We are pleased to announce that there have been some adjustments to the current COVID protocols.
During Holy Week, the congregation may sing the various acclamations appropriate to the services (“This is the wood of the Cross…” on Good Friday, “Light of Christ …” at the Easter Vigil). Additionally, starting immediately, Mass parts (but not the responsorial psalm) may be sung by the congregation. The congregation should, of course, continue to wear their masks during this singing. This is a first small step in a return to congregational singing; more will follow at a later date. Hooray!
We can use a simplified form of social distancing in church seating: Use only every other pew, and ask people who are not in the same household to spread out to approximately double arm’s length between themselves and the person next to them in the pew. In many cases this will add considerable capacity to the church seating. Some notes on what is above:
The most important thing is to use common sense. Please do not treat these relaxations of the protocols as more than they are. This is a step toward a restoration of what will eventually be allowed, but it is only a step.
We will continue to live-stream. This is a tremendous resource for our parish.
We need to continue to wear masks, over the mouth and the nose, to maintain appropriate social distance, and to ventilate the churches to the greatest degree possible.
Holy Week Registration Link
Space is limited. Please register using the following link:
WEEKLY MASS RESERVATION LINK – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4aa4a728a7fe3-mass
THE WAY WE ATTEND MASS – The Guidelines
FOR YOUR ATTENTION – PLEASE READ
Welcome back to Sunday and Daily Liturgy at St. Ann and St. Brendan Parishes
Saturday, at 4pm Mass at St. Brendan
Sundays at St. Brendan at 9:00
Sundays at St. Ann at 10:30
[Starting slowly, we cut the 7:30AM SA Mass and will adjust the schedule as necessary as we move forward. There is a lot of details from the State and Archdiocese that need to be fulfilled. Thanks for understanding.]
- We are happy to welcome you back to liturgy. Following the directives for social distancing, we will be able to accommodate about 85 people at St. Ann; 85 people at St. Brendan. [?—about the same because St. Ann can fill every other pew, but St. Brendan must fill in every THIRD pew and only one person on the side pews. 6’ regulation is strict.]
COMING TO CHURCH – PREPARATIONS
DO NOT COME if you are sick in any way. Fever, cold, cough, etc.
MAKING RESERVATIONS – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4aa4a728a7fe3-mass
REGISTRATION CHANGE- We are increasing the number of registrations to 85 because households sitting together actually leave extra spaces. For that reason, when you register, think in terms of household, not each person coming.
(1) a single person reserves ONE space
(2) a couple in a household reserves TWO spaces
(3) a household of three or four persons reserves TWO spaces
(4) a household of five or more persons reserves THREE spaces (the whole pew.)
PLEASE DO NOT RESERVE BY PERSONS BUT BY NUMBER IN A HOUSEHOLD. That will open more spaces as more come to church. Thanks.
Those without computers - call the office 617-436-0310 and make a reservation – You will need to give your name, email and phone (necessary for possible tracing/tracking of those at the Mass)
SPECIAL RESERVATION CALL IN – Friday, 8am-10am – Call Office above. Amy on call.
If you are in the vulnerable population, or if you know someone, please encourage them NOT to feel obligated to attend mass. (Cardinal Sean has dispensed the Sunday obligation). They should take care of themselves first. If you are in a vulnerable status, please consider remaining home for a while, watching Catholic TV, etc. We care about your health!
TIMING IS EVERYTHING. We know we are expecting a lot... but please get to church at least 10 minutes before Mass begins. We have to check you in, etc. and coming as Mass begins backs up people (distancing!) and distrupts Mass as people are finding their seats
ENTERING/ EXITING –
St. Ann: Please enter by the side handicap entrance; You will exit from the center front door.
(Those who need to use the side entrance, can also exit from the side entrance.)
St. Brendan: Please enter by the front center door; You will exit by the two side doors.
Greeters will direct you to a pew. The pews will be filled from the front to the back (to minimize cleaning). [NOTE: ONLY THE BATHROOM by the kitchen will be available.]
NOTE: Families of the same household may sit together,
Single seat: Please sit on the marked seats in each pew.
MASKS ARE MANDATORY. Please bring a mask. No Mask; No Entry. Sorry
All persons 5 or above must wear a mask for the Mass.
HAND SANITIZER. Please use upon entering Church (If you can bring your own small bottle, that would be great) but we will have some available. NO GLOVES SHOULD BE WORN IN CHURCH.
BRING THE READINGS. All printed material has been removed, including missalettes, etc.
You may want to bring the readings, on your iPad, tablet, or phone set to the readings of the day.
PLEASE NOTE FOR SAFETY
- Holy water fonts are empty
- No missalettes available
- No singing – ALSO NO SUNG RESPONSES
- No hand-holding during Our Father
- No Sign of peace will be given
- PARENTS – Please keep your children in the pew for the liturgy. No moving around.
OFFERTORY – No collection at Offertory. We ask that you drop your donation in the basket upon entering the church, not leaving! Thank you for your generous donation. We are in great need and your sacrifice is very appreciated.
COMMUNION - We will be following a procedure at communion that will be safe for all.
We will explain it before the Mass. We are distributing by right and left sections so there is a one-way flow.
All must leave pew so no passing over a person returning from communion., Please keep the 6’ distance as you come up the aisle. THERE WILL BE NO COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE. Communion will be placed in your hands. To receive the host, move to the side before taking down your mask and receiving, and then mask back on and return to seat.
EXITING. At the end of Mass, please be patient in allowing people to file out of church. You will not be able to remain in the church because the cleaning of all pews must take place.
REMINDER...NO CONGREGATING OUTSIDE. Please do not congregate outside after Mass. The optics of a bunch of people milling about - not distancing well - is not good.
***There is a great video showing how to attend mass under these conditions at the website: BostonCatholic.org. The webpage will direct you to the video.
THIS WHOLE THING IS NEW FOR ALL OF US. THANKS FOR BEING PATIENT.
Fr. Brian and Fr. Bob
St Ann/ St Brendan Collaborative