ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
OUR PARISH TO FOR MASSES IN PERSON
TUESDAY, JULY 7
At last, our parish will open for Masses in person on Tuesday, July 7.
We thank you for your patience as we have been drafting our plan for reopening. Our plan was approved on Tuesday, June 30. It meets or exceeds guidelines set forth by the County of Alameda and the Diocese of Oakland.
As you probably know, attending Mass in person will be a much different experience than it was before the pandemic. In addition, the Mass schedule is changing now, and will change again once the pandemic is over. As a result, we urge you to read this material completely and very carefully.
Updates on the Masses and Services That We are Currently Holding.
We will still have daily Mass on Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m. It will
still be livestreamed and there will be no parishioners in attendance.
The evening Mass that we have been livestreaming on Monday
through Friday at 7:00 p.m. will move one hour earlier to 6:00 p.m.
There will be no parishioners in attendance.
Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
This will continue to take place every Friday at noon, with no parishioners in attendance.
Sunday Morning Mass:
The livestreamed Masses in English at 8:30 a.m. and in Spanish at 10:00 a.m. will continue. As our Bishop has not reinstated the obligation to attend Mass, those over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions are encouraged to view these livestreamed Masses.
There will still be no parishioners in attendance at these two Masses (this stays the same as it has been during the last four months).
NEW MASSES THAT YOU CAN ATTEND IN PERSON
Starting this Tuesday, July 7, there will be four new Masses on weeknights that you will be able to attend in person. This will give you the opportunity to receive Communion.
These Masses will be held inside the Church.
State and County directives limit attendance to 100 people, or 25% of building capacity. Since our church can seat 500 people, we are allowed to have 100 people in our church during Mass. However, this total will be dropped by 10 people to account for the priest and the liturgical lay ministers that have a necessary role in the Mass. The end result is that 90 of our parishioners will be able to attend Mass in the church on any given evening.
We will set up the Hall so that once the church is full, up to 96 more parishioners can be seated in the Hall where they can view the Mass by livestream. The priest and a Eucharistic Minister will bring Communion to those seated in the Hall once Mass has ended.
The Schedule of In-Person Masses
Many parishes, in order to control attendance and not exceed occupancy limits, have instituted an on-line registration and ticketing system. At OLR we have decided not to do that in the interest of making the decision to attend Mass a more “natural” one that treats all parishioners equally.
What we are doing to manage attendance is to suggest the following:
• Remember which Mass you attended before the pandemic.
• Find the Mass below that “takes the place” of the Mass you used to attend, and attend on that day.
Our schedule of Masses in person will be as follows:
• Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. — Mass in Spanish
• Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. — Mass in English
• Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. — Mass in Spanish
• Fridays, 7:00 p.m. — Mass in English
These weeknight Masses will have the same readings and homily as the Masses that were livestreamed on the previous Sunday.
Fr. Jesús will celebrate the Masses in Spanish, and Fr. Jeff will celebrate the Masses in English.
So this is our suggestion to “even out” attendance between these Masses.
This plan also will serve to “reunite” the same people who used to attend a particular Mass in the past.
• If you used to attend 6:45 a.m. Sunday Mass in Spanish, attend Mass on Tuesday nights.
• If you used to attend 8:15 a.m. Sunday Mass in English, attend Mass on
• If you used to attend 9:45 a.m. Sunday Mass in Spanish, attend Mass on
• If you used to attend 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass in English, attend Mass on
• If you used to attend 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass in English, attend any
of the weeknight Masses.
A Guide to Help You Deal with Those Things That Will be Different
The following should provide you with the information that you will need to make your attending Mass in person an easy and rewarding experience.
Before Leaving Home
• Leave early. You should arrive at the church at least 30 minutes
before Mass time. This will allow for a couple of things that you will be asked to do before entering the church.
• Use the restroom “one last time.” Even though restrooms will be available during Mass, there are special procedures in place concerning their use which will require a considerable amount of your time.
• Make sure you bring the following:
• Your own bottle of hand sanitizer.
• A mask for each member of your family over the age of 3.
Upon Arriving in the Parking Lot
• Put your mask on before you exit your car.
• Maintain Social Distancing. When walking from your car to the Church, be sure that you maintain the standard 6 – feet of social distancing from parishioners and their families.
• Walk towards the MAIN DOUBLE DOORS of the church. This is now the only entry for the church. The sets of doors on 8th Street and near the Chapel are now used to exit the church.
• Stand outside of the main door until an usher motions for you to enter the Vestibule.
Entering the Church
• Read the signs on the doors of the church as you enter. They will remind you not to attend Mass if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Your temperature will be taken
as you enter the church. If it is 100.4F or above, you will
not be able to attend Mass that day.
• You will be asked to sanitize your hands after your temperature is taken. If you did not bring hand sanitizer for you and your family, an usher will provide some for you.
You will proceed through the inner set of doors where you will meet an usher who will seat you. Families who live in the same household can sit together without distancing. Individuals will be seated alone.
• All outside doors will be open and there will be no air conditioning. This is the best way to minimize the possibility of the virus floating around in the air.
• Do not change to another seat once you have been seated.
• Do not allow your children to move from their seats.
• Masks must remain on at all times, except when receiving Communion.
• Restroom use. Restrooms will be locked to ensure that they remain disinfected. Someone needing to visit on should seek out the head usher who will unlock a restroom and provide some instructions. Certain surfaces in the restrooms are disinfected after each use.
• There will be no singing, as singing spreads droplets that can contain the virus over a greater distance.
• There will be no physical contact between parishioners, meaning no shaking of hands, no hugging, and the Sign of Peace will be eliminated.
• The collection basket will not be passed. Donations may be placed in the locked donation boxes at the doors of the church or a basket at the exit doors.
• Communion will be offered once the Mass has ended.
• Communion should be taken in the hand.
As Mass Ends
• Parishioners can pray and reflect in the pews for five minutes after Communion.
• Parishioners will exit the church from the doors near the Chapel or the one on 8th Street.
• Ushers will give a Bulletin to parishioners who want one — parishioners should not “grab ” their own Bulletin.
• Parishioners are to go directly to their cars once they exit the church.
Despite the many changes and some complications, we hope that your coming back to church will be rewarding faith – filled experience
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE
Each time before you come to Mass, check our website at www.olrchurch.org
Due to the increasing spread of the virus, the county, Diocese or
state can roll – back reopening at any time. If this is done, we might
have to cancel in – person Masses on very short notice. Should this
happen we will post a notice there.