Covid19 Update 5.28.20

Welcome Back to Mass at St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley!

We are so grateful that we will finally be able to worship together a family, His family. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we have many guidelines to follow. Here is all you need to know about coming back to Mass – in person!

Just a reminder – the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass is still in place. If you are sick – if you are susceptible to sickness – if you have pre-existing conditions – or if you don’t feel comfortable yet in large gatherings – please stay home. Daily Mass will continue to be live streamed on Facebook and the Sunday 8:00 Mass will be live streamed and broadcast on WLSH AM 1410.

Daily Mass

The first in-person daily Mass at St. Joseph’s of the Panther Valley will be on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

For daily Mass and for church visitation, please use the side door, Main Entrance, only. No other doors will be open.

Please use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the church. The church is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly, there is no need to bring your own wipes or cleaning solutions to church.

Parishioners must wear a face covering for the entirety of Mass except for when it is your turn to receive Holy Communion. This is mandatory!

The schedule for daily Mass will continue as Monday through Friday at 8:00 am. In the future, Mass times may return to the normal schedule of Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8:00 am, and Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm.

Daily Mass will also continue to be live streamed on the SJPV Facebook page for those who cannot or do not wish to attend in person. A recording of the live stream will be posted to the website each day.

Pews will be marked off to provide for 20 “Households” to attend a daily Mass. A Household is defined as any one (1) or group of people who live together in the same home.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass, after the final blessing. Parishioners will receive Communion and immediately leave the Church.

Parishioners may receive either in the hand or on the tongue.

Holy Water fonts will be emptied; however, parishioners will be able to fill their own Holy Water container to take home.

Adoration

There will be adoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays after the Daily Mass until 5:00 pm.

Church Hours

The church will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for private prayer. Masks or face coverings are mandatory for everyone who visits the church.

Weekend Masses

The Mass schedule for the first weekend of the “Yellow Phase” will be as follows:

Saturday, June 6th at 4:00 pm – Drive-up Mass with the Distribution of Holy Communion

Sunday, June 7th at 8:00 am – Live Stream Mass on Facebook and on the Radio WLSH 1410 am

Sunday, June 7th at 10:00 am – Drive-up Mass with the Distribution of Holy Communion

Parishioners will be directed as to where to park upon arriving at the church parking lot.  The faithful must remain in their vehicles at all times during the entire Mass.

There will be no access to restrooms during the Mass.

Ushers will be around to take a collection at the normal time.  This is a choice, not a mandate! Your financial stewardship is appreciated and helps us keep the lights on.  Just a reminder that Online Giving is an option and you can sign up on the website.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass. Parishioners may receive either in the hand or on the tongue.

Please follow the directions of the ushers to the “Stop and Put Your Car in Park” sign.

Do not exit your vehicle.

The Shrine

The first in-person Mass at the Shrine will be on  Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 9:00 am.

Pews will be marked to allow seating for a maximum of 16 households to ensure appropriate social distancing.  A Household is defined as any one (1) or group of people who live together in the same home.

Please use the entrance next to the Grotto only.  No other doors will be open.

Please use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the shrine.  The Shrine is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly, there is no need to bring your own wipes or cleaning solutions.

Attendees must wear a face covering for the entirety of Mass except for when it is your turn to receive Holy Communion.  This is mandatory.

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass, after the final blessing.  Attendees will receive Communion and immediately leave the Shrine. 

Attendees may receive either in the hand or on the tongue. 

Further details will be given before the start of Mass.  Please follow the ushers’ instructions at the end of mass.