COVID-19 Updates and Parish Resources
Updated March 26, 2021
Adoration - Perpetual Adoration continues at St. Joseph. The Blessed Sacrament is Exposed daily as follows:
ADORATION DURING SCHOOL HOURS
**Masks must be worn at all times**
IN THE ADORATION CHAPEL
MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (except when Mass is celebrated)
LIMIT: 2 Households Maximum: 4 Adorers
IN THE CHURCH
ALL WEEKEND HOURS and MONDAY-FRIDAY 5:00 p.m – 8:00 a.m. (except when Mass is celebrated)
LIMIT: No Limit, Maintain social distancing.
At night, please use the entrance from the back parking lot and use the code to get in. While you attend adoration, you MUST wear a mask and distance yourself from other adorers.
Mass Times and Reconciliation - As we return to a more normal schedule for Mass and Reconciliation with a 'limited attendance' currently 66% capacity, please check the Weekend, Weekday and Reconciliation Schedule.
Updated Covid protocols at Mass.
Bishop Taylor's March 25, 2021 letter begins, "Thanks to the cooperation of our people with the protocols we have had in place to mitigate the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing number of people who have been vaccinated, we are now in a position to make a few modifications in the protocols to be observed effective April 1, 2021. We expect to be able to return to pre-pandemic conditions once everyone who wants to get a vaccination is able to get one."
You can see the full letter here.
Practically speaking, this means that starting April 1, we will not have to skip every other pew but will instead be able to use all pews. We still ask everyone to maintain 6 feet of distance between one family and another within your pew. In the back section (the area that is the school cafeteria during the week), we will continue to keep the benches six feet apart for anyone who wants the extra space. You can also expect to see the offertory procession (presentation of the gifts) and regular passing of the collection basket to return on April 1. Masks will continue to be mandatory at least until May 12.
Guidelines for Mass until further notice:
Parishes can accept 66% capacity at each Mass.
Everyone must wear a mask at all times. (recommended for children under 10 years old)
Households must maintain 6-foot Lateral separation. Your family should sit together. A 6-foot distance must separate your family from the next person/family in your pew.
Hymnals/Missalettes are available again. You can use your mobile device for Readings
Collection will be taken again by passing the baskets.
Holy Communion must be received on the hand. The Precious Blood is not offered. Mass attendees may come up after Mass and receive the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue from a priest or deacon.
Please exit in an orderly fashion, maintaining distance.
Our parish has a subscription to FORMED, an online Catholic resource that allows you to get thousands of movies, programs, audio, and books instantly. Find it at sjfay.formed.org.
Faith Talks with Father Tyler: Subscribe to Father Tyler's YouTube channel for spiritual talks on how to approach this time. Click here to check it out.
The Diocese of Little Rock has put together a page of Catholic Resources during the coronavirus. The resource is full of prayers and helpful links for all Catholics. Please click here to view the resources.
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