Church Reopening Updates & Survey Results
Thank you to the over 800 families who took our survey last week. Below we are sharing the results of the survey. In addition, your many comments are all being considered and are greatly helpful as we work to plan the safest policies for reopening.
Today we have a few announcements in regards to reopening plans. Please also watch the video above from Monsignor Hendricks detailing these plans. Below is a summary:
The church will open for private prayer beginning Monday, June 1. The church will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-9 AM. If you come to church for private prayer, please follow these guidelines:
- If you are considered “high risk” by the CDC, due to age or medical condition, please refrain from coming to the church.
- Please enter using the double doors on the west side of the church, or the glass doors on the southwest or southeast side. These doors will be propped open.
- There will be hand sanitizer pumps on the walls inside each of the entrances. Please make use of these as you enter the church.
- Please bring your own mask or cloth face covering and wear them the entire time you are in the church. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.
- Private prayer will take place in the main church only. The chapel and cry room are not available due to social distancing and spacing requirements.
- There will be greeters in the gathering area who can assist in answering any questions you may have, as well as direct you to available pews.
- Pews will be visibly marked to indicate where individuals can sit, ensuring a social distance of at least 6 feet.
- As we move forward, we hope to extend the period of private prayer; at the current time, we ask you to respect the one-hour time frame.
- The church will be professionally cleaned and sanitized after each private prayer session.
The parish office will open with limited staff on June 1 as well. Office hours will be Monday-Thursdays 9 AM – 2 PM and Fridays 9 AM – Noon. As our parish office staff has been able to continue checking mail, voicemails and emails daily during the quarantine, having limited staff in the office will allow us to serve you in our more traditional way.
We have created thorough guidelines and policies regarding celebrating funerals, weddings, and baptisms at St. Brigid of Kildare. Please click here to read those policies if this may impact you.
We expect that we will begin public weekday/weekend Masses in mid-June with a limited number of attendees. This date is contingent on the arrival of permanent pieces of technology, which include cables and cameras, so that we can have public Mass while still continuing live-streaming for those not comfortable or not able to come to church. We are working on preparing a video about what to expect when returning to church for Mass, including the many restrictions and precautions we will be taking.
Please remember that attending public prayer or any public gathering in this time will always involve risk to one’s self, as well as to others that you may come in contact with. Although we cannot guarantee a completely safe environment at St. Brigid, we have put these guidelines in place to mitigate risk as much as we are able.
The following rules apply to any person planning to enter any of our campus buildings.
Please ensure you self-monitor and strictly follow these policies before entering a building. The success of our reopening will critically depend on all of us following these rules:
- During the past week, have you had fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
If so, please livestream Mass from your home!
Remember that Bishop Brennan has granted dispensation from attending Mass until September 13th.
Thank you for your cooperation.