FAQ FOR ATTENDING PUBLIC MASS
Merry Christmas! We are grateful to be offering 13 Christmas Masses.
Our primary goal is to keep you and all attending Mass safe. For this reason, we ask you to please read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Christmas Mass Attendees listed below.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Please arrive 25-10 minutes before Mass with all the members of your party all at once. Do not arrive any earlier than 25 minutes before Mass. If you’re not all together when you arrive, please stay in your car or use a designated waiting area.
When you arrive at the church or parish center, an usher will greet you at the door and check your name off the list. Your reservation will be held up to 5 minutes after Mass starts. If you have not arrived 5 minutes into Mass, your spots may be given to additional attendees on a waitlist.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
*Please bring your own mask and wear it at church at all times.* You may only take your mask off for communion. A special bulletin with readings, hymns, a special Christmas message from Fr. Gray, and more will be provided.
HOW DO I MAKE MY CHRISTMAS GIFT?
Please MAKE YOUR GIFT ONLINE HERE. Also, there is a collection basket in the gathering space for gifts of cash or check. Thank you for your generous support!
CAN I USE THE RESTROOMS AT THE CHURCH?
Yes, but please remember to avoid crowding around the restrooms or in the gathering space.
WHERE CAN I SIT?
There are units marked off in the pews for people who are coming alone and for groups of 2, of 4, and of 6-7. An Usher will help you find an appropriate place to sit.
HOW DOES COMMUNION WORK?
Stay in your pew. If you are wearing gloves, take them off. If you are still wearing a mask, take it off before the priest or other minister comes by. If there are more than a couple people in your pew, please step out of the pew so that anyone can receive Communion who needs to; the priest or minister will be staying in the aisle, so be sure to leave plenty of room. If you receive Communion, you must receive on your hand; you may not receive Communion on the tongue.
DO I HAVE TO RECEIVE COMMUNION?
No, you do not. If you’re uncomfortable with receiving Communion right now, please don’t feel compelled or embarrassed! Just remain kneeling when the priest or ministers walks by your pew and they will keep going. When you’re at Mass—not just now but always—you are never obliged to receive Communion. Like with everything else, you should do what is right for you, and not just what other people might be doing!
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL THINGS I SHOULD REMEMBER WHEN I LEAVE?
Before you go, please put down your kneeler to help us sanitize the church for the next Mass. Be sure to take all your belongings and maintain social distancing—do not pause while you’re at church to catch up with friends. As you leave, the ushers will help you maintain social distancing. Also, you may use any exit door of the church, like the glass doors at the East and West of the church that usually have signs that say “emergency exit."
DISCLAIMER FROM THE DIOCESE OF SALT LAKE CITY
As we gradually and cautiously re-open our Churches for public worship in accord with Governmental directives, please note the following:
- The Parish/Mission will take every precaution it can to disinfect these premises and arrange for proper “Social Distancing” to enhance your safety from the coronavirus. However, by entering this building all individuals agree to the following:
- To acknowledge that the Church cannot guarantee your safety in attending this worship service or other activity
- To take all responsibility for your own well-being and health against the Novel Coronavirus and hold the Church and Diocese harmless (not liable) since the virus can be spread by those who are asymptomatic
- To understand that the normal Sunday obligation to attend Mass is currently suspended in the Diocese of Salt Lake City
- To not attend Mass or other activities, for the common good, if you are vulnerable, ill or afraid of infection; but rather to participate by live-streaming or other pious devotions
- To observe proper “Social Distancing” of six-feet at all times
- To obey all instructions given by hospitality ministers, ushers and clergy
- To wear a mask while entering and exiting, if over the age of three
- To pray for the well-being and health of one another
Posted per instruction of Msgr. Colin F. Bircumshaw, Vicar General of the Diocese of Salt Lake City