Mass Attendance

As of this week, Bishop Felipe Estevez, Bishop of St. Augustine, has granted us permission to begin the reopening of public Masses! However, the dispensation from the obligation to attend is still in effect. There is no obligation to attend Mass in the Diocese of St. Augustine. Our Live Stream will still be available during the 10 am Sunday Mass.

Public Masses at Blessed Trinity is on Saturdays at 5:30pm.

Sundays at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12 Noon, and 2:00pm in Spanish.

Daily Masses will continue the same time at 8:30am

These procedures will be re-evaluated weekly depending on the COVID19 situation in the state of Florida and country. If you would like to attend Mass, please read through this message.  Thank you for your patience and compliance.

Capacity & Seat Reservation

For now, Masses will be limited to 25% capacity. For Blessed Trinity, that equates to us having 180 people MAXIMUM per Mass.

SATURDAY:

  • 5:30 PM

SUNDAY:

  • 8:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  • 12:00 Noon
  • 2:00 PM (Spanish)

Before You Arrive

  • Wash your hands
  • Suggestion: Please do not bring any child under 7 years of age. Any child has to wear mask, this is requested on our campus and during the Mass celebration.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer or wipes that can be used before receiving Holy Communion.
  • Do not bring items that contain bleach into the church as this will damage the pews.
  • Please be aware that the bathrooms will be closed for the public.

Arrival Procedures

  • Masks (for ages 2+) should be worn as soon as you exit your vehicle. In case that you will not have a mask, the parish will provide you what you need by donation.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before Mass begins to stand in line.
  • The main doors of the church will open 15 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
  • The church will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back. An usher will direct you to your seat.
  • You may be sharing a pew with another household, but social distance is required between the households (6 feet).
  • The holy water fonts remain empty.

Mass Procedures

  • Masses will be conducted as you have seen on the Live Stream with reduced volunteer lay ministers. There will be no altar servers.
  • Communion will be distributed by clergy and a few Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion.
  • Parish staff will serve as ushers until further notice.
  • Please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.
  • There is to be no physical contact between different households at the Sign of Peace or hand-holding during the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly gift in a basket that the Parish Ushers will be holding at the back of the Church but we strongly encourage online giving through our website

Communion Procedures

  • Bishop Estevez has asked that communion be received in the hand only for the time being.
  • The precious blood will not be offered to the congregation.
  • Use of personal hand sanitizer before communion is strongly encouraged.
  • There will be a single communion line in the center of each main aisle maintaining a 6’ distance between households, and a single communion line on the side aisles.
  • Masks should be worn in the communion line. After the priest offers you communion, please step to the side, remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and then re-mask as you head back to your pew.

Departure Procedures

  • After the final blessing, parishioners must remain in their pew.  Each pew will depart the church after Mass in an orderly manner, from the back to the front.
  • You can drop your weekly offertory in the special baskets when you come in for Mass or when you depart.
  • Clergy will not shake hands, they will wave as you exit.
  • Please do not congregate outside after mass.

Church Cleaning Procedures

  • We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitation practices, including disinfecting pews between every Mass.
  • Disinfecting will be done for bathrooms, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces that occur throughout the day.
  • Please follow the CDC recommendations regarding your own health. If you fall into an “at-risk” category, please stay home and join us by Live Stream.
  • Any weddings, funerals, quinceañeras and baptisms that are scheduled will all be in accordance with the Diocese of St. Augustine and the protocol.

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