COVID-19 Response

St. Ann's Guidelines & Response

On the Parish Level

Guidelines

Seating Options for Weekend Masses:

We are limited to 22 people in the Church and 45 people in the parish life center due to current social distancing requirements.  In addition to the Saturday 5:00 PM Vigil Mass, and the 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM Sunday Masses, the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass will also be streamed live.  The Holy Eucharist will be distributed at the end of Mass: those in the church will receive first and then those who may be in the parish life center next.

You may get the link to our St. Ann Facebook Page here https://www.facebook.com/StAnnFlorence/ to view the weekly Sunday Mass as it is livestreamed.

  • Weather permitting, you may consider viewing the weekend Masses on your smart phones / tablets from the parking lot, or sitting on the front steps or bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit on the lawn while maintaining all the current social distancing norms.

  • The parish life center open for all weekend Masses.

  • An usher will be present outside the church main doors to assist you before each Mass.

  • After the final Blessing & Dismissal Communion will be distributed.

  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.

  • You must wear a mask at all times when in the church or parish live center for Mass.

  • The restrooms will not be available in the buildings on the parish campus at this time.

Social Distancing & Communion:

  • Please be sure to keep the “6 feet rule” when seated in the church and the parish life center when lining up to receive Holy Communion and when gathered outside on the lawn. Couples and families are welcome to sit together. There are blue arrows the floor of the main aisle: please use them as a guide to space yourself from the person ahead of you.

  • You must wear a mask if you are seated for Mass indoors.

  • It is recommended that people receive in the hand. If you receive in the hand please make sure you do not crumple your fingers and touch the hand of the priest …hold your left hand “flat as a pancake” allowing the priest to lay the Host on your palm and then pick up the Host with right hand. If you wish to receive on the tongue, please be last in line to receive.

  • “Traffic Signs”: Please be observant of the “yellow traffic tape” directing how you enter the pews and the “blue arrows" as you ine up to receive Holy Communion.

  • Communion will be received at the end of the Mass; please exit by the main doors after you receive Communion.

  • Please fellowship with friends, guests and family outside on the lawn; be sure to keep the "6 feet rule" when socializing after Mass.

Music / Worship Aids for the Mass:

  • Worship Aids for the weekend Masses will be available for you to donwload and print in the comfort of your home by Friday of the current week.  Go to our "Music Ministry" Page under "Ministries" on the parish website, https://stanncatholicparish.com, to download and print your copy. Paper copies are also available for those attending Mass in the parish life center.

  • If you choose to use a paper copy made available by the church, please dispose of your program in the trashcan after Mass. They will not be reused.

Offertory Collection:

  • We thank all those who have continue to give to the parish via electronic giving or mail in their offertory envelope.

  • An offertory basket has been placed on a chair in front of the altar in the church.

  • You may drop your envelope in before Mass or as you approach for Holy Communion.

Liturgical Ministers:

  • Thank you to all those who have been so generous in serving Our Lord and the parish in the various liturgical ministries as Altar Servers, Ushers, Greeters, Cantors, Choir, Lectors, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

  • However, given current health precautions and norms, no one over 65 may serve at any our parish liturgies until further notice.

  • At this time, we will no longer will be using Altar Servers, Ushers, Greeters, Cantors or Sacristans at the parish Masses until further notice. It is important to reduce the number of people who set up, handle items or who are present at the door and in the hallway.

Guidelines for the Sacrament of Confession:

  • Confessions are available thirty minutes before every regularly scheduled Mass.  However, you must schedule and appointment with the pastor for the Confession by calling the St. Ann Parish Office, 843.661.5012, in advance.

  • Please keep the 6 feet social distancing norm and you line up in the church and are waiting to receive the Sacrament. You must wear a mask.

  • Please observe the "blue traffic arrows" directing one-way traffic on the maind aisle in the church.

  • Please be well prepared before you line up. Examination of Conscience booklets are available on the table in the narthex of the church.

  • Be brief. Again be well prepared. Be brief.

  • Given the current pandemic the Confessional is not the time for spiritual counseling. Be prepared: state the sin you need to confess and the number of times committed. Some people think they need to explain and give commentary; if the priest needs more information he will ask. Be well prepared & brief.

  • The Confession schedule will be expanded gradually over the summer months.

 

On the Diocesan Level

The Diocese of Charleston considers the health and well-being of our people to be the highest priority. We are following the directives of local, state and federal health authorities in extablishing health and precautions throught the state.

La Diócesis de Charleston considera que la salud y el bienestar de nuestra gente son la máxima prioridad. Estamos siguiendo las directivas de las autoridades de salud locales, estatales y federales para establecer precauciones de salud y seguridad en todo el estado.

Updates / Actionalizaciones

Timely updates and Messages from our Bishop to the diocesan COVID-19 Response are available https://charlestondiocese.org/covid-19-response/.

 

 

 

 
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