, side aisle
[NB] At the end of Mass, the ushers will release individual pews beginning from the back. Please do not leave Mass until you are dismissed. After being dismissed, please return directly to your vehicles. Avoid social gatherings in the narthex, hallways, or front porch. We know that many of you are longing to reconnect with your fellow parishioners and we want to talk to all of you too; however, we kindly ask that everyone exits in a safe, orderly, and timely manner for the well-being of all and to ensure adequate time to clean and sanitize the church for the next mass. The bulletin will be available on the homepage of our website. Paper copies will not be distributed.
Scene 6: Front porch, with welcome sign in background
[KO] This will be our new way of coming together for Mass beginning on May 30th and 31st. It’ll be a lot to adjust to and to make it work, we need all of you, our entire community, to help. When we come to Mass, we never come just for ourselves. We also come for each other. Your cooperation with these new procedures will make it possible not only for you and your family to attend Mass, but your fellow parishioners as well.
Last, but certainly not least, please pray for us: Pray for our entire community: Pray that this reopening goes well. And know of our prayers for you. We love you, we miss you, and we can’t wait to see you soon. God Bless.