CHRISTMAS 2020

SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA PARISH

  • GREEN PHASE

    Christmas Vigil

    1:00 p.m.  Saint Bartholomew Church : 80 in person, parking lot and live streamed 

    5:00 p.m. Saint Bartholomew Church : 80 in person, parking lot and live streamed

    10:00 p.m. Saint Bartholomew  Church :  0 in person Worship Team, parking lot and live streamed

    Midnight Mass Saint Bridget Church: 80 in person, parking lot and live streamed

     

    Christmas Day

    10:00 a.m. Saint Bartholomew Church : 80 in person, parking lot and lived streamed

    10:00 a.m. Saint Bridget Church : 80 in person, parking lot and lived streamed

  • YELLOW PHASE

    Christmas Vigil

    The elderly  and those with health issues should refrain from these functions. 

    1:00 p.m. Saint Bartholomew Church : 40 in person, parking lot and live streamed 

    5:00 p.m. Saint Bartholomew Church: 40 in person, parking lot and live streamed 

    10:00 p.m. Saint Bartholomew Church:  0 in person Worship Team, parking lot and live streamed 

    Midnight Mass Saint Bridget Church : 40 in person, parking lot and live streamed 

     

    Christmas Day

    10:00 a.m. Saint Bartholomew Church : 40 in person, parking lot and live streamed 

    10:00 a.m. Saint Bridget Church: 40 in person, parking lot and live streamed 

  • RED PHASE


    Christmas Vigil and Christmas Day : live streamed only ( Holy Communion distributed after mass in parking lot) 

WORSHIP ONLINE

SUNDAY: 8:30AM (LIVE) 

10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM, 8PM (REBROADCAST)

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9AM (LIVE)

Confessions

Sacrament of Penance resumed on June 8 by appointment only. 

Please call 860 643 2403 x1118 or by email

REOPENING CHURCH FOR WEEKEND MASSES IN PERSON On July 4/5


WEEKDAY PUBLIC MASSES RESUMED On JUNE 15


OUR NEXT STEP

Dear Parish Family.

 

I hope you and your families are safe and healthy during this pandemic and know that I have been praying for all of you every day.  Please know that Archbishop Blair has extended the dispensation from the obligation of attending Mass through February 28, 2021.

 

I am pleased to announce that starting July 4, 2020, we will be offering in-person weekend Masses on Saturday at 4:30 PM and Sunday at 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM at St. Bart’s Church in addition to our in person weekday Masses, Monday through Friday at 5 PM.  We will still be offering live streamed Masses on Sunday at 8:30 AM with rebroadcast at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 8:00 PM as well as live streamed Masses, Monday through Friday, at 9:00 AM.

 

Out of care and concern for our own safety and the safety of our fellow parishioners, the weekday in-person Masses will be held outside, under a tent, at St. Bart’s, weather permitting, and will be limited to 50 people.  Saturday and Sunday Masses will be held inside St. Bart’s Church and will be limited to 80 people to ensure proper social distancing and meet the State of CT’s requirements for large gatherings.

 

Below is the schedule and location of in person and online streamed Masses:


Schedule of In Person Masses

Day

Time

Location

Saturday

4:30 PM

St. Bart’s Church

Sunday

10:30 AM

St. Bart’s Church

Sunday

5:00 PM

St. Bart’s Church

Monday

5:00 PM

St. Bart’s Tent

Tuesday

5:00 PM

St. Bart’s Tent

Wednesday

5:00 PM

St. Bart’s Tent

Thursday

5:00 PM

St. Bart’s Tent

Friday

5:00 PM

St. Bart’s Tent

 

Schedule of Live Streamed Masses

Day

Time

Online

Sunday

8:30 AM

Live Stream

Sunday

10:00 AM

Rebroadcast

Sunday

11:30 AM

Rebroadcast

Sunday

1:00 PM

Rebroadcast

Sunday

3:00 PM

Rebroadcast

Sunday

5:00 PM

Rebroadcast

Sunday

8:00 PM

Rebroadcast

Monday thru Friday

9:00 AM

Live Stream


Reservations are required to ensure that we comply with the State of CT mandate for large group gatherings.  

Reservations can be made online at manchestercatholic.org or by calling the Parish Office at (860) 643-2403 x1118.

 

If you decide to attend Mass, please be charitable by protecting others and yourself:

  • At all times, practice Social Distancing by staying at least 6 feet from people who do not live in your household.
  • You must wear a face mask or cloth covering at all times.
  • Do not shake hands with others.
  • Bring and use your own hand sanitizer.
  • Bring your own chairs for outdoor Masses only.
  • Do not congregate to socialize before or after Mass.

 

Please be aware that there will be no rest rooms available at the in person weekend and weekday Masses.

 

Those who are unable to wear a face mask, such as young children or those with medical reasons, and those who are elderly, sick, or have pre-existing conditions, are invited to watch our live streamed Masses online.

 

The decision regarding whether to attend in person Mass is left to you.  However, if you or someone in your household is ill, especially with fever or flu-like symptoms or conjunctivitis, please do not attend in-person Mass but take advantage of our live streamed Masses online.

 

There will be some adjustments made to the Mass in order to ensure the safety and protection of all attending in-person Masses.  Here is what you can expect:

  • Plan on arriving to Mass 10-15 minutes before Mass starts.
  • For Masses held inside St., Bart’s Church, please enter through the Main Church entrance only.  All other entrances will be closed.
  • Bring your reservation confirmation (paper or on smartphone) to show to the ushers.
  • Ushers will check each person’s temperature with an infrared scanner.
  • Parishioners are asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering the Church.
  • Ushers will escort you to your seats.
  • Follow the directional signs/markings to ensure Social Distancing is maintained.
  • There will be no holding of hands during the Our Father and no invitation to exchange the Sign of Peace.
  • All Communion lines should be single file, with people wearing masks, approaching row by row and keeping six feet apart, except for people of the same household.
  • When receiving Holy Communion, sanitize your hands, place your hand out to receive the Eucharist (there will be no receiving by tongue), pull down your mask with one hand, partake of Holy Communion with the other hand, and replace your mask and exit through the door near the organ for in Church Masses.
  • There will be no distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass to ensure Social Distancing both during Communion and when leaving Mass.
  • Singing will be performed only by the cantor and not the congregation to minimize spreading of the virus.  (Health experts indicate that singing produces 6-10 times more droplets from our mouths than speaking.)

 

If you have any questions, please check out our website at manchestercatholic.org or call the Parish Office at (860) 643-2403, ext. 1118, Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

 

Please know that all of you are in my prayers and know that through all our trials and tribulations that God is with us always.  We love you and look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Fr. Marcin and Reopening Council


q & A

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.