This page will be updated frequently by Parish Leadership with updates about the reopening of St. Maria Goretti Parish amid the Coronavirus pandemic
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED:
Thursday, May 21, 2020 / 1:00 PM
The City of New Orleans announced in its Reopening Plan that places of worship are now allowed to have Mass indoors with up to 100 people. Therefore, in accordance with Mayor Cantrell's plan, we will now expand our reservation slots from 10 people per Mass to 100 people per Mass.
Reminder: The obligation to attend Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dispensed by Archbishop Aymond.
According to Governor Edwards' extended stay-at-home order, visiting places of worship is allowed. Starting April 30, Archbishop Aymond has allowed public Masses to be celebrated within the governor's extended stay-at-home order. We give thanks to God for this opportunity to worship together again as a community within the Church!
Based on the governor's extended stay-at-home order, however, only 10 people are allowed in Church. In order to follow the state guidelines, we are asking each family to sign up for the Mass they would like to attend. (SIGN UP LINK BELOW) We ask that you SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE SUNDAY MASS EVERY TWO WEEKS AND ONLY ONE WEEK DAY MASS EVERY TWO DAYS so that as many people as possible can attend Mass. Please submit the name of each individual whom you are registering to attend Mass. Once the maximum number of people is reached for a Mass, the form will not allow you to sign up for that Mass. If you sign up for more than one Mass every two weeks, your name will be deleted. As the number allowed in Churches is expanded, we will allow parishioners to sign up to attend Mass each week. Everyone is still dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. If you are healthy, we invite you to come to church. If you are sick, please wait until you recover to attend Mass. Due to the limited spaces available, Masses are available
General Guidelines for Mass Attendance:
Please enter the door in the front to check in.
Please wear a mask during Mass aside from receiving Communion.
Please sit in the pews as designated by the ushers.
Be mindful of social distancing and maintain six feet of distance from others at all times.
The sign of peace may be expressed by means of a smile and/or a nod of the head. No physical sign of peace will be exchanged.
When Mass is over, please do not gather in groups in the Narthex and continue to maintain social distancing.
Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion:
Please bring hand sanitizer to use before receiving Communion.
During Communion, please maintain social distancing in the line by spacing out six feet from the person in front of you.
Communion will be distributed by means of the sacred Host only.
Out of consideration and concern for others, we ask everyone to receive Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.
When approaching the priest for Communion, place your hand flat atop your other hand. The priest will place the Host over your hand and then let go of the Host to avoid any contact with your hand.
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We look forward to worshiping our Lord with you!