What to expect when returning to Mass


Dear friends,
Please remember that while I am happy that we will once again be celebrating public Mass here at the parish, the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation still remains. For many it is most wise and prudent for you not to attend and, instead, to watch Mass safely from within your home.

I thank you for taking the time to read this information below pertaining to the guidelines and procedures prior to you returning to Mass at Annunciation. For those of you who will attend, Mass with social distancing will look different and might be awkward at first for everyone, including myself. It may help us to keep in mind the reason we are doing things differently. In this unusual time, these modifications are an expression of our love and care for one another. I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we come together for Mass, with measures in place to minimize risks to everyone.

God bless you all,
Fr. Mike

These mandates are given to us from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who was given guidance and advice from state and local health officials.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

We are required to limit the number of people at Mass. To make a reservation, please sign up here. This signup form will be available until 12 pm on Saturday.

For the safety of yourself and others, please stay at home if you are feeling ill in any way, or are running a temperature, or if you’ve been exposed to anyone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days, or if you have any under lying health issues that put you at high-risk for this virus.

Masks will be required to be worn properly (including covering mouth and nose) for the entire Mass. If you feel you are struggling with breathing, please temporarily pull your mask away to get some relief. Then replace your mask for the safety and consideration of others.

Please use your restroom at home. The restroom at church will be closed except for emergencies. Please check your temperature prior to leaving home to determine whether you should attend Mass. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of Mass to be seated.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

Hospitality Ministers, who will be wearing masks and gloves, will direct you to where you will be able to sit with your lawn chair. Seating will be assigned to maintain safety and social distancing, while accommodating as many people as possible. You may remain seated throughout Mass if you feel the need (with the exception of receiving Holy Communion).

If you are bringing a contribution, please leave it in the basket provided. (Thank you for your generosity!) To maintain social distancing there will not be an offertory collection. Consider donating to our parish online.

DURING MASS

Please keep your face covering or mask on at all times, except for the moments when you are consuming the sacred host.

Please refrain from physical touching at the sign of peace, you may certainly extend peace to those around you through a nod or a raising of hands in blessing.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMUNION

• All Eucharistic Ministers will be wearing masks. They will sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Communion, and will utilize a disinfectant wipe or purificator dipped in a sanitizing solution to sanitize their fingers when incidental contact is made with the communicant.
• Please remain at your seat for the Eucharistic Minister to distribute Holy Communion.
• The Body of Christ can only be received in the hand and not on the tongue.
• Once you receive the sacred host on the hand, please wait to consume Holy Communion until after the Eucharistic Minister has moved on to the next individual or family. You may then safely remove your mask and consume the sacred host. After consuming Holy Communion, replace your mask or face covering.

AFTER MASS

In consideration of others, please continue to wear your mask until you leave the area where other parishioners are.