April 28, 2020
Dear St. John’s Cathedral Family:
It is with great Easter joy that we announce to you the plans for reinstating the celebration of the Holy Mass at our Cathedral parish. Please attentively read all the guidelines that have been prepared with special considerations to help keep us all healthy and safe. The following guidelines are in accordance with the Governor’s four stage directives for re-opening the state that includes places of worship. https://rebound.idaho.gov/stages-of-reopening/
Thank you for your continued prayers for an end to this pandemic and for your compliance with these policies.
Beginning Saturday, May 2, the following masses will resume at St. John's in the Cathedral:
- Saturday 5 pm
- Sunday 8 am
- Sunday 10 am
- Sunday 1 pm (Spanish)
Please note: The Sunday 11:30 am and 5 pm masses are TEMPORARILY CANCELLED.
Further, the following will be held in the Cathedral:
- Monday-Friday 8:30 am and 12:15 pm - Mass
- Monday-Friday 9:15 am to 12 noon - Exposition/Adoration
- Tuesday 12:45 pm - Reconciliation
- Saturday 8:30 am - Mass
- Saturday 3-4:45 pm - Reconciliation
TWO IMPORTANT STIPULATIONS:
1 - Per Governor Little’s statement, every two weeks there will be a re-evaluation, against criteria as established by the governor’s committee on the coronavirus, to determine feasibility to advance from one stage to the next. All criteria must be met to move to the next stage, and dates are estimated targets. Restrictions on our gatherings may be re-established if those criteria are not met. We will keep you apprised of the state directives as we advance from one stage to the next.
2 - The bishop will maintain the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass for those 60 and older; those who are immunocompromised or otherwise vulnerable; and all those who have judged it prudent for their health and safety to remain home. This dispensation remains in place until we reach the final phase of the governor’s directive (as of today, that date is June 26th).
The following are St. John’s specific guidelines to be observed by ALL who choose to attend mass at the Cathedral. You may also watch our Facebook video for detailed information.
- Enter and exit through 8th Street doors only.
- Maintain six feet between each other.
- Minimum guidelines to be observed by the faithful:
- A distance of six feet must be maintained between individuals at all times: A same household family or a same household couple count as “one individual.” MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY WILL ONLY ALLOW 100 Individuals per mass.
- Every other pew is to be left empty, occupy ONLY open pews clearly identified with labels “SEAT” delineating six feet of distance.
- Ushers will be asked to assist the faithful’s compliance with the six-feet rule of distance.
- Along with proper seating, please observe an orderly dismissal. Always remembering the six-foot social distance rule.
- All items such as hymnals, missals, prayer cards, and the like will be removed from pews. Song sheets or worship aids will be printed for each Mass for the faithful to use and then taken home for proper disposal.
- Ushers will not distribute bulletins. Instead, bulletins will be at a location where the faithful can each take one.
- Collection basket will be placed in a prominent place within the body of the church. Baskets will not be passed between the faithful for the collection at this time. Please deposit offerings into the basket.
- The cathedral will be sanitized between Masses.
- Please do not congregate before or after Mass.
- Personal masks and hand sanitizer are encouraged but not required.
- Ushers will direct flow of communion, beginning with transepts. After transepts then the main body of church. Please be attentive to the six-foot spacing.
- Out of continuing concern for the health of others, the faithful are asked to receive communion on the hand.
Thank you for adhering to these guidelines, and thank you for your prayers over these past weeks.
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist