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Assuming that public Masses are allowed to resume on May 18, the Archdiocese has put out some guidelines for parishes to follow. In order to meet social distancing requirements, we can have no more than 30% of seating capacity in the church. The faithful are to spread out so that those not in the same household are at least six feet apart. At St. Helena, we are blessed with a large sanctuary, and our typical weekly attendance would keep us below that mark. If we do start getting larger crowds, we will have to limit how many can attend at one time. Please be patient as we navigate through this. The Archbishop is still dispensing with the Sunday attendance obligation, and he is asking that those persons over 65 or who have preexisting health conditions continue to stay home. He also suggests choosing a day other than Sunday to attend Mass in order to help with social distancing.
The other major change involves Holy Communion. For Masses with more than 10 people, Holy Communion will be distributed after Mass. We are to remain six feet apart while in line for Holy Communion. We will have some hand sanitizer available for use at the church, and we have some more units on back order. However, if you are able to bring your own sanitizer, that will help us stretch our current supply.
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No Masses are scheduled for the weekend of May 16-17.
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St. Helena has been a part of the south Minneapolis community for over 100 years! We are a loyal Catholic community and we are dedicated to living and sharing our faith with the world. We proudly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we strive to live out our Baptism in our own lives. We offer a prayerful liturgy along with a solid Catholic teaching.