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Holy Week and Easter Reminders
Reminders for Holy Week  
 
See below for our Holy Week Schedule and Times ...
Here are a few reminders regarding Holy Week at Holy Spirit Parish
 
  • First and foremost, all current safety procedures will be strictly enforced including social distancing and mask wearing in the church at all times. Communion will be distributed by the priest while you remain in your pew and will distributed in the HAND ONLY and not on the tongue. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Holy Thursday Morning Prayer ~ Morning prayer will be both in-person and livestreamed from Sacred Heart Church. 
  • Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper ~ We will be livestreaming this Mass from Sacred Heart Church beginning at 7pm on April 1. Please note due to the Triduum church site rotation, this will be the only Triduum Mass livestreamed. 
  • Good Friday Morning Prayer ~ Morning prayer will be in-person only (no livestream) 
  • Holy Saturday Morning Prayer ~ Morning prayer will be in-person only (no livestream)
  • BOOKLETS for morning prayer will be available in the church for your convenience. If you take a booklet, please keep it and take it with you for use at all morning prayers. Please DO NOT leave it in the pew.
Reminders for Easter Sunday  

See below for our Easter Sunday Mass Schedule
  • Easter Sunday MassFirst and foremost, all current safety procedures will be strictly enforced including social distancing and mask wearing in the church at all times. Communion will be distributed by the priest while you remain in your pew and will distributed in the HAND ONLY and not on the tongue. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Easter Sunday Mass times are listed below
  • As a reminder, the 9:00am Mass at Sacred Heart will be available via livestream. Please click the link below to access the 9am livestream.
  • --> Please note the Easter Sunday morning Mass at Holy Ghost is at 7:30am not 7:00am. 
Easter Sunday Mass Online

Prayer Resources

ONLINE MASS (Pre-recorded)
Opportunities for online Mass with the Archbishop will continue to be available. Click the button below for the broadcast schedule. 

DAILY PRAYER RESOURCES

Please visit these websites for resources for your daily prayer life or other prayer opportunities:

FAMILY RESOURCES
Please refer to the Archdiocesan webpage for family resources during COVID-19.

Archdiocese Live Broadcasts

COVID Updates & Reminders
 

REQUIRED for attending Mass at Holy Spirit


Masks are REQUIRED to attend Mass at Holy Spirit Parish. If you do not have a mask, there are some available at the church entrances. Also, as the number of Mass attendees increases there is a chance we may need to turn people away so as to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines. 


Parish Office Closure
Due to COVID-19, the Parish Office will remain closed to walk-ins for your health and the health of our staff. We will still keep reduced office hours (8am-noon, Monday-Friday) for the time being, so if you need to speak with someone, please call 563-583-1709 and we will be happy to help!  If you have something to turn in to the office, please place it inside the front storm door at the parish office in the locked depository box on the left under the shelf. We will retrieve items during business hours.

Guidelines for Attending Mass at Holy Spirit Parish

Please review the following guidelines implemented for the celebration of public Mass until further notice.

  • All (including children) must wear masks before, during, and following Mass (while in church/parking lot areas). The CDC recommends children under the age of two do not wear a mask; please refrain from bringing children under the age of two to Mass until restrictions have been lifted.
  • Seating will be limited; please sit only in open (untaped/unroped) pews minding social distancing guidelines; please do not disturb, change placement of or remove blue tape or rope on pews
  • Once pews are filled we will be at capacity and admittance will cease, pews may not be held or saved for others
  • Families or those living in the same household may sit together in a pew; if room permits, others may enter the same pew IF proper distance is available. Families living in different households must maintain proper social distancing guidelines.
  • Church pews, handrails, kneelers, door handles, high use areas, etc. will be sanitized after each Mass
  • Holy Water fonts and cisterns will be remain empty
  • Sanitizer will be available at all church entrances
  • Rest rooms (in churches) will be available and sanitized following Mass
  • Church halls (Kriebs, Terence, and Paraclete) will be CLOSED during Mass, including the rest rooms located in those halls
  • All printed materials (including the bulletins) will be removed from churches, please refer to the parish website to view the weekly bulletin
  • There will be no missalettes or music issues available for use in pews
  • Social distancing must be observed (at least six feet apart) in church and parking lot areas
  • Please refrain from singing during Mass
  • There will be no (or very limited) liturgical ministers
  • Please refrain from greeting or gathering before and/or after Mass in church and/or parking lot areas
  • There will be no collection during Mass, collection boxes will be placed at church entrances
  • There will be no offertory/gift procession
  • Please avoid physical contact during the Our Father and Sign of Peace
  • Only the Precious Body will be offered at Communion and placed only in the hand (not on the tongue)
  • There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood
  • Logistics are still being considered for each location concerning the distribution of Holy Communion. NOTE: Priests will begin by bringing Communion to the people in the pews and adjust if need be as we proceed.
Please keep in mind these other important points when considering attending Mass:
  1.  The coronavirus is still with us. Following social distancing guidelines in regard to gathering for a liturgy or a devotional in church will result in less space, reducing greatly the number of people who can attend. 
  2. Dispensation from the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass and holy days will remain in effect until further notice, most likely until a vaccine is available.
  3. Please refrain from attending if you are sick, were recently sick (in the past 14 days), or have an underlying medical condition; or, if you are concerned about contracting COVID-19 or live with or care for someone who is at higher risk due to underlying medical conditions or advanced age, or is sick. Additionally, those who are frail due to advanced age, are under the age of two, and those who work in a high risk profession should abstain from attending Mass.
  4. Daily Mass will be offered each day (regular schedule) with the same restrictions.
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