100 in person (in the building),
100 in person (in the building),
50 in person (in the building),
The elderly and those with health issues should refrain from these functions.
No "in the building mass" for public
Why are in-person Masses being offered only at St. Bart’s?
There is currently renovation work being done at St. Bridget’s Church, making the venue unavailable.
Why are we having weekday in-person Mass at 5 PM instead of at 9 AM?
Weekday in-person Mass is being offered at 5 PM to allow those who work to attend. If you are unable to attend the in-person Mass at 5 PM, you are invited to view our live streamed weekday Mass at 9 AM at our website manchestercatholic.org.
Why is weekday in-person Mass being held outside in a tent?
Open air venues provide better air circulation and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Why do we need to make a reservation in order to attend in-person Masses?
By making a reservation in advance, you are helping us to comply with the in person limit imposed by the State of CT for large gatherings, and to ensure that there is enough space available to maintain Social Distancing between family households attending in-person Mass. In addition, in the event that someone who attended in-person Mass subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, we will be able to provide a list to the Department of Health for contact tracing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
I don’t have access to the internet to make a reservation. What should I do?
Contact the Parish Office at (860) 643-2403, ext. 1118, Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM to 3 PM. They will reserve your spot depending upon availability and provide a paper confirmation to the ushers to enable them to check you in.
Why do I need to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of Mass?
Arriving early will allow time for checking in and infrared temperature scanning.
Why are we entering the Church through the Main Entrance only?
We are asking all parishioners to enter the Main Entrance of the Church and follow the markings on the floor in order to maintain Social Distancing. In addition, it will be easier for ushers to check in registered parishioners and scan people’s temperature by having only one entrance.
I am unable to wear a mask for medical reasons or I have a young child for which wearing a mask is not recommended. Why can’t I attend in-person Mass?
Out of concern for your safety and the safety of others, we are asking those who cannot wear a face mask or cloth covering to stay at home and invite them to view our live streamed Mass online at manchestercatholic.org. COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets and is highly contagious. Wearing a mask reduces this risk.
If I am afraid of contracting COVID-19, do I have to attend in-person Mass?
You are not obligated to attend in-person Mass if you are afraid of contracting COVID-19.
Who should not attend in-person Mass?
Those who are sick, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, those who are fearful or anxious, those who are taking care of a sick or homebound person in need, and those who are unable to wear a face mask or cloth covering because of their age (e.g. children under two, etc.) or because of a medical condition.
Why do I need to bring hand sanitizer?
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to use prior to receiving Holy Communion.
Am I obligated to receive Holy Communion at the in-person Mass?
You are not obligated to receive Holy Communion if you decide to attend in-person Mass.
Are rest room facilities available during Mass?
No rest room facilities are available at the in-person Masses. We need to work out the logistics of sanitizing rest rooms after each use and until we do, rest rooms will not be available before, during, or after Mass.
Why can’t we shake hands or hold hands during the Our Father?
We are asking people to refrain from shaking or holding hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.