Gradual Return To Mass - 2020-5-15

A weekly message from you Pastor, Fr. Kevin Huber.

A Message From Fr. Kevin

Dear Friends in the Lord,

As you know, the Bishops of Indiana have given pastors of Catholic churches in Indiana permission to celebrate Mass publicly. For a little while, the Mass schedule will be a little different. Beginning Monday, May 18th, Fr. Jordan and I will celebrate Mass Monday through Friday at 7:30 AM at Queen of All Saints Church. Beginning Saturday, May 30th, Sunday Mass will be offered at 4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM in Spanish at Queen of All Saints Church. At St. Mary Church, Fr. Jordan and I will offer public Mass at 9:00 AM on Sunday, beginning May 31st. You will soon discover that communal worship is going to feel and look very different. To prepare you, I want to share with you the procedures we will use at Queen of All Saints Parish and St. Mary Parish to ensure your health and safety.

First, I am encouraging people who are most vulnerable to COVID19 to continue to shelter at home. Specifically, women and men who are 65 years of age or older or who have chronic illnesses should continue to self-isolate, participating in Mass through Facebook, live streaming, or television. However, please if you belong to this group, you will not be turned away from Mass, unless you are exhibiting sign of illness. We will continue the practice of recording and live streaming Mass at 9 AM on Sundays.

Second, we will observe social distance during Mass. To accommodate for the appropriate amount of social distance, the staff has determined the number of people who can participate at a scheduled Mass, using a formula that divided the square footage of the pews divided by 36 feet. At Queen of All Saints Parish, the maximum number of people allowed in the church at this time is 175. At St. Mary Parish, the maximum number of people allowed in the church is 100. For the time being, however, Mayor Parry has ordered that gatherings for church services not exceed 25 people, at least until May 23rd.

Third, please make a reservation to attend the celebration of Mass. Everyone who wants to come to Mass is required to call the Parish Support Center at 219-872-9196 to a make a reservation to participate in Mass. When you make your reservation, you will be given specific instructions about where to park, the brief screening process you will experience, which includes temperature screening, and what to bring when you come to church for Mass. People without a reservation will not be able to enter the church.

Fourth, when entering the church, please sit in pews that are open and in spaces that are marked with an X. Please note that families who currently live together are in daily contact will be permitted to sit together. While the place that you sit may not be your preferred seat, respecting these measures will ensure that everyone is comfortable and safe as we resume communal worship.

The procedures outlined above are in compliance with the guidelines for the Gradual Re-opening of Public Masses provided by Most Reverend Robert J. McClory, Bishop of Gary, which can be found on the website at Remember, one of our core values is generous hospitality, which includes providing a safe and healthy environment for you and your family to worship the Lord. To avoid confusion, frustration, or disappointment, please follow these procedures.

Please know that on May 30th, the Vigil of Pentecost, I will initiate our three elect, Bryan Allen, Chad Clark, and Louis Gross, who will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The next day, the Solemnity of Pentecost, I will receive into Church two candidates, Berri Beuker and Jesse McClaren. Please pray for these elect and candidates.

I appreciate your patience and consideration during this time of transition. Please be sure of my prayers for you and those whom you love, asking our Lord’s blessing and protection for all of you.

Faithfully yours in the risen Lord,

Fr. Kevin Huber