May 18, 2020
- Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.
- Phase IA allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees.
- Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.
Our Ascension Parish Reopening Plan
First and foremost, it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and well-being of all while maintaining due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.
I have assembled a Parish Reopening Leadership Team comprised of staff and parishioners. Join me in thanking them for leading us in this important effort.
Diane Lawrence, staff - Coordinator of Religious Education
Jim Wojcik, staff - Liturgy Coordinator & Office Administrator
Set-up Captain: Terri Monaco, parishioner
Greeter Captain: Tom Gull, parishioner
Cleaning Captain: George Lyons, parishioner
Our leadership team will attend required training from the Archdiocese to ensure that our parish reopening plan conforms to the guidelines developed by the Archdiocese in collaboration with civil and healthcare authorities. We have started gathering the necessary protective and cleaning supplies and will also receive from the Archdiocese a starter kit of protective and cleaning supplies and guidance on purchasing/maintaining supplies ongoing.
To be successful, we will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. Importantly, volunteers must not be part of a “vulnerable population” (that is, not over the age of 65; no underlying medical condition such as diabetes; lung disease; undergoing cancer treatment, etc.). I ask all of you who are between the ages of 18 and 65 and healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams (Parents, your college-aged children are welcome!):
- Set-up team (Led by Terri Monaco). Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and propped physically open prior to attendees’ arrival/departure, windows are opened, etc.
- Greeting team (Led by Tom Gull). Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.
- Cleaning team (Led by George Lyons). Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.
The Reopening Leadership Team and I will make sure that all volunteers are properly trained.