Daily Mass Schedule
Monday-Saturday: 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday: 5:30 p.m.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION & ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
As of Pentecost Weekend, May 30/31
Wednesday 9–7 p.m.
We are resuming our regular confession times:
Wednesday 6–6:30 p.m.
Friday 9–9:30 a.m.
Saturday 10–11 a.m.
The location will be the “Family room” off the church vestibule.
About Sunday Mass
• Health and safety are of utmost importance. Those at greater risk for coronavirus due to age, illness, or other health conditions, or who are taking care of someone who is, are asked to continue to stay home and participate in the Mass online, on TV or the radio. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be lifted at this time.
• Masks are required inside the church building as of Monday, July 6th.
• The current Sunday Mass schedule is as follows:
o Saturday 4pm
o Sunday 7:30am, 9:30, and 11:30
o This allows for sufficient time to sanitize the church between Masses.
• There are three entrances to the church: the main (East) doors, and the “ramped” doors on the North and South transepts.
• Ushers are posted at each entrance and are keeping track of how many people are entering since we continue to have restrictions on our maximum capacity.
• Bring hand sanitizer with you (to use after you touch anything and before you receive Holy Communion).
• Maintain 6 feet of distance between households (in the parking lot, in the pews, and in the line for Holy Communion).
• To help maintain 6 feet of distance, every other pew is marked with a black X and must remain empty.
• Priests, deacons, and EMHCs will sanitize their hands immediately before distributing Holy Communion. There are also hand sanitizer stations near each Communion station. If they accidentally make contact with someone, they will stop and sanitize before continuing to distribute.
• Due to the surge in positive cases throughout Florida and especially here in the Tampa Bay area, and given the vulnerability of a significant portion of our parish, all parishioners are asked to receive Communion in the hands at this time. This temporary sacrifice protects the health of our priests as well as the people behind you and will hopefully enable us to continue celebrating public Masses.
• While in line for Communion: masks must be worn, and distance must be maintained. When it is your time to receive, fully extend your arms and hands. Once Communion is placed on your hand, step to the side, pick it up with your other hand, remove your mask out of the way, and consume the Host.
• Regarding livestreaming: we are researching a more permanent solution to provide this essential service. Please know that Father Victor has identified this as an important priority.
The St. John Vianney staff was honored to provide live streamed Masses during the recent shut-down of public Masses. Although our church is not equipped for this, we managed to piece together a system using one iPhone, a tripod and a borrowed microphone that would work with the iPhone. Was it professional? No. Did it suffice during our greatest time of need? Yes. Will it work in the main church? No. Now that the public celebration of Mass is allowed, we made the decision to discontinue the live stream masses for now. This will allow us time to study the situation and figure out if we can properly do this in the future and in the main church.
Thank you for the many comments and compliments as we continued to experiment and find answers to such issues as sound quality and clocking. Unfortunately, they were short-term answers and we have a long way to go. Please be patient as we explore this “big new world” for our church that was built in a different technological time.
Bishop Parkes, for the time being, is continuing to dispense all Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg of their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. So, if you are not well, are over the age of 65, have a condition that makes you more vulnerable or just not ready to come back to church, it is okay.
In the interim, there are many other opportunities to “attend” Mass through technology.
Cathedral of St. Jude, 10 AM Sunday
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NY City, 10:15 AM Sunday
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC, Noon Sunday
EWTN (channel 111 on Spectrum), 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
WTOG (channel 4 on Spectrum), 9:30 AM Sunday, from Diocese of Venice
We ask for your prayers as we continue our efforts and strive to serve all parishioners. You will remain in
PARISH CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2021 MASS INTENTION BOOK
All requests must be in writing and include the phone number of person requesting the Mass. For the protection of our staff, “in person” bookings will NOT be taken.
We are asking anyone who would like to schedule a Mass to please either
(1) Drop off your request to the parish office, or
(2) email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.