Instructions to Attend Public Mass
Update as of 6/2/21
As more people become vaccinated and the number of COVID-19 cases decline in our area, Bishop McKnight has removed the general dispensation from attending Mass in person, as of June 1. Please join us to worship together, in person, and to receive the Body of Christ in Holy Communion, which nourishes our souls and heals us of our sins! We look forward to welcoming back many of our parishioners, we missed you!
If you have any questions about Newman's policies, please reach out to Fr. Dan!
The St. Thomas More Newman Center has created the following instructions to attend public Mass. These instructions will be under evaluation and are subject to change.
Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state, and local health directives. Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue or who are over 60 are strongly encouraged, for their health, to avoid the risk of attending public Mass.
We will continue to livestream the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass and the Noon Daily Mass on our Facebook page.
Dispensation from the Bishop
Although public Masses are resuming, please note that Bishop McKnight has dispensed the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for all the faithful in the diocese until June 1 provided that they do one of the following:
- Prayerfully participate in the Sunday or holy day of obligation Mass livestreamed from their parish church or chapel, the Cathedral, the Vatican, or of any Mass of the day celebrated in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
- Prayerfully read and meditate on the readings of the Mass for the Sunday or holy days of obligation, and recite the Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet.
About Mass at Newman
- The weekend Mass schedule is: 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. Daily Mass will continue at Noon.
- All parishioners aged 10 and older are required to wear a mask at all times. Children over the age of two are strongly encouraged to do so per the CDC.
- Hand sanitizer is available at entrances to the Newman Center Building
Before Attending Mass
- Attendees are required to wear a mask at all times, except for the brief moment of receiving Holy Communion.
- All attendees are asked to check their temperature, use the bathroom, and drink water at home before coming to church.
- All attendees are asked to follow the instructions listed here and any additional instructions of the staff while in the vicinity of the church.
Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass to ensure you have a seat.
- Seating for Masses will be available on a first come, first served basis. As of the weekend of May 31, one section of the church will remain socially distant and the remainder of the church will be open seating.
- Exit and entrance doors to the church to use the bathroom during Mass will be marked.
- To receive Holy Communion, all attendees will stay in their row and the Eucharistic Minister will come to each unit.
- Attendees may remain in the church to pray for a short time after Mass has ended.