COVID-19 Safety Procedures

The procedures described below are in accordance with both the most recent government regulations and the archdiocese directives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the archdiocese always defers to the more recent state and local directives to keep our parishes healthy and safe.

Please keep in mind the current COVID-19 procedures which are posted here and on the on-line liturgy sign up:

  1. Attendance at the liturgy is limited to 50 people inclusive of clergy, chanters and servers. If you would like to attend liturgy, you must sign up.
  2. We ask that if you are elderly or at risk that you not attend liturgy. If you are not well or have come in contact with someone with COVID, please do not attend liturgy.
  3. Masks must be worn at all times. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, and use it frequently.
  4. Please only use the front door of the church proper; the hall door will be locked.
  5. If you choose to light a candle, please sanitize your hands before and after, and reach for it using a tissue. As baskets will not be passed during liturgy, please leave any offering in the trays in the vestibule. Please make and/or pay for donations using our website, by phone or mail. The bengari will not be “open.”
  6. Only those living in the same household should sit together.
  7. It goes without saying that there should be no kissing, handshakes and hugs. Remember that social distancing is the key.
  8. When coming to communion, please leave ample room with the person in front of you and the person in back of you.
  9. At the end of liturgy, please return to your cars as soon as possible. Fr. John will meet parishioners at the back of the church for the final blessing.
health-first-pew-closed

More on Social Distancing

(See #6 and #7 in procedures)
  • Sit only in open pews which are marked with a pew number (such as Pew #3R).
  • Do not sit in any closed pews or remove blue tape.
  • Please maintain 6 feet between you and others outside of your household.
  • There will be no hugging, handshakes or kissing, including kissing of icons, the cross and gospel. To appropriately venerate the gospel, cross or icon, please bow your head.
  • During the “kiss of peace”, simply bow your head towards each other.

communion-chalice

More on Communion Procedures

(See #8 in procedures)
  • When coming to communion, please leave ample room with the person in front of you and the person in back of you.
  • Communion will continue in accordance with the church’s tradition. Tilt your head back and open your mouth wide to allow Father John to put the Body and Blood in; do not close your lips on the spoon. Do not wipe your mouth with the communion cloth after receiving communion. After you receive communion, please put your mask on before returning to your seat
  • The Antidoron (holy bread) will not be handed out after communion. It will be distributed after the dismissal by the front doors of the church.
  • Father John will be wearing a face mask during the distribution of communion and during the dismissal for his protection and the protection of others.
air-circulation

Air Circulation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, increased circulation of outside air is important. To ensure proper air ventilation, the front doors and doors inside the nave of the church will be left open.

On the CDC website, there is a section devoted specifically to communities of faith . The sub-section titled “Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation” states: “...ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, etc…”

With this in mind, please plan accordingly and bring sweaters, jackets or coats to church.

You may also wish to find a seat away from the open doors.