We are excited and blessed to announce that on May 30, 2020, per the updated guidelines from the Monroe County Health Department, the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center will be able to resume public Masses, beginning with the Saturday noon Mass, with the faithful permitted to participate in-person. We are in the process of revising the full plan below to reflect this.
REVISED ON MAY 29th, 2020
THOSE WHO ARE 65 AND OVER AND THOSE WITH HIGH-RISK HEALTH CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME. OF COURSE, THOSE WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SHOULD NOT ENTER A CHURCH UNTIL RELEASED TO DO SO BY THEIR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL.
THE DISPENSATION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PARTICIPATE AT MASS ON SUNDAYS IS EXTENDED IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF INDIANA UNTIL AUGUST 15, 2020.
Norms for Re-Opening
- Holy Water fonts remain empty.
- We will continue to live-stream.
- All buildings will remain closed, including the Conference Hall and the Divine Mercy Chapel, until further notice, except Sacred Heart Chapel according to the schedule indicated.
- There will be no music hymnals, pamphlets, or other materials for distrubution to the faithful, until further notice. Friar Gabriel will cantor.
- Confessions are heard in north parlor according to the usual schedule; penitents may pass directly from Sacred Heart Chapel into the friary parlor.
- Sacred Heart Chapel is back to normal opening hours.
- Mass will be offered in Sacred Heart Chapel according to the usual schedule.
- the friars will clean between each Mass and disinfect high- contact surfaces, except on Fridays when volunteers will clean
- In Sacred Heart Chapel family units sit together, all others 6 ft. spacing, every other row
- It is recommended that the faithful put on a face covering before entering the chapel
- Baskets may be placed near the entrances for any collections. Baskets are not to be passed around.
- The physical exchange of the sign of peace and the holding of hands during the Lord’s prayer is suspended.
- Protocols for Holy Communion:
- Priests prepare their own sacred vessels
- there is no server; everything is on the altar
- hosts for faithful off to the side of altar
- the priest will have a sanitizing towelette on his forearm to sanitize his fingers
- Communicants process single file from the parking lot to the chapel vestibule after Mass maintaining six ft. distance.
- no one is obliged to receive Communion
- those not receiving should not come forward for blessing
- Communion in the hand is highly encouraged
- While distributing the Hosts, the minister’s declaration of “The Body of Christ” should be said softly, as should the communicant’s “Amen” response.
- Priests will use hand sanitizer both after making their own Communion and after distributing Communion to the faithful.
- The faithful who receive Communion should consume any fragments remaining in their hands and sanitize their hands before and after receiving. People are encouraged to bring their own bottles of hand sanitizer to use.
- Any person-to-person contact must be completely avoided. Hosts will be lightly and carefully dropped in well-cupped hands. If the priest was to make physical contact with the communicant he will stop distribution immediately and sanitize his hands.
- The priest will sanitize his hands after each communicant who is receiving on the tongue.
- Communion is not distributed at the altar rail. Communicants process single file down main aisle maintaining six ft. distance.