Restoration of Masses with a Congregation

Guidelines for Those Attending Mass

Due to on-going pandemic, we will observe the following protocols set forth by the State of New Jersey and the Diocese of Metuchen until further notice.

Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we proceed through the phases and begin to return to worship together.

General

  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days will remain in effect until further notice but all the faithful are to keep the Lord’s Day holy by some means.
  • Beginning June 14, 2020, Sunday Masses will be celebrated on Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 pm.
  • Saturday evening Masses are discontinued for now.

Safety

  • Out of deep respect for human life and concern for the common good, those in vulnerable groups should stay home and those who are sick or symptomatic must stay home.
  • Masks are required for entry and must be worn at all times except when receiving Communion.
  • Wash your hands prior to arrival and apply hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Each Sunday Mass will be limited to 25% capacity and the 6-foot social distancing protocol will apply. Please understand that once we reach the maximum number of people, you may stand on the plaza where outdoor speakers will project the audio of the Mass.  Some chairs may be provided.  Live stream of the Holy Mass is available on the Cathedral website at www.stfranciscathedral.org

Entering the Cathedral

  • Three doors will be open for entry:  Breezeway entrance, Main Street entrance and Elm Avenue entrance closest to Main.  All other doors will be locked and used for exiting.
  • The doors of the Cathedral will open 5-10 minutes prior to each Sunday Mass and will be closed between Masses for sanitization of the Cathedral. At this time, it is necessary for the Faithful to exit the Cathedral when Mass has ended. Please be cognizant of social distancing requirements while waiting to enter the Cathedral.
  • Once you enter the Cathedral, please find a seat in a pew that is not cordoned off.  Social distancing of 6 feet is required, though members of the same household would sit together.

Holy Communion

  • Each pew will be directed by ushers to enter the Communion line.  Please keep 6 feet apart while on the Communion line utilizing the markings on the floor. Please do not get up to receive Communion until you are directed to do so.
  • Communion will be distributed at the End of Mass so that parishioners can exit the Cathedral immediately after receiving. The Main aisles will be used with two Communion stations.
  • We encourage all to receive Communion in the hand. The Precious Blood will not be offered.
  • After receiving Communion, exit at the nearest door.  Please do not go back to your pew after receiving Communion.
  • The Cathedral will be closed immediately for sanitization.

Music at Mass

  • Sacred music is important to the liturgy, but at this time Congregational singing will be limited to short, well-known refrains and responses as hymnals have been removed.

Weekday Masses

  • Weekday Mass will be celebrated from Monday to Saturday morning beginning June 13th.  We will resume our regular daily Mass schedule:  Saturday, 8:00 am / Monday-Friday, 7:00 am, 8:00 am, 12:10 pm at 25% of seating capacity. 

Other

  • Collection baskets will be placed at the three entrances for you to drop envelopes.
  • Votive candles will not be available before or after Sunday Mass
  • Parish social gatherings and group devotional observances are suspended until further notice.
  • Absolutely NO public gatherings or greetings before or after Masses, at church entrance/exits or on parish property are permitted.
  • Please follow the direction of the Cathedral Staff and Ushers.  We truly need your cooperation to do this safely.

All of the information listed above is subject to change.  We will monitor and adjust as necessary.  Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


EACH INDIVIDUAL IS RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE HEALTH DECISIONS THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THEMSELVES.  WHILE THE PARISH IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO MINIMIZE THE TRANSMISSION OF DISEASE, ALL RISK CANNOT BE ELIMINATED.

 
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