575 Tuskawilla Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708 (407) 699-5683

Prayerfully Returning to Church

As you may have already heard Bishop Noonan announced in his video (see video below), that we will prayerfully be returning to public worship.   However, we will need to respect the restrictions and guidelines that the health professionals have provided in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Bishop Noonan has informed us that we are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday until further notice.

Here are some initial guidelines regarding how we are going to proceed.

 Weekday morning Masses and Private Prayer

  • Currently we are open for Weekday morning Mass Monday through Friday at 7 am and on Saturday at 8:30 am.

If you are sick or are experiencing ANY symptoms of sickness please DO NOT ATTEND Mass. Those who are vulnerable or have compromised immune systems should also remain at home.

  • Only certain Pews will be available for seating, so as to allow for social distancing. Therefore, it is extremely important that you please sit ONLY in the designated pews.
  • You are encouraged to wear face masks and please maintain a distance of 6 ft from other parishioners, 3 persons per pew, except for couples and families.
  • You will only be able to enter the church through the front glass door on the South side. All other doors will be locked.
  • At the end of the morning Masses, the designated areas will be sanitized.
  • The Church will stay open after morning Mass for anyone who would like to visit for private prayer, Monday through Friday until 1 pm.
  • During this time of private prayer, please see the sign by the Vestry which will indicate the designated area for you to use.  
  • Confessions will be available by appointment only. Call the church office at 407-699-5683                

Weekend Masses

  • We will resume our weekend Masses on Saturday May 30th (Feast of Pentecost) with the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 pm and Sunday Masses at 9 am and 11 am.

If you are sick or are experiencing ANY symptoms of sickness please DO NOT ATTEND Mass. Those who are vulnerable or have compromised immune systems should also remain at home.

  • The Sunday Mass at 9 am will continue to be Live Streamed as we are currently doing. The Links can be found on the Website, Myparish App and on Facebook.
  • We encourage you to wear face masks, and practice social distancing by staying 6ft from other parishioners.
  • Entry to the Church will be through the two front glass doors only.
  • There will be a maximum of 250 people allowed in the church at each Mass, since we have to be at 25% of capacity including room for social distancing. Unfortunately, once that number is reached, we will have to secure the doors.  Hopefully this will not happen.  

  • During Weekend Masses, please sit in the pews that are not taped off, 3 persons per pew, except for couples and families.
  • The Holy Water fonts will be empty for safety reasons; however, you are still encouraged to make the gesture of the sign of the cross without the water.
  • Hymnals and Missalettes have been removed from pews and all music will be projected. You have permission to use your phone to use myparishapp or any other app that has the readings and prayers of that Mass.
  • The nursery will remain closed.
  • The collection basket will not be passed around, but will be placed at all the exit doors (front and side), to allow you to put in your offering as you exit. For your convenience, if you have not yet signed up for online giving, please click on this link and take advantage of this free service. The Donate now button will take you to the sign up page.
  • There will be no shaking hands during the sign of peace and no holding hands during the Our Father.
  • During Communion:
    • We will not be offering the Precious Blood (Cup) only the Body of Christ (Bread)
    • Please allow 6 ft of space from each other in the communion line, coming forward in single file.
    • Communion will only be given in the hand, not on the tongue.
    • For those wearing gloves, they will need to be removed in order to receive the Body of Christ in their hands as particles of the Host can adhere to the gloves.
  • At the conclusion of Mass, parishioners are encouraged to leave the premises in an orderly fashion and as quickly as possible, so as to allow for the Church and bathrooms to be sanitized. There should be no congregating during this time of social distancing.

These guidelines are part of the first phase of opening the church and might change due to possible changes in the health of the community, per Bishop Noonan.

These protocols have been carefully and thoughtfully provided to ensure that during this initial phase of our return to Church, we can safely do so as a community who respects one another and who joyously worships our God.

If you would like a transcript of Bishop Noonan’s Video please click on this link: https://www.orlandodiocese.org/bishop-noonans-reopening-message

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