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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Dear St. Thomas Aquinas Parishioners,

As you are aware, Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer has provided guidelines for opening our parishes for worship. Here at St. Thomas Aquinas, we are setting a very conservative course for reopening our parish for public worship. 

Compared to some of our neighboring parishes, we have moved more slowly, erring on the side of caution. The reasons for the pace of our reopening are:

  • The social distancing requirements restrict our seating within the Sanctuary to approximately 140-150. With over 1000 currently attending our outdoor Masses, we would not be able to serve that number on a given Sunday within the Sanctuary and/or the Parish Hall. Reservations would still leave many to only come to Mass once per month.
  • When any one of our buildings are open for the public, it must be thoroughly cleaned which requires up to one hour between events.
  • We need to ensure that movement within the church is regulated and that masks are worn at all times. This includes entering, receiving communion, and exiting.
  • Reopening safely requires an army of volunteer that we do not have in place as of right now.
    • We need ushers, as many of our current ushers are high-risk.
    • We need hall monitors to ensure visitors stay within the designated areas.
    • We need volunteers who can carefully direct people so that they remain safely distanced. This is going to mean a lot of “discipline” to which we are not accustomed.

We need volunteers to come forward and to be oriented to the task. Can you volunteer? If so, you can email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you.

Our staff has not been idle. They have been poring over these questions for the entire time we have been sheltering in place. My concern is that you will be as safe as is possible in this time of pandemic.
I want you to be able to participate in the sacramental life of our church as safely as possible which is why we have made incremental changes each month to accommodate everyone’s level of comfort with attending services.

I ask you to do three things:

  1. To pray for all those who have suffered with this illness and those who are charged with their care.
  2. To thank Almighty God that, as a parish, we have been only lightly touched by this pandemic.
  3. To ask our God and Father how you might help in our return to public worship.

May our good God bless and keep you well.
Monsignor Daniel Stack
Pastor


VOLUNTARIOS NECESITADOS

Estimados feligreses de Santo Tomás de Aquino,

¡Como ya saben, el arzobispo Gregory J. Hartmayer ha proporcionado pautas para abrir nuestras parroquias! Aquí en Santo Tomás de Aquino, estamos estableciendo un curso muy conservador para reabrir nuestra parroquia al público. 

En comparación con algunas de nuestras parroquias vecinas, estamos abriendo con más precaución. Las razones del ritmo lento de nuestra reapertura son:

  • Los requisitos de distanciamiento social restringen nuestros asientos dentro del Santuario a aproximadamente 140-150. Con más de 1000 asistiendo actualmente a nuestras misas al aire libre, no podríamos servir a ese número un domingo determinado dentro del Santuario y / o el Salón Parroquial. Las reservaciones dejarían que muchos solo asistieran a misa una vez al mes.
  • Cuando cualquiera de nuestros edificios está abierto al público, debe limpiarse a fondo, lo que requiere hasta una hora entre eventos.Necesitamos asegurarnos de que el movimiento dentro de la iglesia esté regulado y que se usen máscaras en todo momento. Esto incluye entrar, recibir la comunión y salir.
  • Reabrir de manera segura requiere un ejército de voluntarios que no tenemos en el lugar en este momento.
    • Necesitamos ujieres, ya que muchos de nuestros ujieres actuales son de alto riesgo.
    • Necesitamos monitores de pasillo para garantizar que los visitantes permanezcan dentro de las áreas designadas.
    • Necesitamos voluntarios que puedan orientar cuidadosamente a las personas para que se mantengan a una distancia segura. Esto va a significar mucha “disciplina” a la que no estamos acostumbrados.

Necesitamos voluntarios que nos ayuden con esta tarea. ¿Puedes ser voluntario? Si es así, puede enviarnos un correo electrónico a [email protected] o complete el siguiente formulario y nos pondremos en contacto con usted.

Nuestro personal no ha estado inactivo. Han estado estudiando detenidamente estas preguntas durante todo el tiempo que hemos estado refugiando. Quiero que puedas participar en la vida sacramental de nuestra iglesia de la manera más segura posible.

Les pido que hagan tres cosas:
1. Ore por todos los que han sufrido esta enfermedad y por los que están a cargo de su cuidado.
2. Dar gracias a Dios Todopoderoso que, como parroquia, esta pandemia nos ha tocado ligeramente.
3. Pregúntele a nuestro Dios y Padre cómo puede ayudarnos en nuestro regreso a la “normalidad”.

Que nuestro buen Dios te bendiga y te mantenga bien.
Mons. Daniel Stack
Pastor

Volunteer to help keep our Parishioners safe!

¡Voluntario para ayudar a mantener seguros a nuestros feligreses!

 
 

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