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Attending Mass Update and Requirements (from Pastor)

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

Family of St. Thomas Aquinas Pilot Point, Texas; Our Governor Gregg Abbott has mandated that Church’s in Texas be allowed to re-open with limitations and our Bishop Michael Olson has decided to re-open the Parishes in The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Texas. This will begin with our 5:00 P.M. Saturday evening Mass of anticipation, Saturday May 2, 2020. We will celebrate our regular weekend Mass schedule, Sunday 08:00, 11:00, and 12:45 (in Espanol). Please be aware of the fact that you are not obligated to attend Mass during the time of this Pandemic (there is a Dispensation) and you should probably wait if you have health issues or are concerned. Reconciliation: if you desire reconciliation please call our office; I will make myself available for this. We will sit on the benches outside of the Church (Open Air). Also on Saturday, I will be available for confessions from 1:00-4:00. Mass: if you plan on attending Mass please wear a Mask of some type; it does not have to be a medically approved mask, a homemade mask will work. This will be a requirement to attend Mass inside the Church as well as to receive Communion outside. (Mask) Please note: We are only allowed to have 50% occupancy in the Church, you can wait outside in your cars and come up to the steps of the Church to receive communion; please wear a Mask.             I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for all that you have done and continue to do during this time of trial. Many of you have been caring for one another, my-self, and the Community of Pilot Point as well as your own particular Communities (as some of you travel to get here). Thank you for continually supporting us financially, I am aware that many have been put into a financial burden. If you know someone suffering spiritually, physically, mentally, or financially please reach out to me and them and let us all seek some type of aid for them.   Peace be with you Always, Fr. John W. Martin. ============================================================= Some notes: All parishioners are dispensed of their Sunday obligation. Please do not forget about the live-stream at 11 and our online giving program! If you are concerned please worship from home. Everyone attending is required to wear a mask. Homemade ones are fine. People will not be seated without wearing a mask. We must err on the side of caution and protecting those who are most vulnerable to the dangerous effects of COVID-19 out an authentic love for our neighbor - a love that befits the selfless love of Christ extended to us in the gift of the Eucharist. If you do not desire to wear a mask for any reason, please stay home or follow the Mass by livestreaming in your car and receive holy communion when it is distrubuted safely in a designated area outside.  In order for us to provide live streaming we currently have the first several pews closed off on each side for cameras and other equipment. To do this we have cables strung on the floor. Please be aware of the potential trip hazards. The first few pews are closed for use. This means we currently have no assisted seating in the church. You will need to be able to proceed to the altar for communion and then return to your standard pew further back in the church. The church will only be open to less than 50% capacity. To accomplish this approximately eve