In response to the potential spread of the Coronavirus and following directives handed down to us by the Diocese of Bridgeport, the following measures have been implemented until concerns related to the virus have dissipated:
- Holy Water has been removed from the Holy Water fonts. However, Holy Water is still available to fill empty bottles with and take home from the silver vat in the back of the Church. In the formula prepared for blessing the Holy Water it does specify the water's use as a powerful agent to ward off illness and disease and to help fight it.
- Instead of shaking hands at the Sign of Peace, you are invited to use some other gesture (e.g. a nod of the head, a smile and/or spoken greeting). Or use the moment to gather your thoughts in preparation for receiving Holy Communion.
- Offering of the Precious Blood of Christ will remain suspended at all Masses.
- We will regularly disinfect the handrails, restrooms, and top of the pews.
- Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and priests will purify their hands immediately before and after distributing the Eucharist.
- It is recommended strongly that parishioners receive the Host in their hands and not on the tongue.
- Our elderly and those with underlying physical conditions that would make them more susceptible to the Coronavirus are NOT obliged to attend Sunday Mass.
Let remember other important guidelines:
- Do not attend church if you are feeling ill or have flu-like or cold symptoms, again you are not obligated to attend Sunday Mass due to an illness. Avoid close contact with someone who is sick. Avoid public events if experiencing such symptoms.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes, with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or if no water is available use hand sanitizer.
- Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue, not your hand.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in following these measures. We will continually update our website as circumstances or events change.