St. Mary Parish- Hollidaysburg
St. Michael the Archangel Parish- Hollidaysburg
In light of the new directives sent out by Bishop Mark, please note the following which will become effective at the Vigil of Pentecost:
1. All pews in the churches will be available for parishioners.
2. Masks will now be optional, but those at greater risk or without vaccination are encouraged to continue wearing masks. Disposable masks will be available.
3. Holy water will be available to the public. We’ll continue to make use of the touchless holy water dispensers as well as fonts.
4. Choirs will resume so long as the members are comfortable doing so.
5. Worship aids will continue to be published and used until new OCP supplies are available at the beginning of Advent.
6. The sign of peace will remain “the wave of peace” for those not from the same family.
7. Offertory processions will resume, but the current collection procedures (baskets at the church doors) will continue to be used.
8. Those uncomfortable coming to Mass without masks and physical distancing will have the option of attending in person in the social halls of the parishes. Here, physical distancing and use of masks will continue to be observed. Masses will still be streamed to the social halls and Holy Communion will be available at the same time everyone else receives. Either one or two extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion (depending upon whether a deacon is present) will need to assist at weekend Masses.
9. Churches and other spaces will continue to be treated with aerosolized antimicrobials in the same way as is already occurring.
10. Pews will be sanitized at least once per week. Door handles and other frequently-touched surfaces will continue to be wiped down regularly.
11. Sanitizers will continue to be available. Sanitizer should be used before receiving Holy Communion. Therefore, the Communion procession will continue to come forward by way of the side aisles and return to the pew via the center aisle.
12. Servers who are children and unvaccinated should continue to wear masks so long as this is consistent with the wishes of their parents or guardians.
13. All ministers of Holy Communion will sanitize their hands before distributing Communion.
14. Communion will continue to be distributed under one form only. Communicants are encouraged to receive in the hand, though they may receive on the tongue.
15. The confessionals will only be used after we can assure that they have sufficient air exchange and ventilation. Otherwise, confessions will continue in the social halls.
16. The dispensation from the Sunday obligation which has been in effect will continue likely through the summer. Those who are ill or of compromised health will not bound by the Sunday obligation even when it returns.
17. People who are feeling ill should remain at home and participate in Mass virtually. Parents, please keep sick children at home.