Announcement About Public Masses
St. Patrick Catholic Church of Gretna
Updated as of May 21, 2020
GUIDELINES AND SAFETY MEASURES – RETURN TO SACRED LITURGY
With the governor’s recent decision to ease some restrictions on public gatherings,
St. Patrick Catholic Church of Gretna will begin again to gather for Sacred Liturgy only, effective on Saturday, May 30th.
We will still maintain appropriate social distancing and safety measures according to the guidelines found by clicking the button below. These guidelines are subject to change in the event of new instructions from local or state health officials. We ask, out of charity to our neighboring parishes, that we be respectful of their needs and responsibilities to serve their members first and foremost, so please attend Mass at St. Patrick Church and not at other parishes.
The dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation remains in force for all Catholics. Therefore, if you are not yet comfortable returning to public liturgy for any reason, that is completely acceptable. See Other Options for Mass below.
Gatherings are limited to the Sacred Liturgy. At this time, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will not be available until further notice.
All other parish and school activities remain restricted, including any after-Mass gatherings such as congregating in the Narthex, our parish breakfasts, funeral luncheons, wedding receptions, graduation parties, religious education, youth group, RCIA, CRHP retreats, bible studies, dinners, group prayer sessions outside of Masses, American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Boys meetings, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Project Linus, Fresh Hope, etc.
Social distancing is to be maintained during the Sacred Liturgy and at all times.
The following are encouraged to remain home:
– The elderly
– People with underlying medical conditions
– Family members who live with elderly people or those who are at risk
– People who have access to those at risk in nursing institutions
– People who have upper respiratory or flu like symptoms
– People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu like symptoms
– People with COVID-19 or live with someone with COVID-19
– People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
Holy Communion to the homebound, nursing homes and assisted living facilities remain suspended until further notice.
Prior to attending mass, the following process and requirements must be reviewed.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation is resuming its regular schedule wth the following changes:
Confessions will not be held in the confessional room, but will be held in the Father Hitch room to allow for social distancing.
The penitent is required to wear a mask, and Father Baxter will also be wearing a mask.
If you are unable to come to confession at the scheduled time, please contact Father Baxter.