Procedures, including seating arrangements, for our return.

May 22, 2020

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Return to Public Masses

In keeping with Bishop Boyea's guidelines, we have established the following plans and procedures for resumption of public Masses at the Church of the Resurrection. As I have pointed out in my emails, we will begin by having no more than 25% of our capacity at Masses beginning on Pentecost. Our church capacity is 625, which means we can have about 150 in the church. On Sundays, we are also going to livestream Mass in Mercy Hall, which will seat 85 with the 25% restriction. (Communion will be distributed in Mercy Hall by an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Provision will be made for those in Mercy Hall who prefer to only receive communion from a priest. See below for more information.)


Please plan to come a bit early to Mass so that we don't have a flurry of people arriving at the same time. We will have the two handicap doors open for your use so that you won't need to pull doors open. We will put doorstops at the other doors to keep them open, for the same reason. 

Hand Sanitizer and Masks 

Please use hand sanitizer on your way in and out (wash-in/wash-out), and please wear masks out of respect and care for others. (NB: Children under two should not wear masks.) 


We will block off some pews to ensure safe "distancing" between pews. Families can obviously sit close to one another, but individuals and families should be separated by at least six feet. (See more instructions below about where you should sit each week, based on your last name.) 


Thank you to all those who are giving "online" or are mailing in your checks. For those who prefer to bring envelopes, we will have a "drop-box" available near the northeast and northwest entrances for you to drop your envelope. Please do that prior to Mass. 


I will distribute communion to everyone who attends Mass in the church. I will move through the empty pews as I distribute communion, as if the kneelers were a communion rail. This will allow us to avoid having to worry about social distancing in communion lines. We will have an altar and tabernacle set up in Mercy Hall, from which the EMHC will distribute communion to those in the hall. If the EMHC who distributes communion in the hall informs me that there are people there who wish to receive from me, I will go over after the conclusion of Mass and distribute communion to them. Please remain in Mercy Hall. 


When Mass is over, whether you are in the church or the hall, please allow the people closest to the exits to depart first. Please use all exits on your way out, to avoid congestion as much as possible. 

Pentecost Weekend Masses

  • Pentecost Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, is by invitation only. 
  • Confirmation Mass at 2:00 p.m., May 31, is by invitation only.
  • Pentecost Sunday Masses  9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. 

Special Mass for those "at-risk"

Most weeks, the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass will be reserved for those 60ish and over and/or for who have underlying health issues. This coming Saturday, because the Vigil Mass is for those entering the Church, we will reserve the Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass for those who are "at-risk." (Please note that those 60ish and over are not required to attend this reserved Mass.) 

Where to Sit? (Church or Mercy Hall)

Each week, the 9, 11, and 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass seating will be divided according to the first letter of your family name. We are able to have 156 sit in the church and 85 in Mercy Hall. Please be considerate of others, and I ask everyone to "take turns" sitting in the hall and the church according to the following plan. (After reviewing our parish census, I learned that 2/3 of parishioners have last names that begin with the letters A-M. That's why the following arrangements look a little strange.) 

Seating Arrangements by Last Name (For 9:00, 11:00, and 5:00 p.m. Sunday Masses)

  • Week 1 (May 30 & 31): A-M in Church; N-Z in Mercy Hall (No 5:00 p.m. seating in the Hall this week)
  • Week 2 (June 6 & 7): A-F & N-Z in Church; G-M in Mercy Hall 
  • Week 3 (June 13 & 14): G-Z in the Church; A-F in Mercy Hall
  • Week 4 (June 20 & 21): A-M in Church; N-Z in Mercy Hall
  • Week 5 (June 27 & 28): A-F & N-Z in Church; G-M in Mercy Hall
  • For future weeks, if necessary, we will use this same alternating pattern.

(We will post seating arrangements on our main webpage, on the sign out front, and on placards in the parking lot to remind you where to sit, week by week.) 


If you are in a committed relationship with someone, e.g., are seriously dating or are engaged, feel free to attend Mass together, but please use the same last name each week to determine where you will sit, so you don't get an unfair advantage for your preferred seating. 

Typical 9:00 a.m. Mass Attendees

The 9:00 a.m. Mass is the most-heavily attended, and we won't be able to accommodate all of you even in the two locations. So, if you normally attend the 9:00 a.m. Mass, please consider attending one of the other Masses to help us avoid needing to turn people away. If we cooperate in this, we can avoid requiring people to "sign-up" for Masses. 

Sanitizing between Masses

We will sanitize the pews and seats between Masses. 

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