Updated: June 1, 2020
Following the directives of the Governor of Ohio and the Catholic Diocese of Toledo in recent days, Very Rev. Gregory R. Hite, Pastor & Local Superintendent of St. Peter’s, has directed the following effective immediately out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our parishioners, students, parents, and staff.
DISPENSATION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS
The faithful of the Diocese of Toledo continue to be dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation until further notice. We strongly encourage those who are elderly, sick, those with pre-existing conditions to refrain from returning to public liturgies (including weekend Mass) until such time as you feel confident to do so. Stay home, be safe, and watch the 10 am Sunday Mass on WMFD-TV. These weekly broadcasts will continue through the end of July. As of this weekend, we will also live stream our regular 9:30 a.m. Mass on our YouTube & Facebook Pages.
PROPER SOCIAL DISTANCING
As your Pastor, it is my responsibility to make every effort to ensure that appropriate social distancing before, during, and after liturgical celebrations is maintained in order to create a safe environment for all involved. In this context, I highlight the following practices to be followed:
- Other than family household members who live together, worshippers should be seated six feet (6 ft.) apart in all directions. We intend to observe the mandate by the State of Ohio and the Conference of Catholic Bishops that the capacity is not to exceed 50% of fire code regulations. We plan to make accommodations for an overflow congregation in the event the church reaches capacity. For now, overflow seating will be in the basement of the church, with a video feed of the Mass. Please be patient with us.
- Please – we strongly encourage you to wear a facial covering, or mask. Please consider bringing your own hand sanitizer.
- Stations for the distribution of Holy Communion will be limited. The priests and deacon who are present will distribute in the center aisle only.
- Our bishop’s directive is that any/all liturgical ministers are to be limited. Those who assist will maintain social distancing and wear a mask. Please observe the tape markings on the floor in the center aisle, as well as pews marked off, to secure six feet distancing. Also, please follow the directions of the ushers.
- There will be no entrance or exit processions to begin or end Mass.
- During this time, the “Offertory Procession,” including the usual time for the “Collection” is suspended. Please bring your sacrificial offering with you to Holy Communion and place it in the basket at the Communion rail. Envelopes and donations to our parish may also be sent in the mail or offered “online.”
- The Sign of Peace continues to be suspended at this time.
- Please refrain from holding hands during The Lord’s Prayer, a gesture that is not prescribed in the Roman Missal.
- There will be NO offering of the Precious Blood from the chalice.
- The reception of Holy Communion on the hand is strongly encouraged. Out of charity, sacrifice, and the health of your neighbor and your parish clergy, you are encouraged to receive on the hand. Clergy are not permitted to wear gloves for the distribution of Holy Communion.
- Understanding that a certain sense of apprehensiveness and anxiety may exist, you may refrain from receiving Holy Communion if you desire. Those who choose not to receive are encouraged to make a “Spiritual Communion.”
- Do not expect Holy Water in the fonts during this time. A sign of the cross and genuflection to the reserved Blessed Sacrament is appropriate.
- We will do our best to keep common places in church (restrooms, door openings, handles, etc.) sanitized, but we do ask that – given the limited hand sanitizer currently available – you try to bring your own hand sanitizer with you to church. Single bathrooms at the bottom of the stairs, each side, as well as the “children’s’ room” will be available.
- Hymnals and missalettes will be removed. We intend to utilize our TV monitors for congregational participation in singing. Please expect NO paper bulletins at this time.
Private Prayer in Church
Our Parish Church remains open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for PRIVATE PRAYER. Please enter the north side door and follow proper social distancing guidelines. The church may be closed at times for the taping of Mass or a private funeral.
Parish Office Hours
Regular Parish office hours resumed on June 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We respectfully request that all business that can be done by phone continue in that manner, and ask, as well, that all visitors to our parish offices demonstrate social distancing guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I live stream Mass from St. Peter’s?
A: During this extraordinary time, we will live stream Mass to the faithful through our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/stpetersmansfieldoh/live and also on our parish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mansfield.St.Peters/. The live stream should start about five minutes before scheduled Mass times.
Q: I still want to drop off my weekly contribution of stewardship. How do I do that?
A: We are very thankful for your willingness to continue your stewardship during this period. You can continue to support St. Peter’s through one of three options.
1) Mail your weekly stewardship gift to the Parish Center office. If you are a weekly giver, you can write one check for multiple weeks. Our address is 104 W. 1st St., Mansfield, OH 44902-2199
2) Sign up for electronic giving. You can give via a checking account or credit card. You can make a one-time gift or sign up for recurring gifts on a schedule that is convenient for you.
3) Use your bank’s online bill pay system.