THE SLOW RETURN TO PUBLIC WORSHIP BEGINS
Brothers & Sisters:
As of Monday, June 8, 2020, parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford can reopen for the public celebration of Mass during the week only, provided that there are no more than the number currently set by the civil authorities of socially distanced persons present at a given Mass keeping and provided that a parish is in compliance with the directives given to them by the Archdiocese. The first Mass will be Monday, June 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Saint Teresa for 26 people. The second Mass will be Friday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity for 45 people. Those attending are required 1.) to wear a face covering, 2.) to bring your own hand sanitizer, 3.) to remain 6 feet apart from anyone who is not a member of your household and 4.) to observe any other required precautions. Registration is a requirement, so please register for either Mass here. Please register before 8 p.m. the night before the Mass you plan on attending. This is not a return to an old normal, nor is it the beginning of a new normal. We remain in an abnormal situation. See all the Archdiocesan guidelines for returning to Mass here.
PLEASE BE ADVISED
There may not be sufficient room at any given Mass for all who wish to attend.
There is only room for 26 people at Saint Teresa and 45 at the Church of the Nativity.
You may not be able to sit in your accustomed pew or attend Mass at the time or place you wish.
You may sign up for only one Mass to allow others the opportunity to attend Mass
When you come to Mass, you are required: 1.) to wear a face covering, 2.) to bring your own hand sanitizer, 3.) to remain 6 feet apart from anyone who is not a member of your household and 4.) to observe any other required precautions.
No social gatherings are permitted either before or after Mass, including the parking lot.
Each person is responsible to determine whether he or she should attend, but you are not under the obligation to attend Mass.
Who Can Come to Mass
In this first stage of resuming public worship, no more than 26 socially distanced persons at Saint Teresa and 45 socially distanced persons at Church of the Nativity may be present at a given Mass in keeping with the limitation currently set by the civil authorities.
Who Shouldn’t Come to Mass
The elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, those who are fearful or anxious, and those who are taking care of a sick or homebound person need not be concerned if they miss Mass as the dispensation from the Sunday obligation has now been extended. Anyone in those categories is asked to continue taking advantage of television of streaming Masses online as they stay home and stay safe.
As for Sunday Mass, the dispensation from the Sunday obligation previously granted to all Catholics of the archdiocese by the Archbishop has now been extended through Sunday, September 6, 2020. This will remain in effect even when the public celebration of Sunday Mass resumes, hopefully in the very near future. No Sunday Mass has been scheduled.
STAY HEALTHY. STAY HOLY. STAY CONNECTED.
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Sat. 3:00 p.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
Saturday Vigil 4:00 p.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Church of the Nativity
10:00 a.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
11:30 a.m. Saint Teresa of Avila
Weekday Masses 8:15 a.m.
Monday & Tuesday Saint Teresa of Avila
Thursday & Friday Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity
48 East Street (Route 132)
Bethlehem, CT 06751
Saint Teresa of Avila Church
146 Main Street South (Route 6)
Woodbury, CT 06798
Weekday Masses are cancelled when Region 14 delays or cancels classes during the winter months.
The Mass intention for any cancelled Mass will be moved to the next available Mass.
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates every employee and volunteer in our parish participate in the Virtus Protecting God's Children for Adults and completes a Background Check prior to beginning their work in ministry. Every student in our Religious Education Program must attend a Child Lures Program during classes once a year.