Updated - May 28, 2020
I am very pleased to share that Bishop Peter Libasci has permitted parishes in our diocese to distribute Holy Communion to faithful beginning this Sunday, May 24th. It is such wonderful news that we can welcome the joyful and healing presence of our Eucharistic Lord into our hearts once again! We are taking every reasonable precaution so that we can receive this essential nourishment in keeping with safety and reverence. This is an interim measure while we patiently await the reintroduction of public Masses in the near future.
Please carefully read the instructions below. We will have ushers to assist with the proceedings on Sunday, but familiarizing yourself with the process will help things run smoothly.
The bishop's dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect.
Plans to reintroduce public Masses are being carefully developed at the diocesan level, but we have no news to report at this time. Any updates will be communicated as soon as possible via email, website, and Facebook.
Thank you for your patience as we roll out these measures and make adjustments accordingly.
Instructions for Distribution of Holy Communion
- Holy Communion will be distributed at St. Christopher's Parish on:
Saturdays from 4:45 to 5:05 p.m.
Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Monday through Thursday - 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.
** Doors will be locked until distribution times begin **
- Facial coverings are required for everybody entering the church over the age of 5. Coverings can be removed only at the reception of Holy Communion. Even Father will wear a covering!
- Enter the church through the front doors and maintain a six-foot distance between families. Handicapped parishioners are permitted to use the side entrance. Hand sanitizer will be available.
- Proceed silently up the main aisle and Holy Communion will be distributed in the usual place in front of the altar. You are permitted to receive either on the hand or the tongue, standing or kneeling.
- Once you have received, please exit the church using the side door.
- In order to help the line move at a reasonable pace and in adherence with state guidelines on group gatherings, parishioners are not permitted to remain in the church after receiving. However, the other regular hours of private prayer will still be available in the church.
- As you exit the church, we invite you to do so prayerfully and we will have 'Prayer After Communion" cards available. You may choose to spend some quiet time with the Lord outside or in your car. Even during your drive home, consider offering prayer or silence instead of immediately turning on the radio or using phones.
- If you are positive with COVID-19 or suspect you might be, please do not enter the church and remain at home for the safety of others.
- At this time, we are not able to distribute Holy Communion to the home-bound with the exception of emergency situations involving Last Rites.
Receiving all of the graces Our Lord desires to share with us in the Eucharist requires that we spiritually prepare ourselves for this awesome moment. Here are some recommendations for worthy reception:
- Prior to coming to receive Holy Communion, please prayerfully unite yourself to the Mass. You can do this by joining in the live streamed broadcast, reading the scripture readings for the Mass, or praying the rosary or another devotion.
- The Church requires us to fast at least one hour prior to receiving the Eucharist, unless there are serious health reasons to forgo the fast.
- Receiving our Lord in the Eucharist brings us face-to-face with Almighty God and our hearts must be purified before we make this divine encounter. If you are in need of the graces of Confession, you can receive the sacrament here on Saturdays 2:30-3:30 pm, Wednesdays 8:45 am, or by appointment.
You remain in my prayers and I look forward with great eagerness to share the Body and Blood of Our Lord with you on Sunday! Please contact our office if we can be of assistance in any way.