Bishop Stika issues directives for resumption of public Masses- extends dispensation
Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a list of mandatory procedures that will be implemented by parishes for the safe resumption of public Mass celebrations in the Diocese of Knoxville on the weekend of Pentecost, May 30-31.
Guidelines for Returning to Mass
Letter from Father Bill McNeeley
July 14, 2020
Dear Friends, in Christ, I am encouraged by the growing number of parishioners returning to Mass recently. As this trend hopefully continues, it is essential that we redouble our efforts with social distancing and other preventative measures.
A Message from Our Bishop
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Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mon.-Fri. at 8:05 a.m. and noon; Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (en español)
All Saints Church, Knoxville
Mon.-Fri. at 9 a.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (en español); Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Church, Alcoa
Sunday at 11 a.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fairfield Glade
Tues.-Fri. at 8 a.m.; Sunday at 10 a.m.
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A Message from Our Pastor
Dear Friends in Christ:
I have some good news to share with you! We will resume public Sunday Masses at the end of this month on May 31. Daily Mass will resume on Friday, May 29 at 8 a.m. Our Sunday Mass schedule will be unchanged except for the addition of a Spanish Mass on Sunday at 7 p.m. Confessions will be heard on Saturdays starting after the 8 a.m. Mass or by appointment during office hours.
Bishop Stika has set forth some guidelines that all parishes will need to follow temporarily for the safety and well-being of all Your cooperation and understanding are vitally important,
Everyone attending Mass should wear a mask, scarf, or something that covers the nose and mouth. When you arrive for Mass, you will notice that every other pew will be unavailable for seating. Ushers will greet parishioners at the door and seat them by family group. If the church nave reaches 50% capacity, parishioners will be directed to Henkel Hall where the Mass can be viewed on closed circuit television. Communion will be distributed at two points located near the north and south transepts
Everyone will need to use hand sanitizer prior to receiving communion since communion will only be distributed in the hand. Hand sanitizer stations will be six feet from each communion station and at the entrances of the church. Once Mass is concluded, the ushers will dismiss parishioners row by row. Please do not linger after Mass either in the church or in the parking lot.
While these guidelines are in place and the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been temporarily suspended, you may also consider coming to Mass during the week. If you are in an at-risk group. are caring for someone at home, or don't feel ready to return to attending Mass, you are welcome to continue viewing Mass at home via livestream.
I know this all seems rather tedious. It is to me too. but this is where we find ourselves, and we must make the most of it. The most important thing is that we show our faithfulness to our Lord and his Church. We know that the church is not so much a building as it those who gather to share in his most precious Body and Blood.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Bill McNeeley