Fr. Jim Siler and the congregation of Holy Cross Catholic Church invite you to join them for Mass on Saturday afternoons at 4, Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:00, and weedays at 9:00 a.m. The Rosary is said following Mass on Tuesdays and there is a Eucharistic Adoration following Mass on Fridays. Through September, Mass will be celebrated outside weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, Mass will move inside with capacity limited, for now, to 25%. Additional details are below. Fr. Siler invites people of all faiths to join the congregation for Mass in God’s outdoor catherdral on America’s Emerald Isle.
On behalf of Holy Cross Catholic Church and the beautiful souls of Beaver Island, I am pleased to announce we will safely and considerately begin a return to public celebration of the Holy Mass beginning the weekend of May 23-24, 2020. All the faithful in the Diocese of Gaylord are dispensed from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass through Sunday, September 6, 2020. This is for the benefit of those who are sick, and those who are vulnerable to the disease. Those who wish to attend Mass may consider that they have fulfilled their Sunday obligation not only on Sunday but by attending Mass any day of the week. It may also be the case that with physical distancing requiring smaller church capacity, not all parishioners who wish to attend Mass will be able to attend Mass every Sunday. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter church. Members of the same household are to remain home as well. We will follow all the recommendations of the CDC and the federal, state, and local guidelines for health and safety. The threat of the coronavirus is still present in our state and thus will have an impact in the way we worship and the rituals which are a vital part of our beautiful faith. The first guideline is that we may resume Mass with reduced capacity of 25% or less. The total capacity at Holy Cross is 200 hundred people. So we may not have more than 50 people at a time inside the church at any give celebration of the Holy Mass or any other celebration of sacraments and liturgy. To offset this limit to 50 people per Mass the following protocol will be in effect beginning Saturday, May 23rd and throughout the summer or until the protocols are updated or changed. WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE Weekend Masses : Saturday: 4:00pm: This Mass, in the past, has never had more than 50 people in attendance, even during the summer season. In anticipation that it will remain under people we will have Mass at the usual time at 4:00pm Saturday afternoons beginning May 23, 2020 Sunday : 8:00am and 10:00am Daily Mass at 9:00am , Monday – Friday Taking advantage of the beauty of Beaver Island and the large area provided by God’s providence, WEATHER PERMITTING both the 8:00am and 10:00am Mass will be held outside on the East lawn facing beautiful Paradise Bay. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO : ➤ Appropriate physical distance must be maintained for individuals and family units. Family units do not need to physical distance from each other. All others need to social distance 6 ft apart. Ushers, or other designated persons (wearing a mask) must keep count of individuals entering the church and supervise the 6ft distance rule between family units. When the seating capacity had been reached, the usher must invite people to return for the next Mass that day or during the week. Every other pew is to remain empty. ➤ Before coming to church, everyone is requested to take their temperature at home. If a person’s temperature is at or above 100.4 (CDC guideline) they and members of their household must remain at home. ➤ Those who are at risk because of age (65 or older) or because of an underlying health issue are strongly encouraged to remain at home for the sake of their own health. Those who are not comfortable being in public for any reason at this time are also encouraged to remain home. Live-streamed Masses in the diocese will continue. ➤ Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should be used before and after receiving Communion. Hand sanitizer will be made available for the communion line. ➤ It is appropriate for people to wear face coverings/masks at this time, and thus the faithful are strongly encouraged wear them. Parents should consider health guidelines and then use their judgement regarding whether small children can our should wear them. Face coverings/masks are for one’s own protection and to protect other people. ➤ Because the faithful may be wearing masks, singing by the assembly might be challenging. There will be no hymnals or missals in the pews. The use of music will be developed as we go. All parishioner who are musically skilled who would be willing to share their talents during mass are encouraged to contact Fr. Jim. ➤ When approaching for Holy Communion, communicants are to pull their mask down under their chin and present their hands. The priest will let those who are receiving on the tongue know there may be special instructions for them. During this time, compliance with these instructions is an act of charity toward those who may fear following them in the Communion line and toward the minister of Communion (e.g. receive after Mass) The distribution of the Precious Blood is prohibited. For those who are gluten intolerant, special arrangements are to be made with the pastor. (e.g. after Mass) ➤ Handholding during the Our Father is not permitted. No Sign of Peace. No passing of collection baskets. The Offertory Procession of Gifts is suspended. OUTDOOR MASS: REMINDER !!! WEATHER PERMITTING … All Sunday 8:00am and 10:00 am Masses will be OUTDOORS. NO REPEAT NO LIMIT TO 50 PEOPLE APPLIES TO OUTSIDE MASS THE GROUNDS ARE HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Social distancing does apply…. ➤ The Same protocol used for Indoor Masses will be used for Outdoor Masses(e.g., no cup, no sign of peace, no passing of collection basket, wash hands before and after communion with sanitizer). ➤ Participants need to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on. ➤ Communion distribution needs to follow the same protocols as for Indoor Masses and will form one line and maintain physical distance 6ft apart. Ushers will assist in keeping the 6ft distance guideline if necessary. NOTE: ALL These directives may be revised and updated depending on the coronavirus situation and the recommendations of the CDC and state and guidelines. WHAT THE CHURCH WILL DO: Facilities preparations (not all protocols are necessary when Mass is outdoors) Appropriate cleaning and disinfection of the church must take place before the first Mass and the after every Mass or use by the public. ● The pastor, with the pastoral counsel will establish a sanitizing and cleaning team. A schedule will be created and maintained to ensure sanitation between uses of the church. ● A thorough cleaning and disinfecting will take place on all surfaces that the public will come in contact with during Mass or other uses of the building. (e.g. adoration) ● Pews, chairs, ambo, microphones will be sanitized after every liturgy. Lectionaries and the Roman Missal will be wiped down. ● Hand rails, door handles, push plates, and knobs will be wiped down after each liturgy and use of the space. Some doors could be propped open for less contact. ● Pews, etc. will wiped down before the next Mass. Trash will be removed and all leftover items in the pews will be removed. ● Bathroom will be sanitized before the next Mass. ● Baptismal fonts and Holy Water stoops are to remain empty until further notice. Let us all remain prayerful patient and supportive through these beautiful days of re-engagement of the celebration of our salvation!