We will reopen for public daily Mass on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 8:30 am; weekend Masses will start on May 30 & 31, 2020. For our guidelines, please click on "Guidelines for Public Liturgies..." below.

Guidelines for Public Liturgies During COVID-19

May 21, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Welcome back to church! We will gather again as an active church for daily Mass on Monday, May 25 and weekend Masses on the feast of Pentecost, that is, May 30 and 31. However, since the limits are still in place, only daily Mass will be held in church, we will be holding weekend Mass in the gym. This gives more space to keep the virus at bay. We also ask that you check your temperature at home and wear a mask while you are here. Communion will be given in the hand only, and the ministers will come to you so you do not have to line up. If you insist on receiving on the tongue, please let us know and wait till the end of communion to receive. There will be no communion from the cup, except for the celebrant and the deacon, if he is there. If you are comfortable with gloves, you are welcome to wear them for Mass. 

In order to keep us as safe as possible, we will have hand sanitizer available and will be disinfecting surfaces after each Mass. We are asking for volunteers at each Mass to help with cleaning and other hospitality tasks that may arise. If you can assist, please call the Parish Office at 969-0004 or email at parishoffice@easeton.com. For additional information on what we’re doing here, I ask that you review our guidelines for public liturgies on the back side of this letter.

This letter and guidelines will be sent via email to those who have an email address on file, put on our Facebook page and website www.easeton.com. Please make sure we have your current contact information – telephone number and email address, if you have one.

We are all tired of these limits and run arounds, so please remember to pray for an end to this pandemic.

Fr. Maurice

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

Guidelines for Public Liturgies during COVID-19

Effective May 25, 2020

  • 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. Anyone who is sick or living with someone who is sick should stay home, as should anyone who feels vulnerable for other reasons.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 25 daily Mass will be celebrated in Church, Monday through Thursday at 8:30 am. Starting the weekend of May 30 & 31, Pentecost-birthday of the Church, the 5:30 pm, 9 am and 12 noon Masses will be celebrated in the gym. The gym allows us to seat more people with the six foot social distancing requirement.
    • Seating will be limited to approximately 140 people at each Mass and will be first come, first served.
    • Chairs will be arranged in singles, doubles, and multiples to accommodate most of our parish households. Please only sit with the people who live in your home.
  • At the offertory, collection baskets will not be passed around nor will the gifts be brought up. A basket for you to place your offering in will be near the entrance to the gym.
  • Worship aids will be available. At the end of Mass please take it with you or dispose of it in a bin by the door. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the gym, near the restrooms, and in the Altar area.
  • We are asking all parishioners who attend Mass to take their temperature at home and to wear a mask or face covering; we realize that many find this a burden, but our call as Catholics is to promote the common good. If your temperature is 100.5 degrees or higher, please stay home.  We know that persons who are not experiencing symptoms may carry and spread the COVID-19 virus, and these measures protect those people with whom you come in contact. Masks will be available for parishioners who do not have one.  However, an individual not wearing a mask will not be denied admittance.
  • Altar Servers and Crucifers will not be scheduled at this time, subject to change later.
  • One Lector will be scheduled at each Mass to do the readings.
  • The exchange of peace should be expressed through gestures that do not involve physical touching.
  • Father Maurice and Extraordinary Ministers will bring the Eucharist to you instead of having people form lines. Please stay seated. Eucharist will only be given in the hand, not on the tongue. Father and the Communion Minister will wear a mask as well as sanitize their hands before and after the distribution of Communion and will do their best not to make touch contact with your hand. We ask that you wait until Father or the Communion Minister has left your area to consume the Eucharist. Distribution of the Precious Blood is suspended for the time being.
  • Volunteer Cleaning Teams and other Hospitality Tasks: Volunteers are needed for each Mass to wipe down chairs, doors, restrooms, etc. after Mass. At this time we are estimating 10 people per Mass so that everything can be cleaned in a short amount of time. Hospitality volunteers/ushers will be needed to guide people to seating, helping with hand sanitizer, and other tasks that may arise.
  • Paper bulletins will be available at the entrance to the gym as well as digitally on our website easeton.com and http://discovermass.com/church/st-elizabeth-ann-seton-louisville-ky/. At the Discover Mass site you can request a copy of the bulletin be emailed to you each week if you wish.
  • We ask that you not congregate before and after Mass while we are still using social distancing guidelines.
  • For dismissal, the floor will be marked near the entrance in intervals six feet apart and seat groupings are six feet apart. Please use these spaces to social distance during dismissal. 
  • We are awaiting further guidance from the Archdiocese about bringing the Elect and candidates for full communion into the Church and the resumption of First Communions and Confirmations.

These guidelines have been carefully thought out with the safety of us all as our priority. We will keep up-to-date on the latest CDC, state and Archdiocesan recommendations before making decisions to adjust any of these guidelines. Please have patience and understanding as we go forward. Thank you.