Returning to Mass

The good news is we at St Leonard will be returning to mass the weekend of May 30-31st. The bad news is it won’t look much like you’re used to. But at least some of us will be able to pray together again.

We are proceeding slowly to keep everyone as safe as we can, so we will be having only one mass at each church for the first couple of weekends as we get used to safety precautions and fine-tune procedures. Because of the size restrictions of our space the number of people who will be able to attend will be severely limited. Our survey numbers showed that less than 30% feel comfortable attending right now anyway, but we won’t even be able to accommodate all of those interested in attending right away.

The maximum that we can accommodate and keep a 6 foot radius around all is 50 at St Leonard. So for the time being you will need a reservation to attend mass. You will also need to follow all of the safety procedures.

  • Temperatures will be taken with a contactless thermometer before you enter the space.
  • Hands will be sanitized after entry
  • Masks must be worn except while receiving communion.
  • Ushers will lead you to your place
  • Communion will be distributed in the pew
  • Dismissal will be by pew to avoid getting within 6 feet of others while leaving
  • Bathrooms will be closed because we cannot sanitize after each use

We are preparing a video for each church that will walk us through all of the procedures so you know what to expect when you arrive. Extraordinary measures for extraordinary times!

As we all get used to these new ways we will be expanding the number of masses and/or using larger spaces so we can accommodate more people. Live streams of both masses will continue to be available on Facebook for those who cannot yet attend.

RESERVATIONS FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKENDS WILL BE TAKEN HERE ONLINEAT THE ST. LEONARD PARISH OFFICE ON TUESDAY, MAY 26th FROM 9am-1pm.

MASS AT ST LEONARD WILL BE 5pm ON SATURDAY, MAY 30th

If the mass for the first weekend is full, you will be offered the weekend of June 6-7 until it is full.

We will be evaluating these procedures and announcing more masses at a later date.

Again, if you are in a high-risk group because of age or other reasons we strongly encourage you to stay at home and keep yourself and others as safe as you can.

Let us continue to pray for one another as we negotiate these strange times. May God hold us close in love even as we continue apart.

-Fr Lou