CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

Mass Schedule

You are invited to watch Bishop Robert McElroy's video on reopening the church here.

From the Bishop, May 22nd:

Additional General instructions: 5/28/2020
 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEDURES: 
1. After consulting the pastors in the El Centro Deanery, Bishop McElroy has decided to delay the start of Masses in that portion of the Diocese of San Diego to the weekend of June 27 & 28 due to a sudden and recent rise in confirmed coronavirus infections (does not apply to Nativity).
 
2. The diocese has prepared a general video of approximately six minutes in both English and Spanish to help our parishioners have an understanding about what they can expect to see and experience as they return to Mass in our parishes which can be viewed here.
 
3. People in vulnerable populations should be encouraged to stay home.
 
4. High-risk individuals (e.g., people who are 65 and older, who are immuno-compromised or who have underlying health conditions) should be discouraged from serving in any capacity that brings them into contact with others.
 
5. Frequently touched objects such as statues, tabernacles, etc., should be cordoned off to minimize potential points of contact. Likewise, shared tapers for votive candle racks should not be used.
 
6. For the time being, church gatherings – both inside and outside – are limited to 100 persons.
 
a. In the case of overflow gatherings, where people are gathered to hear or view the Mass taking place in the church, communion ministers should bring communion to the people in the overflow space rather than directing the people to come from the overflow space to inside the church for communion.
 
b. Governor Newsom’s office has left the question of holding outside church services for groups larger than 100 persons to the individual counties in the state of California to decide. We have asked for clarification from the County of San Diego and are awaiting a response. 
 
7. No liturgy should have more than two musicians: a cantor and an accompanist. Because the people should not be encouraged to sing for the time being, cantors should not be inviting the congregation to do so either by gestures or verbal invitation.
 
8. At this time, communion to the sick for the homebound is limited to someone from the same household attending Mass and bringing communion to the sick person by way of a pyx. Pastors should ensure that those bringing communion to a sick member of the household are prepared in the most basic way to do so.
 
9. The sharing of albs, robes or cassocks for altar servers, musicians, and other such liturgical ministers is to be avoided. Rather, such persons should minister in appropriate civilian attire for the time being. Likewise, clergy should use their own personal alb underneath outer vestments. Insofar as possible, the sharing of outer vestments such as stoles and chasubles should be limited.


From Father Minh:

Dear Parishioners,
As you have heard, churches in San Diego will be open soon. Our weekend Masses will begin on the feast of Corpus Christi, June 13-14th 2020 and Daily Masses will begin June 8, 2020. For the safety of our older parishioners and/or those who have preexisting medical conditions, the Bishop’s office advises them to remain home, and that communion can be brought to them by a family member, in which case, if you do not have a pyx, please purchase one for those who need communion to be brought home. The parish has a limited supply which can be purchased for $10, or if you cannot afford one, we will provide it. A recording of the Sunday Mass will be available on our website. As of now, Sunday Mass obligation is still dispensed until further notice. Daily Mass will not continue to be recorded starting June 8th, when Daily Mass resumes at 8 am. Our Sunday Mass times will change slightly to allow time for cleaning between Masses.

The new schedule will be as follows:
Saturday 5:00pm (remains the same)
Sunday    7:30 am (remains the same)
                9:30 am new time
                 11:30 am new time

When arriving at Mass, please follow our Hospitality Ministers’ instructions regarding the use of the Nanotech sanitizer for everyone’s protection. You will need only one pump which will last 24 hours. Please do not use more than one, as they are expensive. The ushers will help seat you. Please help us make this a smooth transition as we enter the initial phase of reopening, and please be patient while we all learn new things to keep everyone safe. Remember to bring your face mask to Church. If you do not have a mask with you, one will be provided. Children 2 and above should have masks. While in Church, if you have difficulty breathing please pull your mask down enough to allow you to breathe through your nose.

Again, do not feel guilty if you are unable to come to Mass, I invite you to join and offer up your sufferings in prayers to Christ for the redemption of the world, and I look forward to seeing all of you again.

Thank you so much. Stay safe in Jesus Christ,

Fr. Minh