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Coronavirus Pandemic -- 3G Rules, Mask Requirement

Coronavirus Pandemic -- 3G Rules, Mask Requirement
Coronavirus Pandemic -- 3G Rules, Mask Requirement
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Mass registration

Seating capacity at all three of the parish's church locations is now limited due to the need to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters on each side to the next parishoner who is from another household, so advance signups are required before you may attend most of our religious services. Please use our online registration system (no email registrations are accepted) and plan to come to only one Mass per weekend. If you need any help signing up, please contact the Parish Office at tel: 069-2193 6500 during office hours. For normal Saturday and Sunday Masses, the deadline for registration is Fridays at 12:00 noon.

Note that we collect only the names of those attending each Mass (as well as an email address for the confirmation reply) in order to maintain the attendance-number limits; the registration lists will be destroyed immediately after the service. The lists have absolutely nothing to do with formally registering with the State or with paying church tax.

3G Verification Before Admission to Church

The Diocese of Limburg, in conjunction with the State of Hesse's laws for large gatherings, requires all churches to follow Germany's "3G" standards to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This means that in order to attend Mass on Saturdays or Sundays, you must show proof of being either:

1.  Geimpft (Vaccinated) - or-
2.  Genesen (Recovered) -or-
3.  Getestet  (tested with a negative test result from a TEST CENTER no older than 24 hours)                
In additon, you must also show your personal ID.

Note that

  • Children and teenagers are exempt from 3G as they are regularly tested at school
  • 3G is in effect only for the weekend Masses.  The Tuesday evening Mass at St. Leonhard's is, at the moment, exempt from the 3G requirement

We will have people checking for proof of 3G at each Mass before you enter the church. Please have all documentation ready so that the process can go as quickly as possible.  Also, it is recommended to arrive a bit earlier than usual. If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please feel free to contact Pastoral Associate Lori Bemb at l.bemb@parish-frankfurt.de or tel. (069) 2193 6500. 

While attending Mass, you are also required to keep a 1.5-meter distance from other people who aren't from your own household, and wear a masks (medical type or FFP, KN95 or N95 standard) covering your nose and mouth during your entire time in the church building.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeling well, or otherwise feel uncomfortable attending Mass for health reasons, please stay home and take advantage of online Masses. While not a perfect solution, televised or webcast Masses are still an option to fulfill your Sunday obligation. Links to these services are available at the end of this page as well as in other sections of this website.

We thank all our parishioners in advance for your cooperation.  As followers of Christ, we are obligated to take care of each other.  Please be patient and kind.

Directions during Masses

  1. Parishioners must wear an FFP2/N95/KN95 or medical/surgical mask at all times during Mass, including while seated and in line for Communion, removing it only briefly to consume the Eucharist. Everyone must bring their own personal face mask. Please keep at least 1.5 meters distance from all other parishioners not from your own household. If you're experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms and/or fever, please do not try to attend church; online Masses (see below for suggested links) are valid for meeting the Sunday obligation. 
  2. At the door you will be asked for your name so that we can check if you have registered for that particular Mass, and your 3G status will be checked. Only then will you be allowed to enter.
  3. Upon entering the church you will have the opportunity to disinfect your hands with hand sanitizer, if you wish.
  4. At St. Leonhard's and St. Mary's, seats where you're allowed to sit are clearly marked with stickers. Familes / couples living in one household may sit together. At Holy Cross, family members wishing to sit as a group may move their folding chairs together in a row (one seat should remain where it was initially placed); please maintain a 1.5-meter distance to other parishioners' seats. 
  5. "Moderate" singing is permitted during Mass. The bulletin, which is distributed as you check in, has the readings for the month as well as the major liturgical prayers and responses. Please keep the bulletin and bring it back to re-use during the rest of the month's Masses.
  6. During Communion, please maintain 1.5 meters distance from the person in front of you in line. People in the back rows should proceed to Communion first.
  7. After Mass, please exit the church as quickly as possible and don't gather in groups either inside or outside the church.

Small Children

Due to the distancing requirements, children attending Mass with their parents MUST be seated during the Mass. It is not permitted for children to move around the church. If parents cannot ensure compliance, perhaps it would be better if one parent comes this week and the other the following week.

Valid Alternatives to In-Person Mass Attendance

Please remember that the dispensation for Sunday Mass obligation is STILL in place.  Therefore, if for any reason you do not feel safe attending Mass (for example, due to age or health issues), or if the attendance lists fill up and you do not get a spot, remember that watching Mass online or on TV at home and receiving “spiritual communion” is still an approved alternative. See https://www.churchservices.tv/churches/ for webcast links to English-language Catholic Masses in Ireland and the U.K., and https://m.youtube.com/c/BistumLimburgVideo?noapp=1 for German-language Masses celebrated at the Bishop's Chapel or the Cathedral in Limburg.

We are now also offering weekly Tuesday evening Masses at St. Leonhard's, plus there are weekday German Masses available in Frankfurt (for example at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Dom/St. Bartholomew's Cathedral).  Attending a weekday Mass and receiving the Eucharist also counts as fulfilling your Sunday obligation.

We realize that these are a lot of rules and regulations to follow, but the safety of our parishioners is our first and foremost concern.

 

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