2020.5.3 – Masses to begin on Wednesday
Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parishioners,
[Bishop Kemme’s message and documents can be accessed here: https://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/bishopletters/resuming-mass/]
It is with great joy that I announce that Masses are to resume on Wednesday May 6th.
With the relaxation of the shelter-in-place restrictions, and with the six-foot social distancing requirements enforced, we will be able to resume Mass this Wednesday at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m..
We, as a parish family, must remain concerned for the public safety of persons vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 virus remains a threat to our society and to our parish. Persons vulnerable to this virus are encouraged stay home and to not expose themselves. If you are aged, infirmed, or in frail health you should not attend. Persons showing symptoms of this virus MUST stay home. And those who choose to come to Mass must protect the health of others and their own health by using masks, sanitizer, and maintaining a six-foot distance from others. We encourage you to bring your own masks and sanitizer.
However, in accord with the six-foot social distancing rule still in effect, we will only be able to accommodate 175 persons at each Mass. Only the doors to the main entrance of the Church will be open. All persons will be counted at the doors of the main entrance. If a daily Mass exceeds 175 persons, a second Mass will be offered immediately following, for those who wish to attend Mass.
Next weekend, Sunday Masses will also resume with the six-foot social distancing requirements enforced. But, remember, there still is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Please allow myself and my administrative team a few days to discern ways to accommodate your access to Sunday Mass. I will communicate those accommodations via recorded message through Flocknote. Please wait for that message and refrain from calling the front office. By the end of this week I will share with you a final plan for the celebration of Sunday Masses on May 9th and May 10th.
At this time, this announcement concerns ONLY the celebration of Mass. All other parish devotions and functions remain indefinitely postponed.
However, it is important to emphasize, in order to protect oneself and others from the spread of this virus, there is still no obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
• Masses will resume on Wednesday.
• If you are aged, infirmed, or in frail health you should not attend.
• Sunday Mass is still not an obligation.
• Those coming to Mass must maintain six-foot distancing.
• We encourage you to bring you own masks and sanitizer.
• More information will be forthcoming this week.
Please be patient with us as we make plans for this upcoming weekend.