SPECIAL COVID-19 STATEMENTS
As always, the safety of priests, parishioners, visitors, staff, and volunteers is our top priority as we worship Our Lord at the Church of the Resurrection. We appreciate the support shown by the Resurrection community to wearing face coverings, washing hands, and social distancing. These practices help Resurrection stay open for worship and prayer, as well as stop the spread of COVID-19 among ourselves.
Updated, July 25, 2020
FACE COVERINGS: Starting July 25, 2020 Masks, face coverings, or face shields must be worn by all visitors to the Church of the Resurrection, from entering the building until seated in the pew for prayer or Mass, then again when leaving the pews to receive Holy Communion or exit the building. Face coverings must be worn by any and all visitors to the parish office.
WEEKEND MASS: Beginning August 1st Mass schedule will be:
- Saturday – 8:00 pm
- Sunday – 8:00 am
- Sunday – 10:30 am
WEEKDAY MASS: 8:30 am Monday-Friday (no weekday Mass if there is a funeral at the church)
CONFESSION: Confessions will be heard from 6:30-7:30 pm on Saturday evening. Confessions will remain in the Adoration chapel.
CLOSED FOR CLEANING: After each Mass, people will be asked to leave the church structure for the purpose of cleaning the church, gathering space, bathrooms, and doors. Church doors will be locked.
This means: On Sunday, in preparation for the 10:30 am Mass, the doors will not reopen until 10:00 am. During the week, the doors will not reopen until 10:00 am.
OPEN FOR PRAYER: The Church will continue to be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (exception being Saturday with 8:00 pm Mass). However, whenever we have weekday Mass, the church will be locked from 9:00 am till 10:00 am for cleaning and sanitizing. Face masks must be worn, as stated above.
PARISH OFFICE: During the summer months, office hours will be 9:00 am till 4:00 pm. Walk-in traffic will only be allowed from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Face coverings must be worn by any and all visitors to the parish office.
SEATING: According to the mandates given by the State of Minnesota, City of Rochester, and Diocese of Winona-Rochester, capacity to indoor gatherings such as prayer or Mass is limited to 50% or 250 persons, whichever is less. Social distancing must remain a priority.
Seating will not be done by reservation. When seats are filled, with social distancing in mind, the doors will be locked. Should we continue to have to turn people away over the course of several weeks for a Mass, seating by reservation will be considered.
To help with seating, which must adhere to social distancing, we encourage people to come to church early. (Keep in mind that for the 10:30 am Sunday Mass the church will reopen at 10:00 am).
RECORDED MASS: The Saturday 8:00 pm Mass will be recorded and placed on the website/Facebook.
HOMEBOUND COMMUNION: Homebound Communion is being phased back in.
HYMNALS/WORSHIP AIDS: Hymnals will not be in the pews. For those who would like to follow along with the readings, St. Joseph Missals are available in the Gathering Space to be used and taken home. Anything left in pews after Mass will be discarded.
OFFETORY/COLLECTION: A collection basket will be available in the front of the church, a drop box will be placed in the Gathering Space, or envelopes can be placed in the drop box by the Parish Office.
HOLY COMMUNION: To help with the flow of moving people out of the church and gathering space to begin the cleaning process, the distribution of Holy Communion will take place after Mass. The priest will be located in the Gathering Space and distribute as people leave the building.
People are encouraged to receive Communion in the hand. Should someone desire to receive on the tongue, the sanitization of the hands by the priest will take place after each communicant.