FAQ FOR ATTENDING PUBLIC MASS
Thanks be to God! We are grateful to once again offer public Mass and to welcome you, the St. Mary's family, back home to our beautiful Church. You can register to attend Mass here.
In the coming weekends, 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 Mass Attendees listed below about the practices we are adopting for the time being.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Please bring your own mask and wear it at church at all times. You may only remove your mask for communion. Also, since there aren’t missalettes in the pews, you might want to bring your own resource for following along with the readings, like MAGNIFICAT or the USCCB WEBSITE.
CAN I COME IF I HAVE COLD-LIKE SYMPTOMS?
Absolutely not. During this time of social-distancing, please stay home and do not come to church if you have any cold- or flu-like symptoms. Also, if you begin to have a persistent cough or runny nose during Mass, or otherwise feel unwell, please go home right away.
IS IT SAFE TO GO TO THE CHURCH?
We have been taking great care to keep the church clean in general, to sanitize the church after every Mass, and to find processes that protect the safety of everyone who visits. Your safety comes first!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET TO THE CHURCH?
When you arrive at the church, an usher will greet you at the door and check your name off the list. Please arrive 30-5 minutes before Mass with all the members of party all at once; if you’re not all together when you arrive, please stay in your car or use a designated waiting area. Please do not bring more people than what you reserved.
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.
CAN I USE THE RESTROOMS AT THE CHURCH?
Yes, but please remember to avoid crowding around the restrooms or in the gathering space.
HOW DO I MAKE MY SUNDAY GIFT?
Please MAKE YOURS GIFTS ELECTRONICALLY HERE, either online by credit card or by ACH (automatic bank account withdrawal). Also, there is a collection basket in the gathering space for gifts of cash or check. Thank you for your generous support!
CAN I LIGHT A CANDLE OR PRAY NEAR THE TABERNACLE?
Yes, but only before Mass, and please remember to keep a safe distance from other people.
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. Instead of going to where you usually liked to sit at Mass, please find a place that is just large enough for your group. Individual seats are marked with a yellow tag, spaces for 2 with a blue tag, and larger sections with a green tag. An Usher will help you find a place to sit if you need assistance.
CAN I HOLD HANDS DURING THE OUR FATHER?
Holding hands during the Our Father is discouraged. Do not hold hands with anyone not in your own family.
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!
AFTER MASS, CAN I STAY AND PRAY A LITTLE WHILE?
Please make your prayer of thanksgiving right after you receive Communion. The ushers will encourage everyone to leave as soon as Mass has ended. You can come back to the Church during its open times during the week (no reservation required): Monday-Thursday, 3pm-6pm, with Eucharist Exposition at 5pm and Benediction at 5:50.
IF NEED BE, CAN I LEAVE EARLY?
Yes, but once Communion has started, you must stay in place until Mass has ended, just like always.
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