On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott initiated Phase II of theOpen Texas recovery plan. As part of Phase II, churches and places of worship may have occupancy up to 50% of capacity. This now allows for up to 800 people per Mass at St. John Vianney Parish.
The Directives require that non-household members maintain the practice of social distancing of six feet (two empty seats). Further, there will be no offertory collection taken. Instead, baskets will be at the entrance doors of the church. Parishioners are encouraged to give electronically. For information on WeShare and other electronic giving options please see our parish website or contact our parish offices, mail or drop off your envelope to the parish office. As a safety precaution Holy Communion will continue to be distributed only by the priests. The governor’s Directives ask that people consider wearing masks while at Church and our bishop, Cardinal DiNardo, has asked that people receive Holy Communion in the hand. We have taken the additional step of applying an antimicrobial barrier to all of our surfaces (pews, doors, missals, floors etc.) for the safety of our parishioners. We ask that those attending Mass please continue to follow the appropriate health protocols.
Those who are in “at risks” groups (those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions) are encouragedto refrain from Mass attendance at this time. Also, if being with a large number of people during this time is a cause for concern, it is best to refrain from Mass attendance at this time as well. Those who are ill should not come to Mass.
We will continue through the end of May to offer weekday Mass and Confessions three times per day (9:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.). For those who may feel uncomfortable coming to Sunday Mass at this time, they may consider attending one of the 15 weekday Masses instead.
Please continue to pray, stay strong in the faith and assist one another. Please be safe and prudent during this time. For spiritual resources and more information: