St. Jude Catholic Church is open during the week days for people to come and pray. The doors are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Maintenance, cleanings and other scheduled events may affect the availability of the church. Please be flexible and/or call the parish office prior to arrival.
Daily Mass is at 9 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Vigil Mass is at 5 pm on Saturdays. Sunday Masses are at 7:30 am, 9:30 am, and 11:30 am. People will check in at the main door and be assigned a pew. Seating will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
In order to remain open for services, the church must not exceed 50% occupancy and allow for adequate social distancing. If we have reached this limit, we will have to close the front church doors and turn away any further visitors. A staff member, a sacristan or a designated volunteer will be available for assistance. Please remember that the Bishop’s dispensation is still in effect. If you are unable to attend Mass, Father O’Keefe is still streaming the Mass on the St. Jude YouTube channel.
The pews are being cleaned in between each Mass. Unfortunately, this means that parishioners cannot stay after services. We are also asking for volunteers willing to help with this process to contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 540.891.7350.
We will be using only the even pews in the church. This will allow parishioners the 6ft distancing between those sitting in front and behind. The first pews need to be vacant because it will allow social distancing for those that choose to receive the Holy Eucharist.
We ask that visitors wear masks or other facial coverings, such as scarves, bandannas, or neck gaiters. Father O’Keefe has requested that any active volunteers participating in the Mass wear facial coverings (EMs, Lectors, Ushers, etc). Additional instructions for volunteers will be sent out via email.
When receiving Communion, parishioners must move aside their masks and, if receiving in the hand, remove their gloves. The Communal cup is not available. We have low gluten hosts. Please speak with a sacristan prior to Mass to let them know how many people require a low gluten host. They will provide you with additional instructions.
Holy water fonts are not available.
The Sign of Peace will not be offered during Mass.
The Activity Center is currently unavailable. Parishioners can still cross through the area from the back parking lot to access the parish offices. The back door will be locked until the end of Daily Mass.
The Baptistery (the main entrance area) is not available for parishioners during Mass. People can pass through the area to use the restrooms or exit/enter the building, but we ask that they do not loiter there due to the current health codes.
Confessions will be heard in the Rosary Garden next to the church, weather permitting. Father O’Keefe will meet with the petitioner by the garden benches. If there is a physical limitation, Father O’Keefe will come to the petitioner’s car. An attendant will be present to help facilitate the waiting line.
In case of inclement weather, Confession will be held in the Confessionals. An attendant will be on site to assist those waiting and to wipe down the Confessional in between penitents.
Confessions will be on Tuesdays starting at 7 pm and Saturdays starting at 3:30 pm.
ANOINTING AND VISITATIONS
For the safety of both the home bound parishioners and our Eucharistic Ministers, all home bound EM visits are temporarily suspended. Hospitals and nursing facilities are not allowing non-essential visitors.
Due to the current regulations, Father O’Keefe cannot visit parishioners except in cases of imminent death. If you need the anointing of the sick (prior to surgery or due to a severe/terminal medical condition), and it is not an emergency situation, call the office (540.891.7350) to arrange a time to come to the church and Father O’Keefe will administer the anointing of the sick.
Adoration and Benediction (Holy Hour) will follow the 9 am Mass on Fridays.