*See letter from Father Nolte below Live Stream info for information about Masses resuming at Church effective Monday, May 4.
LIVE STREAM MASS:
facebook.com/stpatsfremont * You Tube Channel here
(You do NOT need to have Facebook or You Tube accounts to access!)
View Sunday Mass on Spectrum Public Access Channel 1304!
Sunday English Mass: Monday 8:30 am & Wednesday 3:00 pm
Sunday Spanish Mass: Tuesday 1:00 pm
Procedures for St. Patrick Sunday Masses:
We priests have hungered to be able to offer you Confession and the Blessed Sacrament. We are thankful that the time has finally come, even if it is under these unique conditions.
Beginning Monday, May 4, we will offer public Masses Monday through Friday at noon, Saturday at 5pm, and Sunday at 10am and Noon [Spanish]. The 10am Mass will be livestreamed and broadcast on 105.5 FM. All of our Masses will be open to the public except for the Spanish Mass at noon on Sunday. We understand that more Masses would allow for greater social distancing as well as for more people to attend. We believe, however, given the need for deep cleaning after each Mass and the availability of volunteers and staff for cleaning, that it is best to start as we have proposed so that we can sanitize the church properly.
- Archbishop Lucas is still granting a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. This means that there is no sin for not attending Mass. This will continue for the foreseeable future.
- Please know that there is no rush to re-enter the church building. You can continue attending Mass online or listening on the radio at 10am on 105.5 FM.
- If you have pre-existing conditions, vulnerable health or feel unsafe for any reason, we encourage you to remain at home and watch or listen to Mass. It is also recommended that those 65 years of age or older should stay home for their safety.
- Consider attending our daily noon Mass instead of Sunday Mass if, you feel safer doing so. For example, maybe choose to go to noon Mass every Monday instead of attending Sunday Mass at 10am.
- The church was professionally deep cleaned the week of March 22 using a chemical specifically [Virex Plus] designed to kill the COVID Virus. It will be deep cleaned again on the morning of May 4, using a newer disinfectant [Oxivir TB] designed for COVID19.
- We have temporarily removed missalettes, hymnals, pens, information cards, etc., from the backs of the pews.
- Members of our maintenance staff will clean doors, pews, and bathrooms with Oxivir TB after each Mass.
- The only doors open will be the chapel doors and the southeast doors (under the carport).
- The doors will open 30 minutes before each Mass, giving volunteers adequate time beforehand to prepare.
- Please maintain appropriate distancing in between each household while entering from the parking lot. On the sidewalks leading up to the entrances, tape will mark out waiting stations every six feet.
- The doors will be propped open by wedges as you enter. Please do not touch the doors while entering or exiting.
- We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer to help maintain our limited supply. If you do not have any, we will have hand sanitizer stations at convenient locations as you enter.
- We encourage you to bring your own masks and gloves.
- Households (i.e. those who live in one home together) will be seated separately. We cannot combine relatives or friends into the same pew.
- At the entrance to the worship space, please wait for an usher to greet you and allow you inside. The usher will direct your household to a particular spot within the church. Please follow the usher to the spot they direct and remain there; no seating preferences can be given. Every other pew will be roped off, and households will be seated according to the number present.
- The sacristy will be closed except to those already volunteering for the Mass.
- As you walk in, there will be collection baskets in convenient locations, monitored by ushers. Please have your Sunday offerings easily accessible and place them here as you come. The money will be sanitized before it is sealed. Please consider signing up for We Share if you have not done so already.
- The rosary may be prayed prior to Mass. The leader should use the ambo microphone to lead it.
- A priest will be available for confessions in the church confessional beginning when the church doors are open. These will be behind the screen only. Please wait 6 feet apart from each other while in line. Tape will be on the floor to mark off the mandated six-foot spacing. The confessional will be sanitized after each Mass.
- Please refrain from going to the restroom during Mass except for emergencies. The restrooms in the hallway between the chapel and the sacristy will be the only ones available for the time being. This will minimize how much needs to be cleaned and assure us as to how much we need to clean and sanitize. Thank you for your cooperation. Please keep safe social distances should there be a line for the restroom.
- We have taken out all missalettes and prayer cards from the pews. If you received a missalette and hymnal from the Palm Sunday distribution, we encourage you to bring these and keep them with your household. Please do not leave them behind after Mass. These are yours to keep.
- Lectors will have hand sanitizer available on the lectern. Please refrain from touching the microphone unless necessary.
- Keep your children within the pew during the Mass. There will be no collections during Mass.
- For communion, the priests and deacon will distribute. As you are dismissed by the ushers to your line, look to the tape on the floor for approximate distancing between households. Please maintain this distance.
- We will not have the exchange of the sign of peace or distribute the Precious Blood.
- Because of the circumstances and from the direction of Archbishop Lucas, we greatly encourage you to please receive the Eucharist on the hand rather than the tongue. If receiving on the tongue is part of your faith practice, please offer up to the Lord your unmet desire to receive in this way, asking Him to increase our belief in His Real Presence and to give our bishops the courage they need to fearlessly defend our Faith. If after reflection, however, you still have a deep desire to receive on the tongue, please let the celebrant know and he will work something out with you. Thank you for your understanding.
- Ushers will dismiss you one pew at a time. Please leave when they indicate, knowing that you can continue your prayer outside or at home. While leaving the church after Mass, please maintain 6 feet between households.
- Do not greet others in the worship space or narthex. The priests and deacons will not be greeting individuals. Priests will be distributing Holy Communion in the parking lot to the families who chose to listen to the Mass in their cars on 105.5 FM.
- Bulletins will not be handed out at this time. You may pick them up near the chapel door. We recommend, however, that you view the digital bulletin on our website and on https://www.parishesonline.com/find/st-patricks-church-68025
- Sanitation of pews and entry spaces will be done after every Mass using disinfectant chemicals.
- The welcome center will serve as the volunteer station. Every volunteer will be wearing masks and gloves (bringing your own, or we have them available), and temperature will be checked for every volunteer. Please follow their instructions, as they are there to assure your safe return to Mass. If you are interested in helping serve in this way, contact the parish office and ask for Deacon Uhlik.
- Ushers and Volunteers are asked to arrive an hour early so that you can be properly informed about the procedures.
Procedures for St. Patrick Weekday Masses:
- The same as above, except that the only doors open will be the east doors by the chapel.
- Seating will begin in the center sections of the church.
All of the above is subject to change; we will send updates via FlockNote as time goes on. Thank you for following these guidelines and for your patience and prayers in this time!
Please, stay at home if you are ill or are fearful to be at Mass. You are dispensed from your Sunday obligation and our first priority is your safety.
**Confession Information and Schedule during social isolation**
At St. Patrick, we will hear confessions both in the sacristy and the entryway.
Sacristy Confessions Line: Sit in or stand by the chairs in the chapel hallway. Please do not allow the number of people in line exceed the number of available chairs.
For those going to confession in the entry way under the covered drop off, park your car under the covered area and remain in your car until the confessor ahead of you is finished and has moved their car. Once they move their car you will be able to move your car forward to first in line and enter through the double doors.
***The regular Mass and confession schedule below is indefinitely on hold as we take precautions for COVID-19***
Masses of Obligation
Saturday English Fremont St. Patrick 5pm
Sunday English Fremont St. Patrick 8am and 10am, Spanish Mass 12:00 pm
Fremont - St. Patrick
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 6:50am & 12:05pm (1st Friday of every month Mass is 7:00 pm instead of 6:50 am, followed by healing service)
Thursday: 8:30 am School Mass, 2:00 pm nursing home, and 7:00 pm bilingual Mass
8:00 a.m. (preceded at 7:30 am by a rosary for the parish)
Saturday from 7:30am to 7:50am and 3:00 to 4:45pm in the chapel
Sunday 9:15am to 9:45am, 11:15 am - 11:45 am
Weekday - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 6:50 am & 11:30 am (except 1st Friday of month, then 11:30 am and 6:15 pm); Thursday 6:15-6:45 pm
Periodically there will changes due to the availability of priests.