Returning to Mass
The following are specific Directives andGuidelines for St Joan of Arc Parish:
It is imperative that social distancing be practiced before during and after Mass.
Families may sit together, however there must be 6 feet between families or individual parishioners in a pew. Look for tape markings in the open pews to help determine proper distancing.
The cry room and the bathroom in it will be closed until further notice. Only two people will be allowed in the sacristy and each bathroom at one time.
Please do not congregate in the narthex or other meeting areas before or after Mass. Please feel free to visit in our outdoor spaces.
For the sake and consideration of the health and safety of our parish family, it is strongly advised that everyone in attendance wear a mask. All Eucharistic Ministers must wear a mask while distributing Communion.
Hymnals, Missalettes and other such materials have been removed from the church. A worship aid with prayers, songs and other information will be handed out as you enter the church. These worship aides can only be used at one Mass so we ask that after Mass you take your worship aid with you and dispose of it in the provided recycle bin as you exit.
The Collection Baskets will not be passed during Mass. Instead, there will be stationary baskets in the entrance ways where you may drop in your offering.
It is highly encouraged and strongly recommended that you receive Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue. Holy Communion is not to be distributed with gloves, nor may it be received in the hand with gloves.
For the distribution of Communion there will be two or four Eucharistic Ministers available at each Mass. Please note, for his safety, Fr. Chris will not be distributing Communion. There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood until further notice. Those sitting in the two center sections will exit in the center aisle (opposite the side they would normally come out) and proceed up to the minister staying close to the pews. If there are four Ministers, those who sit in the side aisles will move forward in regular fashion staying close to the pews. When processing forward to receive Communion, please leave one pews length between you and the person in front of you.
When approaching the Eucharistic Minister while wearing a mask, we ask that you pull your mask down, bow your head in normal fashion, receive Holy Communion in your hand, replace your mask after receiving and move back to your pew.
The Book of Intentions that normally sits in the narthex has been removed until further notice. If you have specific intentions that you want remembered, please contact Jennifer Lawrence at ext. 104 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekday Masses are held Tuesday thru Friday at 8:30 am in the main church (center sections only). The Chapel will remain closed for now for weekday Celebrations. Confessions are offered by appointment only until further notice. If you have any questions regarding these directives and guidelines, please call our office at 330-626-3424, or the Office of Worship at the Diocese at 330-744-8451 Ext 282.Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.