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Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We are pleased to announce that in accord with the phased reopening of the State of Florida, Bishop Estevez has permitted the resumption of public Masses at parishes in the diocese beginning with the Sunday Masses of May 16th & 17th. Daily Masses can resume on May 18.
This is NOT a complete reopening and return to normal of the parish. St. Anastasia parish will have a slow, methodical and phased reopening.
COVID-19 is still circulating. People who are 65 years and older or who
currently have health issues are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
Following the Lord’s command to love your neighbor, it is important that
we do what we can to protect the lives of our vulnerable brothers and
In this regard Bishop Estevez has indefinitely dispensed the faithful from
the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Those over 65
years of age or who have health issues should make use of this dispensation
and refrain from attending public Masses until the State of Florida enters
phase 3 of its reopening. I encourage you to continue to view our parish
Masses (Mon-Sat at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.) or watch other Masses
on television. The parish will make available for you a special time in
which you may partake of Holy Communion as further specified below.
In order to maintain the required social distancing, St. Anastasia can only
accommodate a limited number of families per Mass. With 1500 families it
is impossible for everyone to attend every weekend. To maximize
participation, the Mass schedule is being modified. I encourage you to
attend only one Mass per week and if possible to attend a Daily Mass. The
schedule will be as follows:
Saturday: 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
YOU MUST RESERVE A SEAT IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND MASS
We have created a “ONE TICKET PER FAMILY” arrangement using an online ticketing system. The goal of this ticketing system, along with offering more Masses during the week, is to be able to give all families of the parish the ability to attend one Mass per week.
If you visit the parish web site at: https://saccfl.org/about/im-new/mass-schedule/ (or from the home page use the Mass Schedule button) you will see the different Mass time links to reserve a space for your family. Click on the time you wish to reserve and follow the prompts. When you choose your ticket and complete the transaction, PLEASE PRINT YOUR FAMILY TICKET AND BRING IT WITH YOU TO MASS.
Once you have secured your reserved space for a particular Mass the following protocols will be followed:
1. All attendees over the age of two (CDC Guidelines accepted by the
Diocese of St. Augustine) are to bring their own mask to wear during the
2. Admittance to the Church will be through the west door. The door will
open 30 minutes prior to Mass. Please keep social distancing by standing on
the blue marked spaces in the two colonnades as you await admittance.
3. An usher will escort you to your seat. In order to maintain social
distancing, there will be NO open seating or choice of pew.
4. Please place your offering in the basket that will be located in the
5. The hymnals have been removed from the Church in order that we can
efficiently disinfect the pews after each Mass. I encourage you to bring
your own missal or smart device. I know many of you want to participate
fully in the Mass by singing. For a cost of $16 you can download the
Gather hymnal to your smart device. Go to your app store (apple or google
play) and search for “Hymnals”. The creator is GIA publications. Download
the app then open the app and go to the hymnal store. Search for “Gather
Third Edition” and make the purchase.
6. The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
7. For the distribution of Holy Communion, each individual will leave the
pew (following the guidance of the ushers) maintaining 6 feet between
yourself and the next person. There is blue tape on the floor marking the 6
foot distance. During this temporary period of time, Communion will only
be the Body of Christ (the Host) and received only on the throne of the
hand. We ask that you lower your mask before you approach the minister.
Extend your hand under the protective glass to receive Holy Communion.
Continue back to your seat. I request that everyone remain in the Church
until the end of Mass in order to maintain social distancing.
8. Once the Mass is concluded, the ushers will dismiss one row at a time
beginning with the rear of the Church.
9. Bathrooms: We do not have the ability to properly sanitize the bathroom
after each individual. Therefore, we strongly encourage you not to use the
bathroom unless it is an emergency. If you must use the bathroom only two
people will be allowed at a time. I ask that you enter the bathroom and
wash your hands and wash your hands again before you exit.
Distribution of Holy Communion Outside of Mass:
For those who are unable to physically participate in Mass because of age or health issues, Holy Communion will be distributed in the Church on Saturday’s (beginning May 23) between 10:00-11:00 a.m. All attendees over the age of two (CDC Guidelines accepted by the Diocese of St. Augustine) are to wear a mask. Admittance to the Church will be through the west door.
Please keep social distancing by standing on the blue marked spaces in the two colonnades as you await admittance. 70 people will be admitted to the Church at a time. Please stand in one of the 7 Communion lines maintaining social distancing. The Gospel of the day will be proclaimed, the Lord’s Prayer said and Holy Communion distributed. During this temporary period of time, Communion will be the Body of Christ (the Host) and received only on the throne of the hand. We ask that you lower your mask before you approach the minister. Extend your hand under the protective glass to receive Holy Communion. Once you have received Holy Communion you may leave the Church. Once everyone has left the Church the additional group of 70 will be admitted.
Confessions will continue to be by appointment only. Please contact the
office at 904-471-5364 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org to
schedule an appointment. Confessions in Church will resume July 1.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we reopen St.
Anastasia. The Parish staff and I look forward to a smooth reopening.
Love, Fr. Tim