Sacred Heart Welcomes You Back!
It’s hard to believe that at this time last year we were quarantining from family, friends, and coworkers, and Sacred Heart was bringing Mass into your homes each and every week through your phone, tablet, or computer. What a difference a year makes! As more vaccines are administered and people feel safe to return to pre-pandemic activities, we have seen more and more parishioners returning to celebrate Mass with us in person.
Sacred Heart can’t wait to welcome you back, too. As you return to our pews, we’ve collected some helpful information below to ensure you are fully informed and understand the safety measures we have in place. We want you to feel comfortable celebrating with us again, and we can’t wait to see you soon.
General Dispensation Ending
Bishop Parkes and the Diocese of St. Petersburg have recently announced that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass each week will be lifted on May 22nd, the vigil of Pentecost. You can read more about the Bishop’s announcement here.
Safety Measures in Place
As you return to our pews, we know safety remains a top priority. Our goal continues to be a welcoming parish and a place where everyone feels as safe and comfortable as possible. Under the advisement of the CDC and the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Sacred Heart will have the following safety measures in place:
- Providing hand sanitizing stations at each entrance of the church.
- Reducing our social distancing seating to 3-feet from others who are not in your household.
- Removing ropes from the pews in the center aisle, while limiting seating to every other pew in the side aisles. Parishioners are asked to choose seats according to your comfort level.
- Restoring Holy Water to the fonts at all entrances.
New Mask Guidelines
On May 13th, the CDC issued a statement about wearing masks during the pandemic. As of this coming weekend, June 5th – 6th, Sacred Heart will now follow those directives, including:
- Fully-vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear a mask while celebrating Mass at Sacred Heart; however, if you are apprehensive or have some level of discomfort regarding this directive you are more than welcome to continue wearing a mask during Mass, even if fully vaccinated.
- Those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue wearing a mask, for their own health, safety, and well-being.
Our highest priority at Sacred Heart is to keep our parishioners safe. The friars and parish staff will continue to monitor for changes and adjust as needed. We thank you for your cooperation and support.
We thank everyone who has continued to give to Sacred Heart during the pandemic, and we humbly ask all of our parishioners for your continued financial support. If you are able, bring your envelopes with you to Mass each Sunday, mail them to our parish office, or consider signing up for Online Giving. Please know we are immensely grateful for your continued generosity.
As a reminder, weekend Mass times for Sacred Heart are:
– Saturday Vigil: 5:30 pm
– Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 5:30 pm
For additional Mass times as well as information about the availability of Sacrament of Reconciliation, click here.
Parking options have changed a bit here at Sacred Heart. The 717 Parking Lot (at the corner of W. Kennedy Blvd. and N. Florida Ave) is no longer free of charge for parishioners. Two other options are available, however, including:
– On-Street Parking: available free of charge every Sunday morning from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
– Madison Building Garage: available free of charge for Saturday Vigil / Sunday Masses and only for the duration of the Mass. If you go to breakfast or a downtown event, please pay the posted rates.
For more information, visit our parking page here.
Live Stream Mass
Sacred Heart will still provide Mass via live stream every Sunday morning at 9:00 am. Visit our Online Mass page to watch. Please note: After the weekend of May 15-16th, Sacred Heart will no longer distribute Communion at the North Campus.