Returning to Mass

What You Need to Know About Coming to Mass at Holy Spirit

Who should come to Mass?
The obligation to attend Mass is still dispensed. We ask that those who are vulnerable to the virus due to age or underlying health conditions continue to stay home. Stay home if you or someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been knowingly exposed, if you feel unwell, have a fever, are experiencing any symptoms as outlined by the CDC, or live with/care for someone who is at greater risk.

Beginning on Friday, June 12, our schedule is:

  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. Mass (not 8:30 a.m.); door opens at 7 a.m.
    • Friday will be a vigil Mass to Sunday, which means we will use the prayers and readings for Sunday.
  • Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Mass, door opens at 4 p.m.
    • Confessions from 3-4 p.m. will continue to be from cars in front of the Rectory garage
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. Mass, door opens at 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30 a.m. Mass, door opens at 7 a.m.

Additionally, Father Haugan will continue to be available for private reception of communion. Contact the parish office at (651) 698-3353 to make an appointment.

We understand that many people’s preference would be to attend Mass on Saturday and Sunday, but you are encouraged to attend Friday as the vigil to Sunday or a daily Mass as seating is limited.

We are required to only offer a maximum of 25% of our total occupancy while following 6’ social distancing protocols. To meet this requirement, every FOURTH pew will be available for seating. Once every pew is occupied, we will not be able to allow additional people for Mass. Please plan accordingly.

What should I expect when I arrive for Mass?
There will be ONE entry point – the Northeast HANDICAP entrance. It will open 30 minutes before Mass begins.

Please line up on the east side of the church, along the sidewalk at the markers indicating 6’ of social distancing.

You will be met by a staff member who will direct you to enter the church.

You will drop off your weekly donation, use hand sanitizer, then proceed to the church using the back stairs or elevator.

Ushers will seat each family. Wait until the usher takes you to a pew.

Avoid congregating and chatting in church.

Do not shake hands.

Always remain 6’ apart.

Please be patient and flexible.

What should I bring?

  • Come to church wearing a mask. You must wear a mask the entire time you are at church. People without a mask will not be allowed in church.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please use the bathroom before you arrive. Church bathrooms are for emergencies only.
  • Water fountains will not be available.
  • Missals are not available. Please access the daily readings at USCCB.org.
  • Anything you bring in the pew must be taken with you when you leave.

What will change with the Mass?
The structure of the Mass remains unchanged. You will notice a few adjustments, including:

  • the Holy Water fonts are empty.
  • there will be no congregational singing; singing expels many more respiratory particles than speaking.
  • However, there will still be a cantor and instrumental music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • no altar servers.
  • the Sign of Peace has been suspended.
  • a collection basket will be in the entrance. Please place your offering in the basket upon arrival. You are encouraged to sign up for electronic giving, available at holy-spirit.org/stewardship.
  • Communion distribution will be different. It will occur at the conclusion of the Mass.
  • at the end of Mass, do not leave your pew. For your safety, ushers will dismiss you section by section.
  • please go directly to your car or walk home to avoid unsafe social interaction in the parking lot following Mass.

Will I be able to receive Communion?
Yes! The greatest gift of Holy Communion, whereby Jesus Christ gives Himself to us in His Body, Blood, Soul, and
Divinity, is worthy of our utmost honor and love. In this union we become one with God, and therefore, being in
right relationship with Him is of highest importance.

Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful after the conclusion of Mass. It will be offered only under the
species of the Precious Body. Ushers will dismiss pew by pew and direct you to exit the church. Father Haugan will
distribute communion from the back of church.

If you wish to receive, follow this process:
Father will hold up the host and say, “The Body of Christ.” You reply “Amen.” and receive the Eucharist in your
hand. You then step aside, remove your mask, consume the Precious Body, and replace your mask.

If you do not wish to receive communion, exit the worship space.

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