Weekend Mass Times During COVID19:
|Saturday:||5:30pm Vigil Mass / Bilingual For healthy parishioners age 65+ willing to attend Mass|
|Sunday:||8:00am Spanish - (cantor Carlos Zapien)
10:00am English - (cantor Carlos Zapien)
12:00 Noon English - (cantor Carlos Zapien)
ST AUGUSTINE CATHEDRAL PARISH SAFETY PROTOCOLS
MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MASS AND MUST REMAIN ON FOR THE DURATION OF THE MASS
Communications with Parishioners Recalling that communication and engaging in reasonable practices that minimize health risks are the keys to building trust, we are going to use the means at our disposal, including the parish website, the parish Facebook page, the parish electronic bulletin and other means of communication to share with our parishioners the following:
- Certification by the rector that the Church is ready to open
- Common Good: Parishioners will be informed that the Diocese of Tucson is following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and others with expertise in public health as communicated through public sources on the national and local levels. .
- Protection of the Vulnerable: Our goal of protecting all people, but most especially those from the populations made more vulnerable due to age or secondary health issues, must, and will remain firm.
- Fluidity of Approach: We are all aware that circumstances evolve quickly - we will update the community immediately if there are any changes to the safety protocol.
- The Sunday Mass Obligation is suspended indefinitely for all persons living in or visiting in the Tucson Diocese.
- Those in the vulnerable classifications (age 65+ or with a chronic health condition) are strongly urged to remain at home and not come onto parish property.
- Note clearly that there is an inherent risk, regardless of age or health, in attending any public event. This includes religious services. While we are working to reduce the risk, there are no risk-free situations. A parishioner’s presence at a public event constitutes his or her understanding and acceptance of this essential level of risk.
- Those who are feeling ill in any way are urged, in the strongest sense, to remain at home and not come onto parish property.
- Please respect any sign posted at the Church entrance including the church is full and that you need to return for a later-scheduled Mass.
- MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MASS AND MUST REMAIN ON FOR THE DURATION OF THE MASS. The use of a mask is a sign of our desire to do our part in helping to prevent others from potential contagion.
- To allow for smaller congregations and the proper cleaning of the church building used for Mass, Sunday (weekend) Masses may be celebrated as early as the preceding Friday afternoon and as late as the following Monday afternoon.
- The church will be entirely closed on Tuesday through Thursday to allow any contagion left behind on a surface to die. However, we may open in case we have to hold a funeral Mass on one of these days.
- There will be no public celebration fo quinceaneras while we remain in Phase One.
Safety Protocols at Saint Augustine Cathedral Property
- Social Distancing: We have taped off every other pew for spacing the congregation. We have also designated areas where attendees may sit, keeping a minimum of 6 feet apart.
- Ushers will be trained on proper protocol.
- We will provide Ushers masks, gloves and hand sanitizer at each Mass.
- Ushers will escort attendees to available seating areas.
- Maximum attendance will be 208. Pews will be spaced, every other pew will be taped off. Families may sit together at certain pews specifically marked by tape.
- We will provide clicker counters to Ushers at the door, for accurate attendance account.
- The Southside double door will be used as the only entry point.
- All missalettes and literature have been removed from the pews.
- Public information posters in English and Spanish with CDC guidelines will be displayed at the doors and inside the church.
- Collection will be taken by the Ushers with an extended handle basket, so as not to pass the basket among people. Only Ushers will handle the baskets. Ushers will be wearing masks and gloves. Baskets will be sanitized after each Mass.
- Signage will be placed outside advising attendees when church is full.
- The Holy Communion will beoffered out-of-doors following the final blessing and dismissal from Mass, as people are leaving. We ask all ministers of the Holy Communion to carefully wash their hands and to frequently use a hand-sanitizer after every few Holy Communions.
- We have scheduled 5 Masses during the weekend. A bilingual Mass is scheduled on Saturday at 5:30pm for the healthy 65+ who are willing to attend Mass. On Sunday, we have scheduled 4 Masses: 8am Spanish Mass, 10am English Mass, 12noon English Mass. Carlos Zapien will be the only cantor for these three Masses. The 4th Mass will be at 5:30pm in Spanish.
- The cantor has requested the organ to be moved to area of church’s bell in order to be away from the public.
- After each Mass, Ushers will clean and disinfect all restrooms, fixtures, faucets, handles, baby changing stations, door frames, handles, sanitize pes, disinfect kneelers, floor... etc.
- The church doors will remain open during the celebration to allow a proper ventilation during the Mass.
- At the end of each Mass, the church doors will be locked while ushers are cleaning and disinfecting the church for the next scheduled service.
During the Liturgy of the Mass
- Social distancing kept by the ministers in the Sanctuary area.
- The ministers will process in from the sacristy and into the sanctuary at the beginning of the Mass.
- We are not using altar server children at the Masses, during Phase One.
- No use of processional Cross with candles.
- Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors will not be allowed to remain in the sacristy before the beginning of the Mass.
- Hand sanitizer and soap will be available to be frequently used by the liturgical Ministers.
- There will be no shaking of hands as sign of peace nor holding of hands at “Our Father.”
- The celebrant will be the only one to receive from the cup. There should be no ministers close to him (such as at the pulpit while preaching, or at the altar for the Eucharistic prayer).
- Holy Communion will be received only in the hand during this first phase of reopening the church.
- Sacred vessels will be washed with soap in hot water after each Mass.
- The chairs used by the liturgical ministers will also be disinfected after each Mass.