Coronavirus Pandemic -- How to Keep Safe at Mass
Seating capacity at all three churches 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, and plan to come to only one Mass per weekend. If you need any help please contact our parish office at tel: 069-21936500 during office hours (no email registrations will be accepted).
For normal Saturday and Sunday Masses, deadline for the registration is Fridays at 12:00 - noon.
Whether you are signing up online or by phone, you will be asked for the following information:
- Telephone Number + complete Address
- Which Mass you would like to attend
- How many family members will be attending with you. NOTE that starting the weekend of June 26-27, 2021, the Diocese of Limburg says that children under the age of 14 no longer need to register for Mass; they can just come and sit with their families.
Important: These lists have absolutely nothing to do with formally registering with the State or with paying church taxes, and they will be destroyed after 3 weeks. The lists are mandated by the Gesundheitsamt (Health Department) so that in the event of anyone attending a particular Mass tests positive for Covid-19, everyone else who attended can be notified.
Directions during Masses
- Parishioners must wear an FFP2 mask or medical/surgical mask when moving around inside the church, such as to enter or leave the building or go to Communion.Everyone must bring their own personal face mask. You may remove your mask when seated, according to a diocese ruling in September 2021. Please keep at least 1.5 meters distance from all other parishioners not from your own household.
- At the door you will be asked for your name so that we can check if you have registered for that particular Mass. Only then will you be allowed to enter. Those experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms and/or fever are not allowed to enter the church building.
- Upon entering the church you will have the opportunity to disinfect your hands with hand sanitizer, if you wish.
- 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.
- "Moderate" singing is permitted during Mass, according to the diocese's September 2021 ruling. 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.
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.
Please remember that the dispensation for Sunday Mass obligation is STILL in place. So, if, for any reason, you do not feel safe attending Mass (for example, due to age or due to other health issues) … or if the attendance lists fill up too quickly 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 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.
And – there are some weekday German Masses available (for example at 8:00 am and 12:30 pm at the Dom in Frankfurt). 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.