Newman Center Policies for Public Masses
Effective June 14, 2020:
These policies are implemented according to the Diocese of Fresno Parish Reopening Guidelines and State of California regulations for houses of worship. Per Bishop Joseph Brennan’s pronouncement, a dispensation from Sunday Obligation will remain in effect for all Catholics in the Diocese of Fresno. Here are the specific policies for St. Paul Catholic Newman Center:
- Two masses will be offered on Sunday, one at 8:30AM and another at 11:30AM. These changes give our facilities staff ample time to clean and sanitize the chapel between masses.
- The Parking lots (East lot and Cardinal Newman Hall lot) will be monitored by attendants. Visitors to mass will be required to park in accordance with attendant instructions, parking in every-other stall to reduce congregating before or after worship services.
- The church will only be open at the front (South, facing Barstow Avenue) door. A greeter and a door attendant will be present to meet each visitor or family. The door attendant will count all who enter the Newman Center chapel building.
- At this time, we are limited to a maximum of 100 total persons inside the church building, and we will do our best to accommodate families and groups, but there remains a possibility that some visitors may not be able to enter when the building reaches capacity.
- All visitors and families will be required to wear a mask when inside the church building (except children under 12 years of age). If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you at the door. No one will be allowed inside without a mask.
- Ushers will escort each visitor/family into the chapel to seating in the chapel, which has been rearranged to allow for appropriate physical distancing. At this time, worshippers will not be able to choose or save seats inside the chapel.
- The liturgy will proceed without singing, but we will have instrumental musical accompaniment. Liturgical responses will be spoken and may be abbreviated.
- The Liturgy of the Eucharist will occur at its designated place in the liturgy, but worshippers will receive communion after the dismissal and will depart the chapel immediately after receiving communion.
- Celebrants and Eucharistic ministers (at this time, only our priest and deacon presiding) will distribute communion while wearing a mask, and will give communion in the hand only. After receiving in the hand, the worshipper will step to a designated space on the side and may slide their mask down briefly to partake of the Body of Christ, before replacing their mask and proceeding out of the chapel.
- Restrooms will be open, but there will be only one person allowed (or another if someone requires assistance) inside each restroom at a time.
- Daily Masses will be open for the public beginning Monday, June 16, at 8:00am. Worshippers will be required to obey all Sunday Mass policies regarding parking, entry, and physical distancing inside the chapel. However, parking attendants and ushers will not be present for Daily masses.
- Sunday Mass will be streamed online at 8:30am. All Daily Masses will be streamed at 8:00am Monday through Friday.
- Confessions will continue at the regularly scheduled time on Thursdays between 5:00pm and 6:00pm in the East Parking Lot; location may vary in case of high temperatures.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, beginning June 17. Adoration has been moved to the community room, immediately inside the main church building along the hallway. Visitors will be required to sign in and out at the front desk.
- The church office will remain closed, and all inquiries should be made by email at email@example.com or by voicemail at 559-436-3434.