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Celebrating Limited Capacity Masses
Gratefully we can celebrate the Mass together again!
According to current guidelines we can have no more than 50% of our capacity, while maintaining social distancing. We plan to start slowly; see how we react and make changes as needed as we move through the summer. The number of people allowed will gradually increase over time.
In order to attend a Mass you must signup through SignUp Genius or call the parish office at 952-835-7101 each week.
Weekend Masses will continue to be recorded and available on our Watch Mass Online page, or on Facebook, and YouTube.
St. Edward COVID-19 Health Caution
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists anywhere people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and people with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. St. Edward Catholic Church has undertaken precautionary cleaning, disinfecting, and implemented social distancing guidelines to help reduce the risk of exposure. However, St. Edward cannot guarantee that visitors are 100% safe from exposure to COVID-19. Therefore, people over 65 or with underlying health conditions should not attend Mass at this time and continue to worship online. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to church. Attendance at liturgies is at your own risk.
Ten Symptoms of COVID-19
- Fever; typically greater than 100.4
- Respiratory symptoms/cough. New or worsening shortness of breath
- Change in or loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Body aches, especially when associated with other symptoms such as fatigue
- Chills and/or shaking chills
- Headache and/or confusion
- Runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Chest pain or pressure
Attending Mass at the Church
Before you Leave Home
- Bring a mask
- Consider bringing your personal hand sanitizer with you. (Hand sanitizer is also available at the entrance doors.)
- Use the bathroom
Arriving at Church
If you have mobility issues and need handicapped parking, please use the Upper Parking Lot and enter through the chapel doors. All others are asked to park in the Lower Level Parking Lot and use the Main Entrance. Please note, you will not be able to enter through any other doors. At either entrance, a member of the St. Ed’s CREW will welcome you. As you approach, please remember to keep six (6) feet between you and the next person. We ask that you arrive about 20 minutes before Mass.
For the safety of everyone, please wear a mask. If you plan to receive Communion, you must wear a mask as you approach the communion station. If you are unable to wear a mask, please continue to watch Mass online at home.
Finding a Place to Sit
The St. Ed’s CREW will guide you to your pew, beginning at the front and moving toward the back. Some rows will have seating at the ends of the pews, some rows in the middle, all to accommodate social distancing. People will have to sit where they are asked to sit. Of course, families will sit together; others will be seated with social distance between them.
Bathrooms are available but we encourage you “to go” before coming to church. Bathrooms are located near the entrances; one in the chapel foyer, and one on the lower level. Maximum of 1 person in the bathrooms at a time.
St. Ed’s CREW
This is a NEW MINISTRY created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are currently recruiting volunteers! This CREW will welcome parishioners, assist with seating, and help direct communion flow. They will be trained in protocols based on guidelines from the archdiocese.
We need men and women, ages 18 to 65 with no underlying health conditions. Youth 16 and above may serve along with a parent. VOLUNTEER NOW by emailing Mary Kay Hird at firstname.lastname@example.org
We seek to make your experience of receiving Holy Communion reverent and peaceful. We also want all to feel safe, not rushed and alleviate any anxiety. If you desire to receive Communion, you must wear a mask as you approach the communion station*.
Distribution of Holy Communion will happen after the final blessing. Remain in your pew. The CREW will release each row one at time.
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will wash their hands and get into place. They will wear masks. They will distribute to the congregation from the front of the church. If you need a low gluten host, please inform a CREW member before the Mass begins.
Hand sanitizer will be available and you must sanitize your hands before receiving. To receive have your mask in place; extend your hands flat to receive the Host, then step to the side, lower your mask and consume the host. We will not distribute communion on the tongue.
After you have received, please follow the directions to exit the building, or you may return to your pew. We ask that you not socialize in the foyer and that you keep social distancing in the parking lot.
Music & Liturgy Changes
To help lessen the spread of germs, you will notice less singing during this time.
We will not hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer
Offer a Sign of Peace with a wave or nod
From the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
A. Our first consideration must continue to be for the spiritual and physical health of our parishioners and those whom they encounter, especially the most vulnerable: the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. We continue to rely on medical professionals and governmental standards to inform these directives.
B. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be suspended as long as the pandemic continues.
C. All COVID-19 positive persons, those who are symptomatic, and those living with them, must stay home and quarantine for an additional 14 days after the last symptom.
D. Persons over age 65 and those with preexisting health conditions should continue to stay home during the pandemic and avoid public gatherings, including church.
E. All the faithful should continue to follow hygienic practices at home: wash hands often, avoid touching the face, cover coughs and sneezes, etc.
F. We will provide hand sanitizer at all entrances and instructive signs such as how to stop the spread of germs and protect oneself from sickness.
G. There is to be no communion given on the tongue. Those unable to receive Communion in the hand may discuss the matter with the pastor to seek an alternative.
H. Parishioners should be encouraged to use the restroom at home before coming to church.
I. Parishioners are strongly encouraged to wear masks: a mask will be required to receive Holy Communion.
J. In order to attend a Mass you must signup through SignUp Genius for each Mass.
K. The St. Edward Plan Administrator is Mary Kay Hird.
Wednesdays at 6pm
Thursdays at 6pm
Fridays at 6pm*
Saturdays at 5pm
Sundays at 9:30am
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*This Mass will be recorded and posted on our website and on social media sites. If you attend this Mass, you may be recorded. If you do not wish to appear in a recording, please choose a different Mass time to attend.