It is important to remember that the bishop has extended the dispensation decree for attendance at Mass for those who are at high risk for infection or are fearful of catching or spreading the virus. Notwithstanding the measures taken to provide a safe environment, parishioners and visitors must understand that they attend mass at their own risk.
The following procedures, consistent with CDC, Sonoma County Health Department, and Diocesan guidelines, will be in place:
- Do not come to Mass if you are sick, feeling unwell, or consider yourself to be at risk.
- Participants are to bring their own chairs or ground covers, since no seating will be provided. Masks are required. Social distancing of six feet is to be maintained during the service. Please note, no bathroom services will be available.
- Upon arrival, participants will sign in with a volunteer to record name and contact information. This information will be kept should Health Department contact tracing be necessary due to exposure to a possible new infection.
- A second volunteer will conduct temperature screening and provide hand sanitizer. Participants can then move to the site for Mass.
- Communion will be distributed after Mass. The celebrant will remain for twenty minutes to provide communion for those who are not prepared to join the Mass at this time.
- Freestanding baskets will be available for the weekly donation.
- For St. Teresa’s, parking at the Cemetery is limited, so please consider parking at the Church or in Bodega if you are able. For St. Philip’s, half of the parking lot will be used for services, so please consider parking in the lot across the street.
Please consider joining your Parish community in resuming services for our congregation. Should you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.