COVID-19 RESOURCES

During this time of uncertainty, St. Albert the Great continues to pray for our parishioners and for all those affected throughout the world by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please peruse the following resources which we hope will help you to come closer to God during this time of trial.

Beginning Wednesday, May 20th, St. Albert the Great will resume its normal public Mass schedule as well as public gatherings for funerals and weddings with the exception of the Saturday morning Mass.  That Mass, along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation will reopen on June 6th which is called the ‘First Saturday Mass’.  Be assured that our reopening complies with the social distancing guidelines as instructed through the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the Federal Center for Disease Control. (CDC). 

Our number one priority in reopening public Mass is your safety from the COVID-19 virus.  Since it is such a large undertaking we’re calling it, ‘You’re in GOOD HANDS’.  In other words, your parish is looking out for you.  Every precaution has been taken to assure your wellbeing from the Covid-19 virus when at Mass.  

Below is a brief summary of new safety guidelines as well as frequently asked questions that have been asked by many of you.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with them.

 

SHOULD I ATTEND NOW?

  • Any person feeling ill, including experiencing any of the following symptoms, should stay at home and seek medical attention.  For example,
        • Fever 100.5 degrees or higher.
        • Shortness of breath.
        • A new loss of taste or smell.
        • A new cough.
        • Chills.
  • Any person who has had any contact with known COVID-19 confirmed cases or who has flu symptoms or fever should stay home and self-quarantine.
  • High risk individuals based on age or predisposed health conditions should give strong consideration as to whether or not to attend. For example, 
    • Over 65 years of age
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Liver disease
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Immunocompromised
  • Archbishop Kurtz has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the Archdiocese of Louisville until further notice.
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WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING?

SOCIAL DISTANCING 

There must be at least six feet between all persons at any time, with an exception made for members who live in the same household.

CAPACITY

Due to social distancing guidelines, church capacity will be limited. 

  • At this time, we are estimating that the number of seats per Mass will drop to 150 maximum or 15% of total seating capacity.  The Adoration Chapel will be designated an overflow area which will increase seating capacity by a maximum of 15 or 1.5% of total seating capacity. 
  • A count will be taken as people enter the church.  Seating will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  If count exceeds capacity, people will be asked to come to the next available Mass.  Please understand that these guidelines are intended for your safety.

 

MASKS

  • Persons will not be allowed to enter the church without a mask.  Once again, please understand that these guidelines are purely for the safety of all.
  • There will be a limited number of masks for those who forgot their mask.  
  • The only time a mask will not be worn is when ministers are distanced from the congregation by being in the Sanctuary.
  • If you are medically unable to wear a mask, livestream Mass or Mass of the Air are available to view from home.

SANITIZING

  • If possible, parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at entrances and other important locations.
  • All ministers will use hand sanitizer several times during the Mass, especially before and after Communion.
  • After each Mass, the Church will be cleaned/sanitized.
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LIVESTREAM

Access to live-streaming and recordings of the Mass will continue until some semblance of normalcy is restored. For a time, Mass will be live streamed on Saturdays at 3:00pm. They can be viewed any time after at www.stalbert.org/live.  There will be the regular public Mass at 5:00pm.

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I GET TO CHURCH?

ENTERING THE CHURCH

  • Parishioners will enter only through the two front main entrances of the church.  There will be simple signs, markers, and guides to ensure a six-foot distance is maintained. 
  • Doors will be propped open in order to limit touching door handles.

PEWS

  • Every other pew will be closed.
  • Portions of seating at pew ends may be blocked off in order to satisfy that a person walking down the aisle is always six feet away from anyone seated in the pew.
  • Members living in the same household can sit together as long as there is a minimum of six feet distance between the family and next person.  To maximize seating capacity, certain pews will be designated for families of 3 or more only.
  • In larger pews, parishioners will begin seating at the center of the pew in order to provide uninterrupted entrance from both sides of the pews.
  • If someone needs to get out of the pew and there are people beside them, all persons should step into the aisle to allow the person to exit the pew. “Scooting” or “passing” by people in the same pew should not occur.

BULLETINS/OFFERING

  • Bulletins will be available when you exit the church to take home with you.
  • To alleviate any transmission concerns, offering baskets will not be passed but made available for your convenience near the font. 

LEAVING THE CHURCH

  • People will leave the way they came in or via the two rear entrances  behind the Sanctuary.  Practice common courtesy to ensure that you do not come within six-foot distance of another person as you leave.
  • Doors will be propped open in order to limit touching door handles.

RESTROOMS

  • Only the main restrooms beside the gathering space will be open for public use. 
  • Restroom use will be one person at a time. Members living in the same household can utilize the restrooms at the same time.
  • A hospitality minister will direct people to enter the restroom in accordance with the one person at a time guideline. People waiting to go to the restrooms can stand on the markings by the St. Albert statue until the Hospitality Minister directs them to proceed.

TEMPERATURE CHECKING

  • All parishioners are encouraged to check their temperature at home before coming to Mass to ensure it is within acceptable guidelines.  
  • All ministers will have their temperature checked before the beginning of each Mass with a touchless thermometer.
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LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST

  • There will be no presentation of the gifts.
  • Refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Refrain from touching, shaking hands, or hugging during the Sign of Peace.
  • Clergy will wear masks when distributing Communion.
  • The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
  • Communion ministers, along with simple markings and hospitality ministers, will direct parishioners in going forward to receive communion and returning to their seats.  Those not receiving communion are asked to come forward to receive a blessing or let those beside them out of the pew by first stepping into the aisle.  If you so choose, you can pray the prayer of spiritual communion found in the worship aid.
  • Communion will be received in the hand only.  To minimize contact with the one distributing Communion, hold your hand out flat.  Should contact occur, the Communion Minister will stop and reapply hand sanitizer.
  • Once stepped away from the Minister, the communicant will adjust their mask enough in order to consume the Precious Body. The communicant will return their mask to normal position before re-entering their pew.

MUSIC

  • There will be no choir, only a cantor and instrumentalists. 
  • At least initially there will be little to no congregational singing.
  • All hymnals have been removed from pews for the safety of parishioners but disposable worship aids will be made available. 

OTHER

  • Water fountains will not be in service.
  • Following the guidelines of the CDC and Archdiocese of Louisville, the baptismal font will contain Holy Water as it is filtered and in motion. 
  • Any food donations can be dropped off as you enter the main front doors.
  • The Parent Chapel will open for limited seating. 
  • The Vesting Sacristy and associated restroom will serve as a holding area should someone become sick during the Mass and are not able to leave quickly. 
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Nursery, 6:03 Snack, and Generosity Weekend are temporarily placed on hold.
  • As attendance grows, the parish will explore ways to increase seating capacity such as adding more Masses or when seating requirements are loosened.
  • Arriving at least 15 minutes early is recommended in order to familiarize yourself with the changes.
  • Once approval to proceed has been given by the Archbishop, the parish will begin offering baptisms and RCIA confirmations.
  • The parish staff will keep you posted on all updates.  This is a fluid situation which can change quickly.  The number one priority is each parishioner’s safety from Covid-19 as we worship.

MASS LIVESTREAMS:

St. Albert the Great will continue to livestream Mass for the foreseeable future. Livestream will occur during the Saturday 5:00pm Mass. You can view live or as a recording at another time. Watch at www.stalbert.org/live

 

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Social Distancing must be practiced when visiting St. Albert campus, leaving a minimum of 6-feet between you and others at all times. Masks are required to wear when attending Mass and when entering any building on campus, including the Parish and School offices.

  • Daily Mass is offered Monday-Saturday at 8:30am.

  • The church will be open Monday-Friday until 4:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays till the latest Mass times.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am.
  • Eucharistic Adoration will occur Wednesdays, NOON-5:00pm.
  • All Catholics are encouraged to pray the PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION daily or at least on Sundays whenever unable to physically receive the Eucharist.

 


PARISH OFFICE HOURS:

The Parish Office is now open for Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm and Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm until August. Masks will be required to be worn by all office visitors. Call 425-3940 with any questions or concerns. 

 

 

CLICK HERE for the latest official communications from St. Albert the Great (including an archive of previous COVID-19 letters and commnications).

 

Are you a parishioner in need of assistance during this time?


St. Albert the Great is here to assist in running errands, getting groceries, and other needs. Please contact Laura Graven at lgraven@stalbert.org or 425-3940 ext. 169.

 

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The following are resources for encouragement, prayer, and faith during this time of being apart: