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After remaining closed since March, the St. Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavón reopened Mass to the public this past Sunday at 3 pm. UPDATE: Mass will be taking place at it regular schedule at 6pm, starting this Sunday, June 14th.
The Phase 2 openings allow parishes to have Masses with no more than 30% of their usual church capacity (that is 16 people in Altos de Chavón) all wearing masks, maintaining social distance (families are allowed to sit together) and before entering, congregants are asked to use hand sanitizer.
While many cities across the country are lifting stay-at-home orders and reopening certain businesses, public health experts continue to issue warnings about the dangers of large gatherings. Health officials continue to remind people that although some gathering places are reopening, the virus has not gone away, and to continue to follow all social distancing protocols.
Parishioners will not be allowed to hold hands during prayer or to exchange the sign of peace but can wave. Mass celebrants wear masks at the church altar while preaching, and while distributing communion; there will be no communion by the cup, and will be done by hand only. After receiving Communion on one hand, they are to step to one side, use their other hand to loosen their masks, consume the host, and replace their masks before returning to their seats.
It is possible that after Casa de Campo Resort reopens, the mass will be held in the Plaza right in front of the Church, which will allow for more people to attend. We will keep you posted on this.
MASS AT ST. STANISLAUS CHURCH
Sundays at 3 pm. UPDATE: Mass will be taking place at it regular schedule Sundays at 6pm, starting this Sunday, June 14th, and Saturdays at 5pm starting on June 20th.
All congregants are asked to wear masks, maintain social distance, and before entering, to use hand sanitizer.