Letter from Father regarding Covid-19 and our Masses

Here is a letter from Father Bradford dated June 13, 2020 regarding the latest updates on the Covid-19 precautions as they relate to our worship:

My Dear People,

Gathering together once again for the celebration of the beautiful Ordinariate Mass is an occasion for which we have all prayed. And it will happen, thanks be to God, tomorrow, Sunday, June 14th. Providentially this Sunday is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, and marks the beginning of the world-wide Year of the Eucharist. Our joy is tempered only by the fact we are suffering a pandemic, and Covid-19 is a nasty business. And as you are aware it is extremely contagious.

Mass is inherently a high-risk activity, given that it involves people gathering together indoors for an extended period of time. A recent study found 2.6% of Boston residents were asymptomatic and positive for Covid. Your local community figures may be different. But there is a chance someone at Mass will be Covid positive. Volunteers and money spent are making churches as safe as possible, but it is still safer to stay home. We will respect anyone’s decision to stay home. Remember the obligation for Sunday Mass is dispensed indefinitely in the Archdiocese of Boston.

If you are 60 or older, or have ongoing health conditions, you should consider avoiding Mass for the foreseeable future. And if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 you must stay at home. If after attending Mass you become ill with Covid symptoms, it is your responsibility to notify us so we may report the incident to the local department of health. We have an obligation to do that for contact tracing.

If you are coming to Mass:

  • Please do not arrive early, or enter the Church while the cleaning is in progress. Entering early will delay or compromise the cleaning being done after the 9am Mass.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer/wipes. Bringing your own disinfectant materials is a recommended extra precaution.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn in the Church at all times except during reception of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Enter the church from the parking lot using the left side doors nearest the rectory. After Mass exit the right side doors into the parking lot.
  • Maintain at least six feet of social distancing and have two empty pews between you and the next worshippers. The pews have been roped off accordingly. Family members may sit together.
  • A specific protocol will be given just prior to the administration of communion.

Blessings to you all and best regards.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Father Bradford