Letter from Fr. Kieran
Dear Families of St. John Vianney,
As you have heard, the parish has reopened the offices this past week for parish business and we have been conducting daily mass in the hall. One of the advantages of being a Catholic Parish is we don’t have to be on our own for everything. We will begin Sunday masses on May 30-31. The Diocese of Phoenix after much consultation with political and health leaders including the Arizona Department of Health Services have laid out the requirements for the reopening of our parish churches. This has been the basis for what each parish must follow.
Decontaminating used surfaces, such as pews, doors, bathrooms etc. The parish is using a 24 hour anti-microbial. The building is decontaminated each evening after shutting down or each morning before opening up. On weekends, the church will be wiped down Friday night or Saturday morning, after the Saturday afternoon masses, and again after the morning masses on Sunday.
I recognize that we are a community at high risk. The following procedures will be in place for weekend masses:
1) Doors are to be propped open thru mass
2) We will try and keep Weekend masses to 30 minutes to decrease the amount of time
people are together
3) We are allowing 25% of seating capacity at a mass (that means not more than 125
people. Seating will be demarcated and pews roped off
4) Ushers will direct one section of seating forward for communion maintaining proper
5) Ushers will direct one section of seating at a time for departure maintaining proper
6) Masks will be required for all entering the church building
7) All those distributing communion will be wearing masks and wash/purify their hands
before giving out communion in the hands (there is no cup offered, no communion on
8) Baskets for collection will be at each door (none will be taken during the mass)
9) The sign of peace is suspended as well as the greeting before mass
10) Commercial filters are different that residential systems. We are replacing our filters
11) Music will be limited for communal singing
12) Mass times have been changed to better accommodate people: Saturday at 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Please remember if you have flu like symptoms, cough or fever, or not feeling well, please stay home. Please follow safe distancing rules and wash/sanitize your hands regularly.
The bishop has dispensed individuals from the obligation of attending mass on Sunday for the time being. We will continue drive thru communion until mid- June.
Peace, Fr. Kieran
Schedule for August 22 & 23, 2020
Our Mass times are Saturday at 5:00 pm and on Sunday at 8:00 am & 10:00 am. Masses will be about 30 minutes long to minimize the amount of time we congregate together. Many of our parishioners are in a high-risk category so you are asked to follow these guidelines of you are planning to attend the Mass:
You must wear a mask
Please wash your hands before coming to church. There is also hand sanitizer at each of the entrances.
Sit in pews that are open (that is, not blocked off with purple tape)
You may sit together as a family but social distance between your group and the next family/person.
Follow the instructions of the Hospitality Ministers/Ushers for Communion procession and exiting the Church.
The collection basket will not be passed during the Mass. You may leave you weekly donation in the basket as you leave the Church.
If you are not feeling well, not comfortable congregating in larger groups, have an existing health issue please stay at home and watch the Mass on your TV or computer.
Drive through Communion: After viewing the Mass Communion will be offered in the parking lot of St. John Vianney from 9:00 – 9:30 am on Sunday, June 14. EM’s will be there to meet you in your car and offer Communion to you.
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Thank you to all who have sent in your weekly donations to the parish. It is helping with the parish expenses: utilities, staff and maintenance. You can bring your envelope this weekend as you come to Mass or to receive Communion; you can make your offering on line at http://sjvsedona.org/about-us/support-our-parish/ or you can mail your envelope directly to the parish at 180 St. John Vianney Ln, Sedona, AZ 86336. Thank you and God Bless.