Bishop Paprocki has given us new directives in regards to mass and communion services. I want to share with you what we are going to do based on my understanding of them.
Public masses are still forbidden. However, we are now allowed to hold communion services with a maximum of 10 people with social distancing. Deacon Denny and myself are going to offer this opportunity to receive communion at Ss Mary and Joseph and Ss Simon and Jude. We will not be offering communion services at St Joseph primarily due to the sidewalks being ripped up as well as (secondarily) the lack of easy access for people with mobility issues.
In both parishes, we will have two communion service stations.
In Carlinville, it will be in the church and the gym.
In Gillespie, it will be in the church and the school basement.
In both parishes, we will enter on one side of the property and exit the other side.
In Carlinville, we will enter in on the east side of the property and exit on the west side.
People can enter through the gym door and exit through the office side door.
People will enter through the east side double doors, enter the church, and exit the west side doors.
In Gillespie, we will enter through the South side and exit through the North side of the two buildings.
The reason for the separate entrances and exits is to maintain social distancing as much as possible.
There will be ushers to regulate the number of people in the service.
We will have communion services at:
Sat 4pm Gillespie
Sat 5:30pm Carlinville
Sun 9am Carlinville
Sun 10:30am Gillespie
We will start and have continuous services until everyone who wants to receive is able to. We will remain for at least 30 minutes at each place.
Each service takes approximately 5-10 minutes. We expect that we will be able to distribute communion in a reasonable time frame.
Remember – the dispensation from mass is still in effect.
If you are vulnerable or do not feel safe attending the communion service, you do not need to do so.
If you would like one of us to distribute communion to you in your home, please call the office.
We expect this to all go well. If it does not, please be patient with us.