On May 14th, Governor Cooper lifted all mandatory capacity and gathering limits, social distancing requirements, and most mandatory mask requirements in the state of North Carolina. Shortly following the governor’s address, the Diocese of Raleigh updated their guidance for Masses, parish ministries, and sacraments.
Based on these new guidelines from our state and diocese, we will be implementing the following changes effective immediately:
Dispensation and Livestreaming
Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama has continued the dispensation from the Sunday obligation. This applies to all, especially those in a vulnerable or high-risk category. If you do not feel comfortable attending Mass in person, we encourage you to watch the Mass virtually. Masses will continue to be livestreamed on Facebook.
Sign-up is no longer needed to attend any of the Mass services in the main church building. Check-ins will no longer be required.
Masks and Seating
Those people who are not yet vaccinated are asked to wear masks while inside our parish facilities as we continue to care for the health and safety our brothers and sisters in Christ. Parishioners and guests who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks. The Parish Hall and deck will be set aside for those who wish to maintain social-distancing. Sign-ups and check-in for these spaces will continue. Those seated inside the Parish Hall are asked to wear masks.
Precious Blood from the chalice will not be offered at this time. For those in the Parish Hall/deck, Communion will be brought to you.
· Hand fonts will remain empty of Holy Water for now.
· Continue with a non-contact, verbal only Sign of Peace during the liturgy.
· Please continue to follow good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer before/after receiving Holy Communion, or sneezing/coughing into a tissue.
· If you feel ill or have any symptoms of illness, please do not attend any in-person liturgy. Rather, please take advantage of the many livestream Mass options available.
Finally, please continue to check your emails, Facebook, or the website for the latest updates and changes to our policies.
St. Therese Catholic Church
Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone: 910-256-2471
Most Reverend Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of Raleigh, is pleased to convey the following official appointment regarding priestly ministry in the Diocese of Raleigh effective June 29, 2021.
Reverend William J. Upah, Pastor of Annunciation Parish in Havelock, is appointed Pastor of Saint Therese Parish in Wrightsville Beach.
Please continue to pray for the Repose of the Soul of Father Trent Watts.
We want to thank the visiting priests from the Diocese who have made it possible for us to worship either in person or by live streaming. Thank you for helping the parishioners of St. Therese during this difficult time.
Bishop Luis Zarama continues to waive the Sunday Mass obligation.
We have achieved 79% of our goal for the 2021 Bishop's Annual Appeal. Please consider an initial or additional contribution.
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