Here is a summary of the rules, requirements and restrictions under which we are operating:
Bishop Libasci has provided certain guidelines for us to reopen Masses to the public. By the grace of God and the excellent efforts of Father Liebert, Father van Zee and our staff, we were able to open our Masses to the public on Friday, June 5 and the Sunday Masses on June 7. Please keep in mind that this is an interim plan for a gradual return to full service. Many aspects of the parish, the Church and the Masses will not be "as we know and love" just yet. We felt it is better to open the Masses to you now even with the restrictions rather than wait for some future possible day when everything is "as you remember." First, the differences you will notice based on the requirements and restrictions of the Bishop:
• Certain people should not attend Mass including those with particular symptoms, certain travelers and certain of those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients. Please see details on the poster below. The livestream will continue 24/7 for the immediate future.
• Social distancing is required with 40% occupancy maximum. Therefore, we have calculated that we will meet the requirements with a maximum of 160 people in the Church. In the Church, members of the same household may sit together but everyone else is to maintain a 6 foot distance from others in the pews, in the aisles, at the Communion rail, etc. Every other pew has been blocked off to help with this separation. Please note that the City of Nashua has a face mask order in effect: www.nashuanh.gov
• All touched surfaces will be disinfected by volunteers after each Mass including pews, kneelers, door handles and other high touch areas. When you leave Mass, please leave your kneeler down to indicate to the volunteers which need to be disinfected. As much as possible, doors will be propped open.
• All hymnals have been covered and envelopes and other papers have been removed from the Church. The congregation is asked by the bishop not to sing during this time due to the increased possibility of contamination. Ushers are also asked to wear gloves when handing the collection.
• There is overflow seating in the Church basement with the livestream. You could come in to the Church to receive Holy Communion and go back to the basement in this case. The dispensation from attending Sunday and Holyday Mass remains in e