So, we’re back to attending Mass as normal in our parish, Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles.
Even so, please be prudent and considerate of others in attendance. Here are a few suggestions to help us all remain coronavirus-free:
- Use our hands-free holy water dispensers, available at all doors;
- Carry your own missalette to follow the readings and find responses and lyrics. All daily readings can also be found on our WeConnect Parish App (if you use it, BE SURE TO SILENCE your device). Even better, our Church building now has projectors on each side of the sanctuary so we can easily follow along with songs and the parts of the Mass that we parishioners verbalize (prayers, responses, etc.)
- Use hand sanitizer before receiving Communion;
- Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus;
- All pews are open, but we are asked to be considerate of others sharing a pew -- maintain social distancing between your family and another family/group/individual seated in the same pew;
- Be extra cautious by using a handkerchief/tissue/mask to completely cover your mouth and nose if you must cough or sneeze, and follow immediately by using hand sanitizer on your hands.
With these “mechanics” covered, is there anything else you can do to get the most out of Mass? Oh yes, thanks be to God! Think about it ahead of time and pray to remain relaxed, open and attentive during Mass.
If you want to go deeper, do a Google or other internet search using the term “get more out of Mass.” Here are some links I found that offer some good ideas:
- Word Among Us (https://wau.org/resources/article/re_ten_ways_to_get_more_out_of_mass/)
- Word Among Us books (https://bookstore.wau.org/Getting-More-Out-of-Mass-P314.aspx)
- CatholicLink (https://catholic-link.org/7-tips-enter-fully-into-mass/)
- The Catholic Talk Show series on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2V7z-VnwhE). This series covers a super-wide variety of Catholic topics.
- Teaching Catholic Kids website (https://teachingcatholickids.com/doing-mass-with-kids/)
You can always find great resources for countless Catholic topics from such respected websites as:
- Dynamic Catholic (https://www.dynamiccatholic.com/home)
- Ascension Press (https://ascensionpress.com/)
- Catholics Come Home (https://www.catholicscomehome.org/your-questions/catholic-resources/more-catholic-resources/)
- The US Council of Catholic Bishops (https://www.usccb.org/)
- The Diocese of Venice FL (https://dioceseofvenice.org/)
- EWTN (https://www.ewtn.com/)
Of course, here on the Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles campus, we also have a beautiful outdoor Stations of the Cross along our western border and a small playground for families.
We pray the Lord give us all a more open heart and mind, patience, kindness and love as we get ready for the next Mass.