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Archbishop Blair’s Letter
On the Celebration of Sunday Mass
Beginning, Sunday, July 5, 2020
At St. Thomas the Apostle parish
The following is an abridged addition of requirements for those attending Sunday Masses in
the Archdiocese of Hartford beginning July 4th , 2020.
- “No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including the parking lot.
- All members of the Congregation need to wear masks. [People who claim an exemption for a legitimate health reason
(one that does not pose a risk to others) may forego wearing the mask.
- No congregational singing at all, since singing has been shown to spread the disease easily.
Health experts indicate that singing produces 6-10 times more droplets from our mouths than recitation.
- There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father and no invitation to exchange a sign of peace.
- All Communion lines should be single file, with people wearing masks, approaching row by row and keeping six feet apart, except for family members.
Neither the priest nor the communicants should wear gloves during the distribution of Holy Communion.
- Communicants will receive the consecrated host in their hand, step to the side, lower their mask, consume the host,
replace the mask, and return to their pew.
- Tape on the floor should indicate where to stand as a communicant approaches to receive Communion.
There also will be tape on the floor to who where to stand to unmask, and consume the host,
and arrows showing how to return to the pews.
- At the end of Mass people should observe safe distancing in exiting, pew by pew.
- Communion on the tongue should be excluded for the sake of the health of others,
with the understanding that it will be allowed at a later date when it is safe to do so.”
- Because we cannot allow more than 100 congregants at Mass- please choose
Mass least attended (7:30AM or 11:00AM) Avoid the Vigil Mass.
- For Catholics who may choose not to attend a weekend Mass, a
dispensation has been granted until November 28, 2020.
During these unprecedented times we are so very grateful
to parishioners who have continued to send in your weekly
church offertory donations.
Your generosity assists us in maintaining our weekly operating costs.
We also have for your convenience, an Online Giving Program. Using this
program helps reduce our cost and saves you postage and time.
You can find the link here
This will bring you to their website to register.
Contact the office for further information if needed.
SEYMOUR-OXFORD FOOD BANK COLLECTION:
The Oxford Food Bank is in need of the Following Items for the month of Sept:
- Baked Beans
- Canned Pasta (Chef Boyardee)
- Tomato Sauce
- Canned Chicken
There is a drop off box in the Church vestibule. The Church will continue
to remain open for personal prayer Saturday through Thursday morning.