Beginning this Saturday, May 16, St. John the Evangelist Church will be open for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Because sanitizing pews after use will be paramount, there will only be a limited number of pews open. When present in the church, you are to wear a face mask, and sit or kneel in the places that are designated. You are to use this hand sanitizer available in the gathering space. You are also to take the 8 x 11 card provided, leaving it in the place where you have been sitting. This will indicate that this space needs to be sanitized for the next person. Any reading or praying material that you bring the church, you are asked to take with you as you leave.
I know these instructions are unusual for us, but we are invited to use an abundance of caution as we prepare to open our churches safely. Remember, these are but the first steps we are taking so that we may be open soon for the celebration of Mass, though with a limited number of participants.
Our church will be open every day at 9 o’clock in the morning, and will remain open until 6 o’clock. You are encouraged to take some time in the days and weeks ahead to come and pray privately or with your family, remembering especially those who are afflicted by Covid 19.