It’s Reopening Day!
After many, many weeks of intense planning and preparations, we are thrilled that Reopening Day is here! Today the parish reopens for public worship for pre-registered Attendees. Registration for this week’s celebrations is closed, however, you may now register to attend Mass and Reconciliation for the week of July 13-19. Here is the link to sign up:
The Ministry Center opened today for normal office hours: M,T, W, from 8:30-4 p.m.; Th from 8:30 – 5 p.m.; F from 8:30 – 2 p.m. We have put many new safety precautions into place to keep you safe, including a plexiglass divider between you and the front office staff. Masks are required in all of our buildings and all visitors will be required to sign in for the purposes of contact tracing. Please note that not all staff members will be working onsite every day. We are staggering our in office days to prevent a complete closure should one of our employees ever test positive for the virus.
In addition, the offices in St. James School and Religious Education open tomorrow for their summer office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We look forward to serving you!
The Multi-Step Process of Reopening at St. James
Today we took the very first step in a multi-step process at the parish by reopening for public worship.
Last week the Bishop’s Office released new directives to be implemented in regards to other parish ministry, including those ministries who meet at St. James and those who do outreach in our community.
The Reopening Leadership Team will be taking all of these into consideration as we continue to meet in the weeks and months ahead to do the necessary work to achieve the following goals:
- Outreach and additional options for parishioners who are not able or ready to return to weekend Masses;
- Work within the parameters required by our local nursing homes to see how we may resume some kind of ministry to our St. James Parishioners who live there;
- Resume ministry to home bound parishioners;
- Expansion of the modified Mass schedule and capacity for some of our celebrations, while maintaining the required diocesan directives;
- Developing a plan for Parish Ministries to have the ability for a safe return to usage of St. James Facilities on days when it is available.
We humbly ask for your prayers as we pursue these goals, ever mindful of the need to do our best to ensure the health and safety of all our parishioners and guests.
The Recruitment of Reopening Volunteers Continues
We recently scheduled an additional training session towards the end of July as we have new volunteers still to be trained. If you are interested in getting involved, it isn’t too late!
Though we want all to be cautious in their decision as to whether or not to assist, dependent upon one’s risk factors, we are not turning away those who may be in a high risk age group, but are healthy and want to help!