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Catholic Churches to Celebrate Mass Beginning June 1
Diocese of Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne has announced the first phase of the reopening of our churches to celebrate daily and Sunday Mass beginning June 1 using the previous local schedule.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains lifted until further notice, especially if you are part of a vulnerable population and/or have an underlying health condition.
Local clergy urge those who attend to approach the celebration of Mass with charity and love for our clergy and faith community by following the protocols:
- Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.
- Wear a mask in Mass.
- Sanitize your hands upon entry. Due to shortages of sanitizer, please bring your own if possible.
- Sit in designated pews and respect social distance between others of 6 feet or more unless you are one family unit.
- Refrain from congregating in tight areas or entering cordoned off areas.
- Follow the protocols to receive Holy Communion as directed at Mass.
- Follow our church protocols regarding registration due to the 25 percent capacity limit. At Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales this means no more than 100 people at any Mass and at St. John the Baptist the limit is 70 people per Mass.
Clergy asks that you let the churches know which Mass you plan to attend by calling the appropriate church office or emailing the same. At Sacred Heart St. Francis the phone number is 802-442-3141 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org. At St. John the Baptist the phone number is 802-447-7504 or email email@example.com. Let the church know by Friday at noon prior to the weekend Mass.
For more details about church protocols visit: vermontcatholic.org/covid-19. While these protocols are intrusive, they are necessary as they allow us to celebrate the Sacraments in person while doing our part to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Rev. Bob Wiseman, CSC and the Rev. Father Hugh Cleary, CSC, are looking to seeing some of their parishioners "live" at Mass again.
First Baptist Church reopening June 7
The First Baptist Church of Bennington is pleased to announce that the church will be reopening its doors for Sunday services beginning June 7. To protect our most vulnerable members, face masks will be required. For those that cannot attend, repeats of the Sunday services will still be available for view the week following the service on CAT-TV and on the church's website.
For more information, visit the website at fbcbennington.org.
Sunday readings at St. Peter's
There are no in person church services at this time at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The Sunday readings for Sunday, May 31, Whitsunday,
The Day of Pentecost, will be
Psalm 33:12-22 Canticle 2 First Lesson.
For information on online services, visit St Peter's web-page www.stpetersvt.org or look for St Peter's Episcopal Church on Facebook.
Pentecost with the Federated Church
Celebrating the power of the Holy Spirit and the events that signaled the birth of the church, come and be a part of the Pentecost Service of Worship from the comfort and safety of your home at 10 a.m. on May 31 with the Federated Church of East Arlington via Zoom. To view the service later go to the Federated Church of East Arlington YouTube channel or catch it on GNAT-TV.
Additional information, including the link to the service, can be found at the Church website at federatedchurchofeastarlington.org. For any questions, call 802-375-2548 or go to the church's website or Facebook page. The Federated Church is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.
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