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Saturday Vigil Mass to Resume This Weekend

Saturday Vigil Mass to Resume June 6th
Beginning this weekend, Sacred Heart will resume the celebration of public Mass on a modified schedule. Masses will be celebrated at the following times:
– 5:30 pm (Saturday Vigil)
– 7:30 am
– 9:30 am (and via livestream here)
– 11:30 am
– 5:30 pm
*The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass also remains in effect.

Our Safety Measures in Place
Why the change in Mass times? The modified schedule is to allow ample time for the cleaning and sanitizing of the church after each Mass. The church will be open 15 minutes prior to each Mass and we ask that parishioners do not linger after Mass has ended to give us time to prepare for the next celebration.

Seating may be limited due to the configuration of our church pews and aisles. We are asking everyone to follow the ushers’ instructions, filling in the church from the front, and making room for as many as we safely can.

Please be advised that we are asking all parishioners to follow the below safety guidelines if you plan to come in person:
– Use the Florida Avenue main doors for entering and exiting the church, unless special assistance is needed via the Twiggs Street ramp.
– Sanitize your hands upon entering (and leaving) the church.
– Wear a protective mask/covering while inside the church building, except during the reception of communion.
– Follow the ushers’ directions regarding seating.
– Respect the 6-ft social distancing space between you and those not in your immediate household.

Please note that the communion routes will be significantly different, so be attentive to the announcements and instructions from our ushers. Also the bathrooms will not be available at any time during or outside of Mass and childcare will not be provided.

Visit our Latest News & Updates page for more information.

Sunday Mass to Resume May 31st

Sunday Mass Resumes May 31st
Beginning this Sunday, May 31st, Sacred Heart will resume the celebration of Sunday Mass on a modified schedule. Masses will be celebrated at the following times:
– 7:30 am
– 9:30 am (and via livestream here)
– 11:30 am
– 5:30 pm
*The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass also remains in effect.

Why the change in Mass times? The modified schedule is to allow ample time for the cleaning and sanitizing of the church after each Mass. The church will be open 15 minutes prior to each Mass and we ask that parishioners do not linger after Mass has ended to give us time to prepare for the next celebration.

Seating may be limited due to the configuration of our church pews and aisles. We are asking everyone to follow the ushers’ instructions, filling in the church from the front, and making room for as many as we safely can.

Please be advised that we are asking all parishioners to follow the below safety guidelines if you plan to come in person:
– Use the Florida Avenue main doors for entering and exiting the church, unless special assistance is needed via the Twiggs Street ramp.
– Sanitize your hands upon entering (and leaving) the church.
– Wear a protective mask/covering while inside the church building, except during the reception of communion.
– Follow the ushers’ directions regarding seating.
– Respect the 6-ft social distancing space between you and those not in your immediate household.

Please note that the communion routes will be significantly different, so be attentive to the announcements and instructions from our ushers. Also the bathrooms will not be available at any time during or outside of Mass and childcare will not be provided.

Visit our Latest News & Updates page for more information.

Mass: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

With the announcement from Bishop Parkes about the suspension of all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings, our goal is to continue our weekly Sunday tradition of celebrating Mass together.

While we can’t be together in person, we’ve recorded Mass celebrating Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Watch now and celebrate with us.

 

Mass: 5th Sunday of Lent

With the announcement from Bishop Parkes about the suspension of all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings, our goal is to continue our weekly Sunday tradition of celebrating Mass together.

While we can’t be together in person, we’ve recorded Mass celebrating the 5th Sunday of Lent. Watch now and celebrate with us.

Mass: 4th Sunday of Lent

With the recent announcement from Bishop Parkes about the suspension of all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings, our goal is to continue our weekly Sunday tradition of celebrating Mass together.

While we can’t be together in person, we’ve recorded our very first online Mass celebrating the 4th Sunday of Lent. Watch now and celebrate with us.

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Celebration of Mass at Sacred Heart Suspended Until Further Notice

Effective immediately, and out of an abundance of caution for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, per the direction of Bishop Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, all public Masses and all parish events, programs, and ministry meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Sacred Heart Church will remain open for private prayer so that the faithful may be present to Our Lord who is fully present in the Tabernacle, however, protocol for social distancing must be observed.

The church will be open weekdays, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, will be closed on Saturdays, and open on Sundays, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.


Additional Considerations:
– The suspension of Masses and parish activity includes the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Baptism (except in emergency situations).
– In regards to weddings and funerals, pastoral discretion to celebrate is permitted, but participation must be limited. Please consult with one of the Friar priests for details and direction.
– Confession will not be regularly offered as per normal during weekdays and on Saturdays. Individual confessions may be heard at the discretion of the friar priests and with the proper care taken to prevent the spread of this virus.

Friday Soup Suppers Canceled Until Further Notice

With the continued news about coronavirus (COVID-19), and out of an abundance of caution, Sacred Heart has made the decision to cancel our Lenten tradition of Friday Soup Suppers until further notice. We care about the health, safety and well-being of all of our parishioners and want to ensure we do all we can to keep you safe from potential illness.

We will still hold Stations of the Cross each and every Friday during Lent, so please consider joining us at 7:30 pm in the church for this wonderful Lenten tradition.