June 3, 2020

Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Good Help,

I am happy to announce that Bishop Coyne has given permission to hold public Mass.  Our first public Mass in Brandon will be in the church on Wednesday, June 3rd.  As of this date, we will resume our regular summer schedule of Masses: 9:00am Mass in the church on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays and 11:00am Mass on Sundays.  Sunday Mass at Saint Agnes in Leicester will be at 7:30am.  First Friday Adoration will take place at the church in Brandon on Friday, June 5th. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be at 1:00pm and Benediction at 3:00pm. 

Some of the details that are important to know are as follows. Everyone must enter the church through the front doors, the sacristy is closed off from the public. The restroom will be used for emergencies only. Wearing a face covering, sanitizing your hands when entering the Church and social distancing of six feet (two empty pews) between families will be required.

In respect to the reception of Holy Communion, making a spiritual communion and refraining from receiving Holy Communion is an acceptable option. Receiving communion in the hand without gloves is mandated. If you plan on receiving Holy Communion you must sanitize your hand just before the reception of Holy Communion, so please bring a small bottle of sanitizer to Mass.

According to the Covid-19 state regulations, gatherings in public buildings cannot surpass one-fourth their seating capacity. The capacity of Saint Mary’s at one-fourth is 86.  Before the pandemic, our attendance was approximately 70 people per Mass. Similar calculations with Mass attendance of one-fourth seating capacity holds true for Saint Agnes.

Volunteers are needed to assist in sanitizing the church between Masses. Cleaning the pews and other items will take place on Saturdays immediately following 4:00pm Vigil Mass. If you are willing to help, please stay in the church after Mass and wait for needed instructions. 

At Saint Alphonsus in Pittsford the 9:00am Sunday Mass will be celebrated outdoors in the upper parking lot near the parish hall.  Parishioners of Our Lady of Good Help are most welcome. The important facts to remember when attending this outdoor Mass are as follows. You must bring a bottle of hand sanitizer and provide your own chair. Restrooms will be used for emergencies only. Face coverings are required and social distancing of six feet must be adhered to between families. In the case of rain, bring an umbrella.

Please remember, Bishop Coyne has dropped the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. It will be reinstated when a vaccine is available to the public. Individuals whose health is seriously compromised, have been exposed to covid-19, or feel ill, please refrain from coming to church. 

I look forward to seeing you and celebrating public Mass. Until then, be at peace.

 

Fr. Maurice Moreau, O.F.M. Cap.

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Brandon, Vermont

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