Moving Forward Together - Update
Dear Holy Family Parishioners and friends,
It's been a while since we had a COVID-19 Flocknote update. I'm happy to report that we have some plans to Move Forward Together more as we enter the fall of this crazy 2020 year! We made it to September! We have completed all the Sacraments of Initiation that were put on hold last Spring. All of our RCIA candidates and catechumens have been received into the Church. Students awaiting First Holy Communion and Confirmation have received their sacraments and have begun school or will begin school soon. Thanks to all for your patience and for following all safety protocols in our parish churches as we look to return to more normalcy.
Starting Monday, September 14 - the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross - we will begin to return to receiving Holy Communion DURING Mass at the proper time at
WEEKDAY MASSES ONLY
. For those attending weekday Masses it will be important to follow proper social distancing, removing and replacing masks immediately after receiving, and returning to your same seat. It is also important to leave the church after Mass as requested to by the usher so that the church can be sanitized properly. At St. Irenaeus and St. John the Baptist, you can return to the church for private prayer during the day after the church is sanitized.
To do this, we will distribute to one section at a time, starting with sections A-E, as marked in our churches, from the front of each section to the back before moving to the next section. For most weekday Masses, it will be easiest for the priests if everyone sits in center sections to avoid the need to move around.
The Holy Family School will begin attending Mass in person on Wednesdays at 9AM at St. John the Baptist Church, with the first Mass outside on September 16 (hopefully no rain). Subsequent Wednesdays, parishioners will be limited to seating in section D only on the far left. The students will be seated in sections A, B & C and some will be watching livestream from their classrooms We may add a 7:30 AM Mass at St. John the Baptist on Wednesday mornings to accommodate those who wish to attend but may not fit at 9AM.
Additionally, we will begin the process of opening up our parish halls and meeting rooms for ministries, groups and organizations to return to in-person gatherings in October. Each ministry, group or organization leader will need to submit a Safety Plan and follow all protocol and sanitizing procedures. Contact Rich Myler (
or 412-793-4511 x501) for more information on what will be required by groups to be able to start to meet in October.
Halls will not be rented to outside parties at this time.
There is no plan at this time to return Holy Communion during weekend Masses. However, if the weekday Mass plan works and we can do so safely on the weekend also, we will look into that later in October.
In Christ's love,
Rev. Kevin G. Poecking
on Thursday, September 3 at 10:21AM