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APR 17 – APR 23

REGULAR MASS TIMES
Wednesdays at *Noon
Thursdays at 5:30pm
Fridays at 9am
Saturdays at *5pm
Sundays at 9:30am

*This Mass will be live-streamed to our website and YouTube. 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.

Quick Guide

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Attending Mass at the Church

Gratefully we can celebrate the Mass together!
Following current guidelines, we are continuing to limit our capacity to maintain social distancing. Mass is streamed live each week to our Watch Mass Online page, or our YouTube channel. Weekday Mass is streamed Wednesday at noon, and weekend Mass is streamed on Saturday at 5pm. In addition, a library of previously streamed Masses is available at either online location.

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
On the weekends, 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. If possible, arrive early. Prelude music begins five minutes before weekend Masses.
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.)

Finding a Place to Sit
Seating is available in every other pew. Some rows will have seating at the ends of the pews, some rows in the middle, all to accommodate social distancing.
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. The CREW welcomes parishioners, assists with seating, and helps direct communion flow. They are trained in protocols based on guidelines from the archdiocese.
We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are interested, email Mary Kay Hird at mkhird@stedwardschurch.org

Distributing Communion
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 a 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, simply notify the minister on your approach.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available and you must sanitize your hands before receiving. To receive, have your mask in place; extend your hands, palms flat, through the plexiglass opening, then step to the side, lower your mask and consume the host. At this time, we will not distribute communion on the tongue.

  • After you have received, you may return to your pew or exit the building. 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

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. 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

  1. Fever; typically greater than 100.4
  2. Respiratory symptoms/cough.  New or worsening shortness of breath
  3. Change in or loss of smell or taste
  4. Sore throat
  5. Body aches, especially when associated with other symptoms such as fatigue
  6. Chills and/or shaking chills
  7. Headache and/or confusion
  8. Runny nose
  9. Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  10. Chest pain or pressure

General Principles

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.  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, people in Minnesota are now required to wear a face covering. As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone.

J. The St. Edward Plan Administrator is Mary Kay Hird.