Beginning Sunday, June 6 we will include singing in our worship. We will remain masked while singing for the next several weeks as we continue to practice social-distancing of 3 ft. While we intend to celebrate the Eucharist, we will do so with the all-in-one, self-contained elements. Distribution will once again take place at the altar rail.
As most are aware, masks are now optional for those who are fully vaccinated. We are following our County and State COVID guidelines, along with the CDC. We continue to remain cautious and require all those without vaccinations to wear a mask at our services and activities. Mask wearing is also suggested for the immunocompromised, but that remains a personal decision.
We also remind parishioners that we have hand sanitizers in visible locations, and do not share the chalice during the Eucharist.
The Bishop’s Committee has completed plans to re-open our church Building for worship service at 11 a.m. on May 2, 2021. We will welcome Deacon Dave Betz to celebrate with a Deacon’s Mass. Please plan to join us if you are able. A strict adherence to Diocesan guidelines and CDC recommendations will be enforced.
We are permitted to open at 25% of capacity. Therefore we will welcome up to 22 individuals to attend mass that day. We may be a bit over cautious, but as we test this introduction period please know we are taking every possible precaution to reduce the risks for everyone.
We will not take reservations; however, it would be helpful if you could let the Warden know of your intention to attend.
Social distance of 6 feet or more must be observed in seating arrangements. Family groups may sit together.
Masks will be required. Social Distancing will be maintained. Sanitizers will be available and adequate ventilation techniques will comply with recommendations. Singing is prohibited.
The bulletin for the service will be emailed to those with an address on file for printing at home. There will be bulletins available that morning.
Communion will be distributed by the Officiant. Attendees must remain in the pews.
Please know the signs of Covid 19. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches. Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea.
If you are experiencing these symptoms do not attend the service.
We are so grateful that the time has come to re-unite. Be Glad and Rejoice!
As our parish building remains closed due to the coronavirus, we invite everyone to participate in worship with other members of the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Beginning on September 13, online worship services will be led from the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo on alternating Sundays. The services will be posted on Facebook and YouTube each Sunday morning at 10 a.m., and will also be available for viewing on demand. The services will include music from each of the cathedral choirs and will be based on the Liturgy of the Word from Rite II Holy Eucharist. Resident cathedral clergy and others from across the diocese and partnership will preach.
Holy Trinity will suspend all worship services effective March 15, 2020 through March 29, 2020.
SUSPENDING IN-PERSON WORSHIP: A LETTER FROM BISHOP SEAN
MARCH 12, 2020
March 12, 2020
Dear People of God:
Today, I write with regret to tell you that I am suspending Sunday worship effectively Sunday, March 15. The COVID-19 epidemic is spreading so quickly that I cannot in good conscience permit gatherings that could easily hasten the spread of the disease and contribute to the collapse of our health care system.
I reached this decision after consultation with the Standing Committees, and it is based on the best public health advice available to me. My only concerns are the safety of the people of our dioceses and the welfare of the communities in which we live and work. As Christians, we are obligated to care for our neighbors and the vulnerable among us, and in the circumstances now before us, we can best do that by helping to slow the spread of the virus.
In addition to canceling in-person worship for at least the next three weeks, I am also canceling all in-person diocesan meetings or arranging to hold them online and I ask that congregations follow this example.
Doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 will require willingness to make sacrifices and to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Yesterday, I urged our congregations to explore online worship through the helpful guidelines on the partnership website. I am aware, however, that it may take some time for many of our congregations to begin offering worship in this way. It is our good fortune that this Sunday, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry provides a solution. He is preaching and presiding at an 11 a.m. Eucharist at Washington National Cathedral. The cathedral is closed until March 25 as part of the Diocese of Washington’s response to the coronavirus, and the service is being held solely for the purposes of streaming it online.