Welcome Home: Returning to Church Procedures & Protocol
Face Masks Wanted
Masks will be required to attend Mass!
To donate masks (hand-made or disposable) to be distributed to parishioners who do not have one, please call the parish office, 304-599-3747.
If you receive a reusable mask at Mass, it is yours to keep. Please take it home, wash it, and use it again next time!
Basic Guidelines for Attending Mass During Phased Reopening
St. Mary Church plans to hold its first Mass on Sunday, May 24 at 8:30am.
This opening Mass will be a trial of our new protocols and procedures, and we appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and cooperation as we move forward.
Future Masses will continue at 8:30am, until other Mass times are announced.
The dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass continues, and those who are elderly, or at-risk, and those who fear being infected, are encouraged to stay home.
Some things to be aware of:
-Anyone who is sick should stay home (COVID-19, cold, flu, cough, etc.) If you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, or do not feel well, please do not attend Mass.
-Masks must be worn at all times, except at the moment when you put the Host in your mouth. Please come with your own mask if at all possible. The church will have only a limited supply to make available to parishioners.
-Extremely limited seating will be available (about 90 people), and people will be seated on a first-come first-served basis, with space allotted for individuals and families. The maximum family group size we can seat together is 4 people. Once we reach capacity, anyone who cannot be seated will not be permitted to enter the church, please be understanding.
-The church is being cleaned and sanitized before and after each Mass, and hand sanitizer will be available for parishioners’ use. You are encouraged to sanitize upon entrance and exit.
-Try to arrive around 15 minutes early to allow time for our new seating process.
-Entrance to the church will only be via the main parking lot church door nearest the altar, please line-up in a social distanced manner (following tape guides on the sidewalk) and maintain your own distancing beyond those marked spaces.
-During Mass, please be aware and follow all direction from Fr. Di Bacco, the ushers, and other volunteers. There will be new protocols for seating, where you may walk and stand, and how to receive communion. Please be flexible, as some of our routines will have changed!
Please watch the video from the diocese demonstrating some of the new guidelines for attending Mass.
Our 8:30am Mass will be broadcast on the radio on 1300AM WCLG & 92.1FM, and TuneIn channel Morgan 92.1. We will live stream our 8:30am Mass to facebook until we resume music during Mass.
You can still visit dwc.org/mass for live-streamed daily and weekend Mass.
There will be no daily Mass at this time, and the church will not be open to visitors during the day during this period.
All other buildings will remain closed and locked during this phase of reopening. No activities or gatherings may occur in the church or other parish buildings.
The Parish Office will remain closed to in-person visits until further notice, and is operating under reduced hours. We are still accessible by phone or email.
Please visit www.dwc.org to view all of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston's guidelines for re-opening.
The Diocese is streaming daily Mass, Monday through Friday, at 12:05pm from the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Weekend Mass is also live-streaming at 6pm on Saturday, and it remains online through Sunday. To watch, visit https://dwc.org/home/mass/
As Bishop Mark Brennan has noted there are many online websites and mobile apps to enrich our spirit during this time. We are all God’s children. Receive His love through daily readings, prayer and reflections.
Please visit www.dwc.org for a list of resources for you and your loved ones.
In addition to the diocesan website, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ website, usccb.org, has a plethora of resources presented in text, audio, and video formats.
Readings for the week of May 24, 2020
- Sunday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  / Eph 1:17-23 / Mt 28:16-20
- 7th Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:12-14 / Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8  / 1 Pt 4:13-16 / Jn 17:1-11a
- Monday: Acts 19:1-8 / Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab [33a] / Jn 16:29-33
- Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27 / Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 [33a] / Jn 17:1-11a
- Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38 / Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab [33a] / Jn 17:11b-19
- Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11  / Jn 17:20-26
- Friday: Acts 25:13b-21 / Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab [19a] / Jn 21:15-19
- Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 [cf. 7b] / Jn 21:20-25
- Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 / Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b / Dn 3:52, 53, 55, 56 [52b] or Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Ez 37:1-14 / Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  / Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Day: Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 [cf. 30] / 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / Jn 20:19-23
St. Ursula Food Pantry
St. Ursula Food Pantry and Outreach Needs:
All sizes, but especially 4, 5 & 6
Including, but not limited to: carrots, yams, potatoes, peas, etc.
(NO green beans or corn, please)
St. Ursula is seeking donations of any (home-made) masks or bandanas to distribute as face coverings to those in need.
Breakfast With God
Breakfast with God is a Sunday morning opportunity for families to celebrate the themes of the Gospel, pray together, enjoy a read-a-loud and other creative activities. This thirty-minute program is recommended for parents and children (recommended ages 10 and under). This program is facilitated by Fr. Tran, S.J., of Boston College, and Ms. Krane of St. Columbkille, in partnership with the Church in the 21st Century Program (C21) and the Roche Center.
Click Here to Register
“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”
- Rev. John V. Di Bacco, Jr., Pastor
Mass Times During Phased Reopening
Beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020
Sundays, 8:30am - limited seating available
There is no Daily Mass at this time.
304-599-3747 / 304-225-2361
3334B University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505
Closed Holy Days & some Public Holidays