May 20, 2020
I write this letter to welcome you back to the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass here at St. Jerome’s. Our first public Mass will be on Friday May 29th at 9:00 am. There are a number of precautions that we will observe as we make our way back into church. First, Bishop Bradley has asked that everyone wear a face mask when entering the building. We will be sitting in every other pew to distance ourselves to the best of our ability. People are asked to sit six feet away from each other, of course this does not apply to families occupying the same household.
For now church attendance for each Mass is being limited to 25% of our capacity. It will be on a first come first seated procedure. Approximately 50 people will be allowed into the nave (where the pews are), all others will be directed to overflow seating in the parish hall where they will be able to listen to Mass and receive the Eucharist. To offset this limited seating beginning on May 30th every weekend we will be celebrating a Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:00pm.
Please be assured that after every Mass we will be cleansing and disinfecting surfaces used by parishioners. If you are unsure about coming back to Mass (fearful), or are in poor health, or susceptible in any way Bishop Bradley has extended the dispensation to Sunday obligation until September. You don’t have to come to Sunday Mass if you are not ready at this time. If you choose to stay home but would like to receive Holy Communion please call Chris at our office and she can make arrangements for a home visit. Please know of my continued prayers for you all.
Peace and all good,
Rev. Christopher J. Ankley