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COVID 19 UPDATE:  OLF COVID 19 UPDATE

Beginning the weekend of November 14-15, 2020, the recessional after Communion will discontinue. Keeping a safe distance, people can return to their pews after receiving Holy Communion and then dismiss after the final blessing.  Please know that we are concerned for the safety and health of everyone while keeping within our limitations of time and space; and any fears and anxiety of our parishioners.  Thank you to everyone who is making this possible.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Out of an abundance of care for your safety, and the wellbeing of our Priests and volunteers at Mass, we continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the government and diocese. Our present format in Our Lady of Fatima Church is as follows:

Parishioners who are particularly vulnerable (over the age of 60, existing heart or lung condition, diabetes or immune compromised) are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED , for their own health, to avoid public celebrations until all restrictions are lifted.

The dispensation from Sunday obligation issued on March 12, 2020 remains in place for the Diocese of Wilmington.

Please check your temperature before arrival. Those who show symptoms of a virus are asked to stay home.

Sunday Masses are presently: 5:00 p.m. Saturday (English) and 7:30 PM (Spanish) and Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 12 Noon.

All members of the assembly and ministers are required to sanitize their hands upon entering the church.

Properly worn face masks, covering both the mouth and nose, are required of all the assembly. ONLY Toddlers are exempt.

The faithful are asked to sit 6-feet apart from each other. Members of the same household may sit together. Designated markings on the pew show the allowed seating arrangement. Please follow the instructions of the host usher.

The exchange of the Sign of Peace is still omitted and Communion is under 1 species only.  At this time Communion is to be received in the hand only.

Our Lady of Fatima offers daily Mass at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday  through Saturday.

The chapel is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and Saturday for Mass and private prayer.

The disinfecting of the church and chapel must take place afterward.

Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Our Lady of Fatima Chapel.  Masks are required.

No gatherings are allowed in the church.

Provided a parish is equipped to follow guidelines issued by the Diocese of Wilmington in tandem with government officials, public Mass, Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may be celebrated.

Until we move to Phase 3 and receive additional guidelines from the Bishop’s Office, all other church activity is restricted.

FUNERALS
As we move forward slowly and cautiously, funerals will be celebrated with the same restrictions as Sunday Mass (mask use, physical distancing, sanitizing, attendance limitations, etc.) and mindful of reducing gathering and the time spent in the church. In accordance with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Covid-19 guidelines for funerals, there are to be no eulogies or family readers and we cannot offer visitations in the Church or processions at this time.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


As you may be aware, the Bishop has permitted the Churches in our Diocese to reopen beginning June 1st. This opening will start with many guidelines from the Diocese and the State which need to be followed to keep everyone safe.
The Daily Mass will begin on Tuesday, June 2nd at the 8:30 AM Mass which will be celebrated in the Church so we can accommodate everyone and to keep with the social distancing of 6 feet apart. The seating for Daily Mass will be in the Baptismal Font Section.
The Weekend Mass Schedule will change for the time being, so we have enough time to clean the pews and church after each Mass. The church is allowed 30% occupancy so we will only have seating for 135 people. The Saturday Mass will be celebrated at 5:00PM and 7:30PM (Spanish) and the Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 9:30AM and Noon.
The following are guidelines for the Mass:
Enter the Church through Parking Lot Side Entrance ONLY
• Exit from the Church through Front Center Doors ONLY. If you are handicapped or need assistance in any way, please wait and someone will help you exit via the handicapped entrance.
• Parishioners must always wear a mask or face covering.
• Children must remain with parents at all times.
• Pews will be taped off and marked to help with the 6 feet distancing mandate.
• Families in same Household may seat together.
• No Gathering outside or inside of the Church.
• Access to back hallway and bathrooms will not be available.
• Breaking Bread Hymnals and Missalettes will be removed from pews.
• Elimination of Sign of Peace will be maintained.
• Communion Procession and Procedures will be changed, so please follow instructions.
• Communion received in hand only and only in one form. There will be no cup at this time.
• Dismissal will be row by row to keep with the 6 feet distancing and no crowding at the exits.
• Updates will be announced weekly before Mass.


The State still encourages those over the age of 65 and those with comprised health conditions to remain at home. The Bishop has continued his dispensation from the requirement to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. We will continue to live stream the Mass and you can view on facebook.com/olfnewcastle.com for the near future.
We are very much looking forward to being with you and we thank you for your patience as together we work our way through our new guidelines
Sincerely yours in Christ,  Rev. Msgr. George Brubaker


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