Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I have great news for you!
We are going to gradually reopen our beloved basilica beginning this Sunday (June 21) at 9:00am (Mass in English). The following Sunday we will hold two services at 9:00am (English) and 11:00am (Spanish).
Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama has dispensed all the faithful from the obligation to attend Liturgy. The primary concern during the pandemic must be the health and safety of our parishioners and all those whom they will encounter.
New Hanover and Brunswick Counties report the highest spike in coronavirus cases. The scientists warn that the virus has mutated and is much more dangerous than before.
If you are over 65 or have a pre-existing condition, please consider staying home, do not risk your life.
If you experience any symptoms such as; coughing, fever, sore throat, lack of smell and taste, please stay home.
There will be a sign up list on the website for the registered parishioners. We are starting the first mass with a maximum of 130 parishioners so that we can maintain and adhere to the social distancing guidelines as best as possible. We will evaluate the number for safety purposes and if possible increase the number the following week. Only the first 130 who signed up will be able to participate in the Eucharist.
The guidelines for liturgies are on our website, please review them prior to coming to the Basilica. I want to remind you of a few of them here as well:
- Everyone above two (2) years old must wear a mask during the entire service. Only lower your face covering to consume the Eucharist in the pew and reposition it immediately thereafter.
- The Eucharist will be offered by hand only. Bring your own sanitizer and prior to receiving Holy Communion, sanitize your hands. The priest and Eucharistic ministers will place the host in your hand. Refrain from touching the hands of the priest and the Eucharistic ministers.
- Do not gather after Mass as we need time to sanitize the sanctuary between masses.
To all fathers and fathers to be, I wish a Happy Father’s Day.