Bishop John Noonan has highly recommended that those vaccinated and unvaccinated, out of an abundance of caution, wear facemasks while attending mass. Anyone participating in other activities on-site, including faith formation classes and ministry meetings are required to wear a mask. Masks are available in the Gathering Space on the Welcome Desk as well as in the front office and in the SPY youth room for anyone who needs one.
Below is information from the Diocese of Orlando regarding the latest protocols for masks and expectations for those who are exposed to the covid 19 virus.
As we welcome our children and parishioners back, we provide important protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While we know these protocols might be difficult for some to accept, we are acting in what we believe is in the best interest of the children and adults we serve, as well as the teachers and ministers who bring the Word of God to our communities. God is truly with us, and we will persevere for His ministries.
· While the COVID positivity rate in your county is 8% or higher, masks will be required for all indoor activities, including children’s catechesis, youth ministry, and adult ministry. THE DIOCESE WILL INFORM US IF AND WHEN THIS CHANGES FOR OUR PARISH.
· When the transmission status in your county is reduced below the 8% positivity rate, masks will become optional. THE DIOCESE WILL INFORM US IF AND WHEN THIS CHANGES FOR OUR PARISH.
Exposure Protocol: Parish Protocols for in person catechesis, youth ministry, and adult formation regarding participants or volunteers that have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 are as follows:
People who are fully vaccinated are allowed to return to parish activities after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and continue to wear a mask indoors following exposure.
Non-vaccinated may not return to parish for 14 days following an exposure or can show proof of a positive COVID-19 illness within the past 3 months and have no symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath).
· Anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 must refrain from attending and participating in catechetical classes or events.
These general COVID-19 protocols will be monitored and adjusted as needed for the safety of our children, young people, parishioners and staff within our parishes. We pray for you and your families. We ask God to protect those entrusted to our care and all involved in ministry.
Click here for information from the Center for Disease Control on recommendations and directions on how to wear face masks effectively. Please also continue to safely wash hands before coming to mass, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing, especially, during Communion. We recognize the cases of Covid-19 are on the rise again in the state of Florida and will do anything in our power to prevent exposure while on the property.
We will continue to do our best to provide Mass via live-stream for those who would like to participate from home. Click here for the St. Patrick Youtube channel for Sunday Mass livestream at 8:30 a.m. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work together to ensure that our worship experience is safe for all!
Our Mass Schedule will resume to our regular schedule beginning Sunday, September 5th. Masses will be at 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 am in English and at 1:30 pm in Spanish.
Reconciliation: 3:00 p.m.
Mass: 4:00 PM
Mass: 7:30 AM; 9:30 AM; 11:30 AM; 1:30 PM (Spanish)
Please note: Each day and following each Sunday Mass, the Church doors will be locked so that sanitation procedures can be completed.
Pope Francis prayed for prudence as communities begin lifting their lockdowns.
The Holy Father said, “At this time, we pray that the Lord would give his people – all of us – the grace of prudence and obedience to the instructions so that the pandemic does not return.” As this process unfolds, there will certainly be challenges, but the safety of our community will remain the benchmark.
What to expect when you come to church:
- The General Dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place
- If you are at-risk because of age or an underlying health issue, we encourage you to stay home for your own health and to avoid any risk of contracting the virus. Also, stay home if you are sick. We will do our best to continue our efforts to live-stream Mass.
- Social Distancing will be maintained
- The recommended social distancing guideline of six feet will need to be respected when entering and leaving the church, as well as in regard to seating and the Communion procession.
- Safety practices will be implemented
- We strongly suggest all wear a mask. Please remain masked until just before your turn to receive Communion, then return the mask to your face.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be filled, but you may also bring your own sanitizer.
- Only the front doors will be open when you arrive; the side doors will be locked.
- Seating will be limited to every-other row.
- Members of the same household may sit together, but allow 6’ between others.
- Coffee and donuts will be suspended.
- Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, and kissing when greeting others.
- Liturgical changes will be in place
- Missals will be removed from the pews. Song lyrics will be projected and you may use a smart phone or a “Give Us This Day” daily prayer book to access the readings for Mass if necessary.
- Homilies will be brief as a way to shorten the Mass.
- The offertory procession and collection will be suspended. You may drop your envelope in the collection basket near the baptismal font as you enter the church.
- The Sign of Peace will be exchanged with a wave or verbal greeting.
- The distribution of the Precious Blood will remain suspended.
- The Communion process has returned to pre-pandemic procedures.
Online Resources during This Time of Social Distancing
During this time of COVID-19, people and communities like ours are trying to courageously practice “social distancing” for the common good. And at the same time, we are called to fight the effects of anxiety and isolation that increase when so much of our experience and understanding is being turned upside down.
Perhaps during this extraordinary moment, we might commit ourselves to finding creative ways to be Church. Let us strive to be Church with our neighbors through phone calls, video-chats, letter-writing, social media messages … the things that will remind others that they – and we – are not alone.
Unfortunately, there are some people trying to take advantage of this situation and scam people. Please note that the priests will never email or text you personally asking for help. If you are unsure of a message you received please call the office at (352) 383-8556 to verify its integrity.
For more information on various resources, please click on the drop down menu and go to the topic you wish to view. We hope that sharing these opportunities will help our community stay engaged and connected.
Livestream Mass from St. Patrick at our St. Patrick Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3jhCVQwLdUbsU8-NlzhXMA
Masses Sunday (at 8:30 am) and Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.
- Through the gift of technology, experience our Masses live as they happen, or watch them anytime
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Sunday Giving and Donations
The outreach St. Patrick’s continues to provide, as well as the ongoing daily operations of the parish (payroll, utilities, maintenance, etc.) are dependent on your generous regular giving. If you are already giving to the parish online – thank you! If you would like to learn how you can give online, please click Here. Thank you for your generosity!