Date for Resumption of Sunday Masses

Dear Parishioners,

            In follow-up to my letter of June 1, 2020, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Bishop Cote has stated Sunday Masses will resume on the weekend of July 4-5, 2020.

The Bishop also stated COVID safety and social distancing protocols must continue to be followed.  Thus, wearing masks (unless you have a medical condition), social distancing of six feet between households, and limited seating will continue to be required.     

Seating capacity for Mass is presently limited by two factors: (1) Governor Lamont’s Executive Order limiting seating to 25% capacity, and (2) the number of pews available due to social distancing.  In some cases, the number of available seats due to social distancing will be lower than the 25% threshold.  This means that, on average, we can use roughly 33% of the pews.

In light of limited seating, it is strongly recommended that you make a reservation for seating.    To make a reservation, go to our website (for all three parishes at this time) stmaryjc.weconnect.com (under the tab entitled “Temporary Mass Schedule & Mass Registration”), follow to the sign-up link and enter your name and choose the number of slots for your household.  One-person and two-person households will sign up for one slot; households with three or more people will sign up for two slots.  If you do not have online access, please contact the main office at (860) 376-2044 and someone will make a reservation for you. 

            Since seating is limited, we will have to turn people away once we have reached capacity, in compliance with the Governor’s Order; thus, reservations are strongly recommended.

Please note:  Due to social distancing and seating limitations, your favorite pew or favorite spot may not be available.  Due to the physical arrangement of pews in a church, you may be asked to sit in a different area of the Church than you are used to.   We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate this situation.

In light of the resumption of Sunday Masses, the Monday evening Mass and the Saturday morning Masses will be canceled effective Saturday morning, July 4, 2020 (i.e., no morning Masses on July 4).  In addition, the schedule of Confessions will return to its normal schedule.  Also, we would like to maintain the three morning Masses reserved for people with higher-risk health conditions.  The new Temporary Summer Schedule will be as follows: 

             

Saturday (Vigil Masses for Sunday)

            3:00 p.m. Confessions @ Saint Mary Church, Jewett City

            3:30 p.m. Confessions @ Saint Catherine Church, Preston

            4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass @Saint Mary Church, Jewett City

            4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass @ Saint Catherine Church, Preston

            5:45 p.m. Vigil Mass @ Saints Thomas & Anne Church, Voluntown

Sunday

            8:00 a.m. Confessions @ Saints Thomas & Anne Church, Voluntown

8 am Mass @ Saint Mary Church, Jewett City

            9 am Mass @ Saints Thomas & Anne Church, Voluntown

            10 am Mass @ Saint Catherine Church, Preston

11 am Mass @ Saint Mary Church, Jewett City

Monday

            8 am Mass @ Saints Thomas & Anne Church, Voluntown

Tuesday

8 am Mass @ Saint Mary Church, Jewett City – RESERVED FOR PEOPLE WITH

HIGHER-RISK HEALTH CONDITIONS

            7 pm Mass @ Saints Thomas & Anne Church, Voluntown

Wednesday

            8 am Mass @ Saint Mary Church, Jewett City

Thursday

            10 am Mass @ Saint Catherine Church, Preston – RESERVED FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGHER-RISK HEALTH CONDITIONS

7 pm Mass @ Saint Mary Church, Jewett City

Friday

8 am Mass @ Saints Thomas & Anne Church, Voluntown – RESERVED FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGHER-RISK  HEALTH CONDITIONS

 

Bishop Cote’s Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.  Thus, if you are not comfortable coming to Mass on a Sunday when there will likely be more people, you are invited to come to a Mass on a weekday instead.  Also, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are not feeling well, please stay home and rest. 

            As we begin Sunday Masses once again, there will be some changes, and things may seem a bit awkward at first, but that is okay.  In gathering to worship God, we will be trying to do so as safely as possible. 

            I look forward to seeing all of you again!

             Sincerely,

 Fr. Ted Tumicki

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