Little Flower Parish Family:
Since our return to public Mass on Wednesday May 6, 2020 we have continually reviewed what precautions and procedures we have put in place at Little Flower Parish in an attempt to provide a safe environment with regard to the potential spread of the coronavirus, as best we can.
Updates to Mass Times
Over time, along with updated information on how the virus is most likely to spread, together with our desire to provide additional opportunities for those who desire to attend Mass, we have made the following changes:
1. We have restored the mass of anticipation on Saturdays at its previously scheduled time of 5:00PM. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also again be available from 3:30PM to 4:30PM on Saturdays. For the foreseeable future the Sacrament will be available in the Family Life Center. (Because these changes in schedule are of such short notice as it applies to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Father Alberic has agreed to be available this Saturday Morning June 13th following the 9:00 AM daily Mass in addition to scheduled afternoon session).
2. The pews available to parishioners during Mass will be increased to every other pew vice the practice of every third pew currently in effect. We believe this change will provide additional available seating while providing ample space for the practice of social distancing. Beginning this weekend, the responsibility for ensuring adequate social distancing really falls on those who are in attendance.
3. We will no longer conduct a weekly lottery for those desiring to attend one of our weekend Masses. If arriving for Mass and unable to find a space that provides for reasonable social distancing, we ask that you not attend that particular Mass.
4. Although not a change, because of the increase in the number of people we are accommodating, we strongly encourage and highly recommend the wearing of face masks.
5. We ask that at the conclusion of each mass those attending exit the church quickly in order that those responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the church can get that done efficiently. (This is particularly important after the Sunday 8:30AM Mass to allow adequate time to complete preparations for the 10:30AM Mass.)
Increasing opportunities to attend Mass
We hope that the above actions will provide for an increased opportunity for those who desire to attend Mass to do so in a reasonably safe and comfortable environment. The requirement for weekly attendance of Sunday Mass has been suspended by Bishop Bill until further notice.
Please take all precautions
If you are ill, have flu symptoms (no matter how slight), or think you may have been in contact with a person having covid19 or tested positive for covid19, please do not attend Mass. Remember, the social distancing available to us in enclosed spaces is limited and requires the efforts of all involved to be effective.
Thank you for the continuing cooperation and support extended to us as we work through this very unusual and unprecedented time. We remain interested in your observations, ideas, questions, and experiences during this process. You can reach us through the parish website, via office email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 850 455-5641.
Father Alberic and Deacon Tom