NEW RULES FOR ATTENDING MASS
Dear parishioners, we inform you that there are new rules by the Archdiocese for attendance at daily and Sunday Mass, funerals, baptisms, etc. Since Lawrence has entered the “Red Zone” and has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases, in addition to masks, social distancing and disinfection, we must now do the following:-It is necessary to PRE-REGISTER to attend Mass. At the main door of the Church, there will be volunteers who will be in charge of registering you. You must give your name, last name and telephone number. The reason for this registration is so that, in the event that someone who has attended Mass tests positive for the virus, we can notify the people who attended that Mass. You can also pre-register online in the links below.-We must TAKE THE TEMPERATURE of all who enter the building. This will also be done at the entrance of the Church or gymnasium. If the person has a temperature of 100.4 F (38.0 C) or higher, it means that he/she has a fever, and for safety, will be kindly asked to go home and contact their doctor.Thank you for your attention to these rules, which are important so that we can celebrate Mass safely for all.Fr. Mawn
The faithful of the Diocese of Boston remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays.
Cardinal Sean strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicating physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes or CatholicTV.
- For now, Masses will be limited to 40% capacity across the Archdiocese, only 145 people are permitted in Corpus Christi Parish per Mass. Parishioners must schedule in advance to attend Sunday Mass by signing up on the Website.
- We are trying a sign up system through Eventbrite to enable people to sign up for Mass by reserving a ticket. We hope this will prevent people from arriving and being refused admission because the Mass is full.
- Masses will be first come, first serve until 40% capacity is reached.
- Please follow the directions of the ushers in being seated and exiting the Church.
- Refer to signs for specific instructions regarding masks, seating and other important instructions.
- The Rectory Meeting Room, St. Rita’s Meeting Room and the Parish Center are not open for seating or any type of gathering.
- There is no Holy Water in the font at this time and none available to take home.
- We started transmitting live stream the Masses in Facebook, during the week that happen in the Lower Church and during the weekend all Masses are celebrated in the Upper church.
If you have difficulty signing up for a mass, please call the office (978-685-1711) during normal business hours.
Our New Mass Schedule for the weekends:
- Saturday Vigil 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday 9:00 a.m. (English)
- Sunday 10:30 a.m. (English) and
- Sunday 12:00 p.m. (Spanish Mass, Misa en Español)
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- Please wash hands before leaving home.
- Face masks are required on Church property and during Mass for adults and children of the age of reason.
- Feel free to bring along a travel-size container of hand sanitizer or hand wipes that can be used before receiving Holy Communion.
- Maintain social distancing protocols of 6-ft separation entering, sitting and exiting the church.
- Entrance for Mass will be from the Ramp entrance next to the parking lot area.
- A basket will be available for collection of tithes near the Ramp entrance of the church.
- Seating is limited to insure proper social distancing (6-ft apart in all directions). Families and those living in the same household can sit together.
o Some rows will be blocked off and 6ft distancing is required.
o Ushers will be present to assist in seating.
- Ask the Holy Spirit for a disposition of faith and generosity to enter into Mass.
- Go to Sacramental Confession if needed
- Pray along with the Mass.
- A bow or gesture should replace a handshake or other physical signs of peace/greeting during the liturgy.
- Holy Communion will be distributed by means of the Consecrated Host only.
- Reception of Holy Communion on the hand is encouraged, but not required. Please be mindful to not come into contact with the priest or EMHC while receiving Holy Communion. If contact is made, the priest/EMHC will purify and sanitize their hand before continuing to distribute Holy Communion. You cannot wear gloves to receive Holy Communion.
- Maintain social distancing protocols of 6-ft separation, even when time to come forward to receive Holy Communion.
- Priests, deacons and other ministers of Communion, will wear a mask for the distribution of Holy Communion.
- Remove masks only to receive Holy Communion.
Stay Home if …
- you feel sick.
- you suspect you may be sick.
- you have a sick family member at home.
- you should be under self-quarantine due to possible contact with a Covid-19 patient.
- you are in the vulnerable population as defined by the CDC.
- Private prayer is not available after Sunday Masses in order to allow the church to be reset for the next Mass.
- When Mass is over, please do not gather in groups in the Gathering Area but continue to maintain social distancing as you exit the building. Ushers will direct everyone as how and when to exit.
- We have provided baskets for your convenience to drop off your donations. We appreciate your faithfulness and generosity at this difficult time.
- Holy Communion cannot yet be brought to the Sick & Homebound Parishioners.
- Missals & Hymnals will not be in the pews. Personal
- or phone apps may be used to follow along with the readings if desired.