For several months we have been sheltering at home as the community at-large joins efforts to stop the spread of the pandemic virus. Slowly the community is inching towards re-opening. Going forward, Sacred Heart will continue to provide a live stream of Sunday Mass, which can be viewed here. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect.
Bishop Parkes announced that the public celebration of Sunday Mass can begin again starting on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, at the discretion of the local pastor. Sacred Heart has already resumed the 12:10 pm weekday Mass and that has helped us to prepare for and understand how to begin to accommodate for future Sunday celebrations.
Please know that we understand many of you remain hesitant to attend Sunday Mass in person, so we will continue to provide our live stream Mass via Facebook Live each Sunday at 9:30 am for the foreseeable future. Fr. George will be speaking about our plans for resuming public Sunday Masses at Sacred Heart during the live stream Mass this Sunday, so stay tuned!
How Will Sacred Heart Prepare?
As we begin our planning to resume public Sunday Mass, we realize that our capacity inside the church will be far lower than allowed, as our church configuration makes social distancing more challenging and limiting. Our initial experience with the weekday Mass has proven successful as everyone has been cooperating with the safety guidelines in place, the limited open hours (11:45 am until the end of Mass), and the closed/restricted restroom area.
To understand how our parishioners are feeling, we recently sent out a survey asking about your Sunday Mass plans. We will use this information to help inform how we move forward, but please know that our Mass schedule will be adjusted to accommodate for the required sanitizing and cleaning of the entire church between Masses.
Our Current Safety Measures
As we gather again to be joyfully present for the celebration of Mass, we are asked to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to follow Bishop Parkes’ guidelines and the CDC recommendations and ask for your cooperation in taking the necessary precautions, which include:
- Sanitizing your hands when entering and leaving the church.
- Wearing a protective mask while inside the church building, except when receiving Communion.
- Restricting attendance so that social distancing can occur.
- Respecting the 6-feet distancing from others who are not in your household.
If you are not comfortable coming to our church but would like to celebrate daily Mass, please consider visiting Bishop Robert Barron’s website – Word on Fire – to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home. The video will be posted at 8:15am ET each day.
When the rhythms of life return…
– Monday thru Friday: 7:00 am, 12:10 pm
– Saturday (Vigil Mass): 5:30 pm
– Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 5:30 pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation
– Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
– Saturday: 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Please note: On state and national holidays, the parish offices are closed, and there is only one Mass celebrated. Please see the bulletin that week for further details. Daily confessions are also not held on holidays.
Holy Days of Obligation
The Holy Day of Obligation Mass schedule varies by day. Please see the bulletin that week for further details.
The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg provides information regarding the names of parishes and Mass times of Masses for the hearing impaired. Learn more.
The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg also provided information regarding Masses for the homebound. Learn more.