Reopening Information from the Rector
We have returned to in person public worship on Sundays, with two masses: Low Mass at 9:00 A.M. and Solemn Mass (similar to the format that has been live streamed) at 11:00 A.M. Feast day services will resume as announced. As long as the infection rates in New York City stay low, we shall proceed with our plan. Should matters here deteriorate we are prepared to adapt and do what is necessary. In any case we will continue to live stream our solemn liturgies at least as long as we have social distancing and other limitations on in-person worship. Weekday services will also continue on Zoom.
Please read the following explanation of our safety procedures carefully. We ask you to abide by these rules in order to maintain the health and safety of our whole community. These rules will remain in place as long as Covid-19 is a threat to public health.
The Church’s occupancy is limited due to social distancing requirements, and those wishing to attend must reserve a place in advance. We will limit online reservations to 40 for each service and people may only reserve for themselves and members of their own household. We regret that those members who have not made a reservation can not be admitted. Those members with access to the internet must use the online form You must fill out the form completely and answer all the questions for us to accept your reservation. We will contact you if we have any questions.
We will reach out weekly to those members without internet access. Please let us know if you can not access the form. Please contact the Rector or Holly Hughes if you are having trouble with the form or reaching us.
We expect that those with a fever, symptoms of a respiratory illness, or any other symptom of Covid-19, or a positive nasal Covid test will refrain from coming to church. Likewise we expect that those who know they have been exposed to Covid-19 within the last fourteen days will refrain from coming to church and get tested.
Doors will open fifteen minutes before each service, please do not arrive earlier.
Worshippers are asked to enter the building only through the Church doors on West 87th Street. No one will be admitted through the Parish House entrance on West End Avenue.
All will receive hand sanitiser from the usher upon entering the building.
All worshippers, including children, must wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times, except when consuming the Host at Holy Communion (see below). We have a supply of masks for those who do not bring their own.
All must abide by the seating arrangements assigned by the ushers upon entry and maintain at least six feet distance between households.
All worshippers are to refrain from singing. You may respond or say the prayers in a low voice.
At the Peace, those from different households are to greet each other with the sign of Peace in the form of a bow.
Holy Communion is offered only in the form of the Eucharistic Host placed into the Communicant’s hand.
The Celebrant will bring Communion to the people at their seats. People are asked to wear their mask until they have received the Host in their hand and the Celebrant has gone to bring the Sacrament to the next Communicant. They may then lower their masks to consume the Host.
When the Mass is over, people may remain in their place for private prayer and then proceed directly to the exit, maintaining social distancing. Please do not pray at the shrines. At this time, we also ask parishioners not to light candles at the shrines. The church will ensure that candles are burning before the images of Our Lady, Our Patron, and Our Lord.
We are grateful for the support you have been showing us throughout this period of the Covid-19 pandemic and ask that you leave your offering in the basin at the head of the centre aisle on your way out. You may also make a contribution to the church using PayPal, accessed through the Donate button on the front page of our web site using your own mobile device. Thank you.
We ask people not to linger in the aisles or on the church steps.
We reserve the right to ask anyone not abiding by these rules to leave the premises.
Thank you for your willingness to abide by all these rules and regulations. Doing so will allow us to resume worship and allow those who are able and feel comfortable to attend church and receive the Sacrament.
Please be assured that the choice to come to church or not is yours and must be made with your health and safety and that of your friends, families, and coworkers in mind. The live stream and Zoom services will be there for you, too.
Andrew C. Blume ✠