The Roman Catholic Parish of
St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
Staten Island, New York 10306
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|Last Updated: April 1, 2020 9:17pm
BEFORE MASS – PLEASE COME EARLY!
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice, so if you feel sick
or are uncomfortable to come right now, you are invited to join when you feel comfortable
to do so.
As you enter the church you should be wearing a mask. You will not be allowed to enter without
a mask. We have a limited supply of masks for those who forget to bring their own. Masks must
remain on the face throughout the Mass, except for reception of Holy Communion (see below).
Please sanitize your hands before entering your pew. There will be sanitizer stations near the entrance.
Please allow 6 feet distance between you and others. Families and households may enter together and sit together.
We will attempt to get as many people in the church, but when our capacity is reached, you may be asked to attend
another Mass. The way our churches are built we cannot hold 25% capacity AND social distance people 6 feet.
Please follow the instructions of the ushers as to where to sit. Those who live in the same household may sit together.
Certain pews will be marked off with tape to indicate they are unavailable. Please sit where there is tape in front of you.
In other words when you sit down you should be able to see the tape in front of you. The tape pieces are spaced out to
allow for the social distancing.
There will be no hymnals or songbooks in the pews. You may wish to bring your own but it must remain with you and
must leave with you. Any material left in the pews will be discarded. I know this is a challenge and so it will call for focus
and concentration on what is happening during the Mass.
DURING MASS – BE ATTENTIVE TO THE HOLY MASS!
Holy Mass may look different than what we are used to, but this can be an opportunity to focus on why we are there and
what we are doing.
There will be no entrance procession, no altar servers, no extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion or lectors walking in
with the priest. At first, at least, we will have no altar servers at all, and no extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
There will be signing, although I know that without the books you may not be able to join in. Just a reminder that masks
must be worn throughout Mass.
The collection will be taken by the ushers as usual.
For distribution of Holy Communion:
+ People will enter into the center aisle and as you line up for Holy Communion please stay 6 feet apart
(floor will be marked).
+ As you approach, lower your mask, the priest will say, “The Body of Christ” to which you respond, “Amen.”
Then receive Jesus in Holy Communion. If in the mouth, open mouth wide and receive the Host, and then put
up your mask. If on the hand, receive the Host on your hand, place Host in your mouth, and then put mask back on.
Do not walk away with Host in your hand and your mask up (then you will need to use hands for both Host and mask!).
+ If the priest touches someone’s hand or mouth he will immediately sanitize his hands. After Holy Communion is over,
the priest will also sanitize his hands.
AFTER MASS – GIVE THANKS!
After the final blessing, the closing song will be sung and the priest will leave through the sacristy and will not be going to the back
to greet people.
You will then be directed to leave the church by the ushers. There will be a slower exit than normal – a time to pray a prayer of
thanksgiving before you leave!
RETURNING TO CHURCH GUIDELINES
effective Monday, June 20, 2020