Instructions to Attend Public Mass at Newman
These instructions have been updated on 5/29/20 to reflect the following changes. These changes will be in effect beginning the weekend of June 6-7:
- There will be two weekend Masses: 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The 11 a.m. Sunday Mass will continue to be livestreamed.
- The limitation on the number of daily and weekend Masses you may attend has been lifted.
- Children who have completed kindergarten may attend Mass.
The St. Thomas More Newman Center has created the following instructions to attend public Mass in accordance with requirements set by the Diocese of Jefferson City and the City of Columbia. These instructions have been created to keep everyone safe and healthy and to allow as many of our parishioners to celebrate Mass within the requirements. These instructions will be under evaluation and are subject to change throughout the month.
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 through June 30, 2020. We will continue to livestream the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass and the Noon Daily Mass on our Facebook page.
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.
About Mass at Newman
- There will be two weekend Masses: 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Daily Mass will continue at Noon.
- All attendees are required to sign up to attend Mass. Those who have not signed up will not be permitted to enter the church.
- Children who have completed kindergarten may attend Mass. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and wear a mask at all times.
- The chairs in the Chapel will be in groups of four (4). Each unit of four will hold one household. Your household will be assigned a unit (or units) when entering the church.
- Chairs in the Chapel and additional high contact areas (door handles, bathrooms, etc.) will be cleaned after each celebration of the Mass.
Before Attending Mass
- All attendees are required to wear a mask at all times, except for the brief moment of receiving Holy Communion. Those who are not wearing a mask will not be permitted to enter the church. Masks will not be available at the parish.
- All attendees are required to maintain the social distancing standard of six (6) feet 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.
Signing up for Mass
- You may sign up for a maximum of one Mass per weekend: 5 p.m. Saturday or 11 a.m. Sunday.
- Access the sign ups here. If you have trouble accessing the sign up, please email Theresa Nguyen at [email protected] or call the parish office.
- Entrance into the church will be at two locations for weekend Mass: one set of Gathering Space doors and the north Emergency Exit door.
- Entrance into the church for daily Mass will be the Gathering Space doors.
- Exit and entrance doors to the Chapel to use the bathroom during Mass will be marked.
- The procedure for receiving Holy Communion is as follows:
- All attendees will stay in their unit and the Eucharistic Minister will come to each unit.
- During this time, Holy Communion will only be distributed in the hand in keeping with the advice of state health officials.
- When the Eucharistic Minister approaches each unit, the communicant will present one hand resting on the palm of the other. The Eucharistic Minister will place the Eucharist in the communicant’s hands and the communicant will respond “Amen” with their mask on. After the Eucharistic Minister has stepped aside, the communicant can then reverently place the Eucharist in his or her mouth and replace their mask.
- Attendees may remain in the Chapel to pray for a short time after Mass has ended.
Continued Procedures at Newman
Livestream Mass: Click here to watch our livestream Mass. We are livestreaming daily Mass and the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on our Facebook page, @comonewman. You can view the livestream even if you do not have access to Facebook. The livestream will begin 15 minutes prior to the Mass time, and the video will be available to view at the same link after the Mass is over. Read this Livestream Mass Guide if you are having trouble accessing the livestream.
For those in quarantine: If you are self-quarantined due to age or health and need someone to check on you every few days via phone, the Long Term Care/Homebound Ministry team will help you. If you need an essential item such as groceries or medications, let us know. We will try to identify a resource to help you. Contact the parish office at (573) 449-5424 or email Janet Kelly, receptionist, at [email protected].
Building Hours: The building will be open for private prayer Monday through Saturday from 8-10:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. and on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. The regularly scheduled times of Reconciliation on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4-4:30 p.m. will continue.
Jesus has been moved to the Tabernacle in the main Chapel, and you are welcome to pray there while the building is open. Please be mindful of distancing and having less than 10 people in the Chapel at any time. Please enter through the side door on Turner Avenue. The parish office will be closed, as well as the classrooms upstairs and the student lounge. Staff will continue to regularly check phones and emails.
Event Cancellations: All scheduled in-person events have been canceled now until further notice.
Campus Ministry Information
As all the campuses we serve grapple with the news of remote classes, St. Thomas More Newman Center and Parish staff is with you, especially our students, faculty, and staff as you grieve the loss of these months on campus. To our seniors, we are working on moving as much of our planned senior sendoff process online as we can and will keep you updated on the process. Our mission does not change, even as our circumstances do.
Campus Ministry Virtual Office Hours: Your Campus Ministry team is here to support you. Please contact our campus ministers if you would like to set up an appointment (in person or virtual):
Online Prayer Resources: Click here