St. Thomas Aquinas, Dallas
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
RETURN TO WEEKDAY MASSES AT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
We are very happy that we are now able to invite you once more to participate in weekday Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas. Please read carefully before you sign up for the weekday Mass that you wish to attend.
To conform to capacity and social distancing requirements, the number of people admitted to the public Masses at this time will be limited.
Please use good sense and consider your health and that of other people in attendance in following these guidelines.
If you are sick, have a fever, or do not feel well, PLEASE REMAIN AT HOME UNTIL WELL.
If you sign up for more than 1 person, please also list the names of each person attending with you in the Comment Section.
Please do not sign up for a space at Mass for persons not attending with you.
At this time, access is open only to the church building - not to St. Anne Hall, the library, etc.
Please follow the necessary directions below.
PRACTICES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
I must ask each person attending Mass to wear a mask, and strictly to observe social distancing during the entire time they are on the church grounds or in the building.
Social distancing please must be maintained
- as you move towards and enter the church building for Mass,
- as you are seated during Mass
- in the Communion procession lines
- and as you exit the church after Mass.
SEATING AND MAINTAINING THE PEWS
Married couples and members of households, who live together, may sit together.
All others will sit individually and be separated by 6 ft.
Only every other pew will be used for seating beginning with the third row and utilizing the pews on the center aisle only for this time.
Places for individuals will be clearly marked and please do not climb over or remove the tape boundaries to sit in restricted areas.
There are no missalettes or prayer books in the pews. Please bring your own materials…paper or digital…and take these with you.
All materials left in the pews will be discarded.
TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING
- Maintain social distancing in communion procession line;
- Remove mask when next in line to receive;
- Receive Eucharist on bare hand (no gloves or tissues);
- Replace mask after consumption;
- Return to pew for prayer.
Receiving Holy Communion on the tongue is not safe at this time. To receive in the hand as an approved and most ancient means of reception does not do dishonor to the Lord in His Eucharistic Presence and, particularly when observed from a motive of increased charity for others during this time, does the Lord even greater honor.
Following Mass, the seating area will be disinfected. To allow the cleaning crew access to the church to complete this important task please leave the church within 15 minutes after all weekday Masses are concluded.
All materials left in the pews and in the narthex will be discarded for the sake of safety.
In closing I simply wish to add that, we must all be thankful to be able to begin in this way to come together once more as a worshipping community. We must also remind ourselves that in doing so we pray with and for all who cannot yet be together with us here.
When the next steps can happen is as yet unclear, but we must be patient and prayerful. We must never allow ourselves to take for granted the Eucharist and the celebration of the Liturgy. Even in its most simple form, it is participation in the heavenly worship that is eternally offered by the one and true and only priest Jesus Christ, and yet it touches and directs our daily lives.
Therefore, brothers, since through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy. We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near. [Hebrew10:19-24]
Please go below to sign up for your Mass choice, and we look forward to seeing you there.
Fr. John Libone