Public Return to Mass

Public Masses may resume beginning on May 28th, 2020. Guidelines and FAQs for returning to public Mass may be found at diokzoo.org/public-return-to-mass.

Attendance:

Bishop Bradley has extended the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass until September 6. This means that the faithful in the Diocese of Kalamazoo are not currently required to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation. Further, per the CDC’s recommendation, those 65 years or older, with a compromised health condition, or caring for the sick in any way, we encourage you to remain home. If you are ill, have a temperature or cough, please remain home at this time as an act of charity to the whole community.

All the faithful are asked to wear masks, for your safety and the safety and consideration of others. We encourage you to bring your own. If you do not have one, we will have a small number available. We are also accepting donations of premade masks for distribution, and we can provide a few. Children under the age of 2 do not need to wear a mask. We encourage the faithful coming for Masses and prayer to bring their supply of hand sanitizer. We will have a small supply, but because of increased demand, it is challenging to acquire adequate quantities.

Mass schedule:

Saturday/English 4:00 (St. Joseph, White Pigeon), Saturday/English 6:00 (Holy Angels), Sunday/English 9:00 am (Holy Angels), Sunday/Spanish 1:00 (Holy Angels).

Weekday: 8:30 am English; Tuesday 6:00 Spanish; Thursday 5:30 English; Saturday 7 am Spanish.

Because of social distancing requirements, we will only be able to permit 25% of our ordinary capacity in a space at one time.

To coordinate capacity, we have arranged sign-up methods:

St. Joseph parishioners may call the office to sign up. Please note that you must sign up each week. When capacity is reached (75 people) the remainder will be directed to the parish hall. Holy Angels parishioners are asked to make use of the Signup Genius form. Links will be available on the parish website, Facebook page, and from Flocknote messages. If You are unable to use the electronic signup method, you may call the office and speak to Rayito, and she will manually enter the information. Hymnals and prayer cards will be removed from the church before Masses begin. We will make available copies of the Creed so that you to take with you and bring each week or place it on the projector. We will not be able to reuse them. Our missalettes will be made available for you to take as well. We ask you to bring them back each week for use, as we will not be able to re-use them.

Entrance:

Only one entry will be open (all doors remain to function as exits in case of an emergency). Doors will remain open to facilitate a contact-less entrance and provide maximum fresh air circulation. Ushers (wearing gloves and masks) will guide the faithful to seats to ensure proper social distancing is maintained. If parishioners have special needs (low gluten hosts, etc.) they should communicate this before being seated. If they are taking communion to the homebound please bring a pyx. Children must remain with their families at all times. No unsupervised children. Parents should escort or accompany children to the bathrooms.

For more information call the office or email saintjoewp@comcast.net or angelica@holyangelssturgis.org.

"For where two or more are gathered in my name
there I am in the midst of them…" (MT 18:20)