Mass & Reconciliation Schedule

Lent 2021

Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Mass Times: 8 am & 6:30 pm

This year, Ash Wednesday will look a bit different. The distribution of ashes will be done by sprinkling ashes on the top of the head rather than distributed in the accustomed way. This is a more ancient form of the distribution of ashes that continues in the Church today in much of Italy and provides for a decreased opportunity to spread COVID-19. This instruction has come from the church in Rome. Please bear in mind that the sprinkling of ashes may mean some ashes could fall on clothing, especially at the shoulders.

Lenten Regulations

Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may only eat one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. These minimum penitential practices should not be lightly excused.

Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Sunday Mass

Bishop Ricken reinstated the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in the diocese, effective 10/5/20 until further notice. We will continue to celebrate the Mass every weekend for those who are able to attend and are willing to strictly follow the proper health protocols. During this time of increased infection, our Parish will to be even more vigilant about following the diocesan guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID 19 and allow as many people as is safe to come to Mass without fear of infection. The wearing of masks is mandatory at Masses.

Safety Precautions for Mass

Higher Risk Individuals

The elderly and people with respiratory conditions or compromised immune systems are encouraged to exercise more caution, consider staying home, participating remotely in Mass, and making spiritual communions.

Please self-monitor before arriving at church.

Please stay home if you feel unwell, have a fever of 100.4 F or higher, have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Masks Are Mandatory

Masks must be worn at all times when inside church, in the Parish hall, in the Chapel of Divine Mercy, and in the Parish office. Please bring a mask if you have one. The parish will provide one at the door if you don’t have one.

Social Distancing

  1. Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet between households, while entering church, in the pews, and in the Communion line.
  2. Every other pew will be open for seating. The rest will be blocked off to maintain social distancing.
  3. Video and audio of Mass will be projected in the Parish hall (downstairs) for additional seating.

Sanitation

  1. Hand sanitizer is available at all church entrances.
  2. Church is being cleaned and sanitized regularly. All pews are sanitized after every Mass.

For Communion

Please wait in your pew until the usher calls your pew up. Maintain a 6-foot distance between households in the Communion line. Wear your mask until you receive Jesus in the hand. With your other hand remove your mask to consume the Eucharist, then put your mask back on. Father Jon will be the only minister distributing on the tongue for those who hold this important enough to continue doing.

After Mass

Please do not stay to socialize in Church. Feel free to socialize outside.

 

These guidelines will also apply to weddings, funerals, and baptisms for the time being.

Good Shepherd Parish Mass Times

Tuesday

8:00 am Mass

Wednesday

8:00 am Mass

Thursday

6:00 am Mass
8:00 am Mass

Friday*

8:00 am Mass

Saturday**

4:00 pm Mass

Sunday

8:00 am Mass
10:00 am Mass

*The first Friday of each month, there is a litany following the 8 am Mass at Good Shepherd.
**The first Saturday of each month, there is an additional Mass at 8 am at Good Shepherd.

Good Shepherd Mass Videos

If you are unable or uncomfortable returning to Mass, you are invited to watch live or recorded Good Shepherd Masses on YouTube. Recorded Sunday Masses will be available by 8 am.

Remote Mass Opportunities

Act of Spiritual Communion (PDF)

Sunday 5:30 am: Mass is broadcast on ABC Channel 2 WBAY.
Sunday 8 am: Mass is broadcast on Channel CW14.
Sunday 9 am: Mass broadcast on Relevant Radio Station 1050 AM.
Mon-Fri 12 pm: Daily Mass live-streamed on Relevant Radio's website. You can access the Mass using the Relevant Radio app, or at https://relevantradio.com/faith/dailymass-video/.

Holy Days of Obligation

Please watch for updates about specific Mass times!

JAN 1 - The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

AUG 15 - The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

NOV 1 - The Solemnity of All Saints

DEC 8 - The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

DEC 25 - The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)

Reconciliation (Confession) Times

Saturday 3:00-3:45 pm Confessional
Sunday 7:00-7:45 am Confessional
Thursday 7:00-8:00 pm Drive thru in church parking lot

Confession is also available by appointment. To schedule a time, please email Father Jon or call him at 920-849-9363.