In light of the risks of COVID-19, our worship has adapted to best meet the needs of parishioners and guests alike. We are currently offering both an in-person, outdoor Eucharist on Sunday mornings, and continuing with our online worship options as well. Please read below for information relevant to in-person worship.
There is road construction on Scripture Street from Mr. Chopsticks to Highland Baptist Church. If you are joining us for in-person worship, you'll want to come to St. David's from Ector Street to avoid confusing detours and delays.
Mass on the Grass (8:00 am)
This is a spoken Rite II liturgy in the church courtyard that begins at 8:00 am. We know this is earlier than many of us usually worship, but with it being outside, we want to avoid the heat as we move into summer.
Attendees will need to bring their own chairs or picnic blankets to sit on. Ushers will be available to help space households six feet apart.
All attendees will need to wear a mask. This is a non-negotiable requirement from the diocese. A limited number of reusable and disposable masks are available on site.
The buildings will not be open, but will be available on a limited basis for individuals who need to use the restroom. We encourage folks to use the restroom before coming.
The Celebrant will provide instructions for Communion. For the time being, we will continue to commune in one kind, the Bread. A representative from each household will come to a marked location and the Celebrant will place the appropriate number of hosts on a table. When each individual or household has been given communion, they will pack up and go back to their vehicle, where they will commune, pray the Post Communion Prayer, and depart. Whichever priest is not celebrating will be at Sena and Ector to bless your vehicle with Holy Water as you depart.
A single basket for offerings will be available. We continue to encourage online contributions or sending a check in the mail.
How long is the service?
The liturgy itself will last about 30 minutes. The amount of time it will take to receive communion will depend on how many are in attendance.
What should I wear?
Our priests will not be in all their usual vestments, and we also encourage you to dress comfortably and casually.
Is this a family friendly service?
Absolutely! Children of all ages are invited, though children over the age of two will need to wear a mask. We also encourage parents to talk with their children before they come about physical distance and contact. When they see their friends or their Sunday School teachers, their natural reaction will be to run up and hug them. So parents should be ready to intervene as needed.
Are newcomers welcome?
Yes! We know that a number of people have started worshipping virtually with us in the past few months. We would love to meet you in person this Sunday.
What if there is inclement weather?
We will send an email and make a Facebook post by 7:00 am that morning if we need to cancel a service.
Anything else we should know?
We know that individuals are willing to assume different levels of risk at this time. We strongly encourage at-risk individuals (as defined by the CDC) to stay at home. We will continue to broadcast our 10:30 am liturgy online.
Anyone who is sick, recovering from an illness, or has been in contact with someone ill, is asked NOT to attend either the Mass on the Grass or the Communion Distribution.
Communion Distribution (9:15 am)
For those who prefer more distance right now, we offer a Communion Distribution before the 10:30 am Eucharist premieres on Facebook. From 9:15-9:45 am, we will be set up next to the Parish Office in the parking lot to distribute the consecrated bread.
Enter the main entrance at Sena and Ector. Staff members will be there to welcome and guide you where you need to go.
Once you arrive, place your car in park and tell us how many hosts you need. We will then place the hosts in the back seat of your car, or in the trunk if there are passengers in the back seat.
We will send you off by blessing your vehicle with Holy Water.