COVID-19

ATTENDING MASS DURING COVID

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Below you will find guidance on how things have been adjusted for your safety.  Please familiarize yourself with these directives.

We offer two Masses at 4:30PM on Saturday and 10:15AM on Sunday.  By Friday noon of each week, please sign up for the Mass you plan to attend by going online to SignUpGenius link on our homepage.

We encourage all those who are frail in health or have underlying conditions to stay at home and watch our Mass online. The video is available on the homepage of this website and through The Church of Saint Paul, serving Hamilton and Wenham Facebook page, starting at 7AM on Sundays.  To watch a broadcast of a daily Mass, go to WatchTheMass.com

Message Regarding Further Re-Opening

of the Church

 

Dear Brothers and Sister,

May the blessings of this Pentecost Season bless you, reside within the homes of our parish, and enable each of us to know the fruits of the Holy Spirit and experience patience, kindness, and goodness.

You are familiar with the fact that on May 13, 2021 the Center for Disease and Protection listed guidelines with regard to face masks and distancing.  In addition, the State of Massachusetts and the Archdiocese of Boston issued guidance for us on May 17 and 20, 2021. Under these new guidelines those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks or physically distance except where required by law.

How does this impact us when attending Church?

Beginning May 29/30, 2021, vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks or social distance in church.  However, you may still wear masks if you choose and are not yet vaccinated.  You will not be asked when entering church if you have been vaccinated.  There is no longer a need to register for Mass online or as you enter church.

Upon arriving at church, you will choose your place to sit and pray.  Greeters will no longer accompany you to a seat or guide you to Holy Communion. 

If you choose to wear a mask or not and, yet, maintain social distance: a section by the chapel windows will be available for use.  We will endeavor, with your patience, and our best efforts, to accommodate as we can.  May we be attentive to our brothers and sisters around us who may be vulnerable, for whatever reason. 

Confessions in the Reconciliation Room in the church will return at once.

A year ago, on May 30, 2020 we reopened our church, and all protocols were aimed at providing safety.  This could not have been accomplished without our dedicated core of parish volunteers.  The worked tirelessly, and, yet, with joy, as greeters and sanitizers for Sunday and daily Masses.  We all owe them a great debt of appreciation.  Without them we could not have provided the spiritual care and pastoral outreach to the sacraments as we have done this past year.

Now, that things are opening up all around us, it is time as your priest to warmly welcome you back to your spiritual home. 

As St. Ambrose once said about Sunday Mass:

“To rest in the Lord and to gaze upon his loveliness is truly a feast and full of delight and peacefulness.”

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Father Michael Lawlor

Pastor

 

 

Possible Exposure

In the case of our discovering that someone at Mass today tests positive for COVID-19 in the next several days, we want to be able to inform all of you so that, in consultation with your physician, you can take the appropriate steps.

´╗┐If you registered to come to Mass today, we already have your contact information, and will reach out to you if we learn that someone here has tested positive.

If you did not register, and if you wish to be contacted, please call or email the rectory with the appropriate contact information so that you can receive notification.

Even if you do not choose to leave your name, please know that we will make any announcement of a positive test on the parish website as well, so please check the website on a regular basis.


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