A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN
Dear Catholic Campus Ministry and Shrine Community,
Blessings to you! As we prepare to resume the public celebration of Mass here at Catholic Campus Ministry / The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, I want to share with you some very important details about the resumption of public Masses during "Phase 1" of the reopening process. Please read this entire page, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
During Phase 1, one Mass will be offered in the Shrine, at 11:00 AM. Please be aware that the Shrine renovation project in ongoing, but is to a point of substantial completion, which enables its use for worship. Many of the liturgical furnishings, sacred art, and other elements are not yet in place. Because of the ongoing work, the Shrine will remain closed during the week. The rest of the functions of the Shrine, including Daily Masses, adoration, and other public devotions remain suspended for now.
In order to protect the health and well-being of others, there are a number of temporary changes to how we do things that you will experience. We thank you in advance for your patience as we all navigate these changes. Please be aware of the following:
The Sunday Obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics in the Diocese of Richmond. If you are in any higher-risk category, either due to age or a health condition, you are strongly encouraged to stay home. Please note, we continue to offer Live-Streamed Masses. This practice will continue for the foreseeable future, even as we begin to reopen.
In order to facilitate 6' distancing between all non-family members at all times, the capacity of the Shrine will be significantly limited. Every other pew may be used, and pews may seat either one family, one couple, or two individuals. Ushers will facilitate all seating.
In order to manage this limited capacity, anyone wishing to attend Mass at the Shrine must RSVP. We have created a convenient online RSVP system through Eventbrite to facilitate registration. You must RSVP for Mass through the Eventbrite system, and bring your confirmation email with you (either printed or on your phone). If you need assistance with registering, please contact the CCM offices at 757-220-1415.
The church doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Please arrive by at least 10:45 to allow time to be seated by an usher. There may be a line outside the Shrine to be seated. Please remember to maintain 6' distancing with anyone other than your immediate family while waiting in line.
You may not, under any circumstances, attend Mass if:
You have had a fever within the past two weeks.
You have had a new cough or new shortness of breath within the past two weeks.
You have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
When you arrive for Mass, you will be asked by an usher to verify these three health-related questions prior to entering the Shrine.
Face coverings must be worn at all times by those 3 and older.
All are asked to refrain from physical contact, such as holding hands during the Our Father. The Sign of Peace will be omitted.
Please sanitize hands when entering/leaving the Church, as well as prior to receiving Holy Communion, if possible.
The collection basket will not be passed during the offertory, however, baskets will be available by the doors for you to place your contributions.
Guidelines for the Reception of Holy Communion:
Please follow the directions of ushers for the reception of Holy Communion, maintaining 6' distancing between non-family-members.
Holy Communion will be distributed by the Priest only, under the form of the sacred host. The common chalice remains suspended.
All are strongly encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
When receiving Communion, please keep face covering on until after receiving the host in your hand. Step to the side, remove face covering, consume the host, and replace your face covering.
For a printable flyer summarizing many of these guidelines, please click here.
We are thrilled to welcome you back, and can't wait to pray with you. God bless you, and please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything you need.