Masses Beginning Again June 20-21!

Dear St. Michael’s Parish Family:

I am very happy to announce that we are going to begin celebrating public Masses again this weekend – June 20 & 21 – with our regular Mass schedule: Saturday 4:00 pm; Sunday 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 5:30 pm.

Please keep in mind the following IMPORTANT reminders:

First, we are limited to only 25% of our seating capacity. At present, we figure that number is 70 people. Once we reach that number for any of our Masses, we will encourage those who were unable to be admitted to either remain in their vehicle until the end of Mass, when they may come in and receive Holy Communion, or, to come to another Mass or view the Mass on our parish YouTube channel, such as we have been doing the past several months.

Sign up here:

You will need to download and fill out the following health certification form (http://stmichaelschurchsgf.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/20200620MassHealthCertForm.pdf) before arriving in Church. This is required as well.

Second, ALL people attending Mass MUST wear a mask or other face covering which covers both one’s nose and mouth. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE. We will provide masks in case someone shows up and does not have one. The mask MUST be worn for the entire duration of Mass.

Third, every person will enter ONLY through the two stained glass church entrance doors – the doors face toward the pizza shop next door to the church. The school doors and the door by the rear parking area are required to be designated only as exit doors. They will remain locked and no one may enter the church through these doors. This is Diocesan and CDC guidance. These doors will be carefully guarded.

Fourth, every person who attends Mass is required to complete a health screening form. This form is available on our parish website and a link for it may be found below. It is compulsory for every person who enters the church for Mass. Once you have checked in, you will be directed where to sit in the designated pews. People may NOT sit wherever they wish. We must practice the six (6) foot social distancing requirement as established by the CDC. Note: persons who live in the same house may sit together, but will be seated in the last pews of church.

Finally, please keep in mind that this is uncharted territory for everyone. Our parish staff and volunteer committee have been very helpful in getting ready to re-open. It is likely that we may encounter some ‘bumps in the road’ the first few weeks, but, we will work through that. We have prepared as best we can to make sure that everyone attending Mass here will be safe and healthy. I am sure we are equal to the task.

It is recommended that anyone over the age of 60 and/or anyone who has an underlying health concern consider remaining home, out of an abundance of caution, and view Mass online until the virus precautions have been lifted.

Your health and safety are the most important concern and we have done all we can to ensure everyone’s health while at Mass.

It is necessary also to ensure that everyone who wishes to attend Mass must pre-register using the link below. We must collect ‘contact tracing’ information in the unlikely event that someone may come down with COVID-19.

Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to Mass. This must be done until further notice.

If we all try to exercise an abundance of Christian patience and kindness, we’ll all do just fine. If you or others in your household, age 18 and older, would be willing to help to clean and disinfect the church after Mass, it would be very much appreciated! We will have sign up forms for this available at the registration/check-in table when you arrive for Mass.

One more item: As you can imagine, not having Masses, in particular, Easter, and not having people in church has had a serious impact on our offertory income.

Many people continued to send in their offering or have signed up for ‘online’ giving (see here) and this has been very helpful. However, this has still not been the same as having people at Mass to make a gift at the offertory time.

I am asking for the generous support of our parish family members with the special appeal. Please support St. Michael’s as generously as your means permit with the special Cornoavirus parish appeal.

If every parish family/household gives what they are able to, more or less than $25.00, it will go a long way to help the parish in the aftermath of the months-long absence of people in church for Mass.

You may return your gift in the special offering envelope that was included in the mailing that you have received, or you may also contribute to this online as well from our parish website. Your generous support is very gratefully appreciated.

If you have any questions, please call the parish office during the week at 518-792-5859 or by email at smichael@nycap.rr.com.

I look forward to seeing many of you again. Be well ~ take care.

God bless.

Father Tony Childs