Protocols for Mass attendance at the Shrine of
St. Joseph the Worker
To maintain social distancing, seating is being restricted; ~ kindly use only those seats that are marked-out for use ~ 70 people maximum can be safely seated in the Shrine itself.
Everyone must wear a mask while in the Shrine!
Sign of Peace: a sincere nod of recognition to each other.
There will be 2 Communion Stations: ~ one at the front and one at the divider aisle ~ process single-file down the center aisle ~ return to your seat using the side aisles ~ observe one-way direction in all the aisles.
Holy Communion can only be received in the hand ~ cup one hand over the other to form a mini “throne” ~ step to one side, pull-down your mask ~ reverently place the Host from your hand into your mouth ~ replace your mask & return to your pew using the side aisles only.
Offertory donations during Mass are to be placed in any of the 4 fixed hampers (2 up front & 2 at the divider aisle) ~ please deposit your weekly offering in those hampers ~ no collection baskets will be passed thru the rows of pews.
The Final Blessing & Dismissal will follow immediately after Communion.
Please exit the Shrine by going down the center aisle by rows then using the side aisles to double back to the lobby. (maintaining social distancing all the while) * Use only the Main Entrance to exit – not the side entrance.
Any socializing before/after Mass should be brief and done outdoors.
Please refrain from touching any of the holy images/statues in the Shrine.
Opportunity to register Masses & request candles to be lit will be provided in the Lobby or outdoors after Mass. ~ take-home hand-outs offered by ushers to those who request them ~ fill them out at home and return them later.
COLD WEATHER CONFESSION POLICY
During the Cold Weather months of the Shrine's Pandemic ministry adaptations, we will be relocating our temporary confessional from the side entrance vestibule on Lee St. to inside the Shrine. Please enter the Shrine thru the Main Entrance and go upstairs to the Confessional Suite. Confessions will be heard, (not in the regular confessionals there) but instead at the far end of the Confessional Suite in the back entrance vestibule (to the right of the Holy Water font). Enter the vestibule and either kneel, sit or stand at the Head of the Stairs; the priest is seated below, at the Foot of the stairs - 10 feet away. This positioning is the reverse of how we did it in the Lee St. vestibule). Make your confession, receive penance/absolution, then exit.
Please practice social distancing while waiting in line in the lobby - the star-shaped markings on the floor will mark-out 6 foot separations - please advance accordingly in the line. During Confessions times, the Shrine itself will be largely inaccessible due to the sanitizing that must be done to prepare it for the next Mass.
We have returned to our regular Confession Scheduling: every weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon & 4:30-5:15 p.m; on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with 2 confessors.
Doing our best to provide quality sacramental ministry during these very challenging times. Thank you for your patience.
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Please click the heart above to give what you can to St. Joseph The Worker Shrine. To all of you who have been clicking here and or mailing in more of your much needed support we'd like to say THANK YOU! The Covid-19 pandemic closure and the state's phase one partial reopening of the Shrine has and will test us all to meet our continued financial obligations. For answering the Director's appeal while we've been behind the Shrine's Closed Doors due to the Covid-19 stay at home orders, again we need to shout our THANK YOU for you helped us so very much. Please check our Mass and Confession schedules on this website and notice the Gift Shop's phase two partial reopening, ( Summer Schedule on the site now too). If you're able to wear your masks and social distance and join us as we gradually get back to new normal we encourage you to do so. We've put the State's mandates for health and safety in place for you and our staff. We're ready to serve you. If you're in the high risk age group with underlying health issues, stay home and know we're praying for you too. Stay safe and know how very grateful we are to every donor. Pray St. Joseph continues to assist us and know we thank God for everyone of you!
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Saturday 8:00AM, 12 Noon & 4:00PM
Sunday 8:00AM, 10:00AM & 12 Noon
Confessions Weekdays 10AM-12PM & 4:30PM-5:15PM
1st Wednesday of every month 7:00PM-8:00PM
Holy Days & Holidays As Announced In News, in the bulletin, in the Mass & Confession Schedule & on the Answering Service
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Saturday 8:30AM – 3:45PM
First Fridays 8:30AM – 5:15PM
Novenas Wednesday St. Joseph the Worker: after the 12 Noon & 5:30PM Mass. Wednesday
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal: after the 5:30PM Mass
Holy and Holiday Mass Schedule As Announced
Monday 7:00PM – 8:30PM Meets in the Conference Room.
Reopen Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phase two retail reopening 40 % capacity on 6/9/20 due to COVID-19 please plan to bring and wear your mask. We're ready to serve you while wearing our masks too and while we're distanced to protect us all.
And if for any reason you're still unable to visit the Shrine or Gift Shop and you'd like to book a Mass Intention request please call or email the Gift Shop Manager at 978--459-9522 x213 or [email protected]
We look forward to our Summer Hours as follows:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
And it's important to note we will open the Shop from 10-4 on both First Fridays of July and August respectively.