Things to know before coming to mass

The Catholic Campus Ministry family is excited to welcome you back to full, active, conscious participation in the Holy Mass! We are providing this information to let you know what to expect, and to allow you to see that we are taking necessary precautions to be sure that all who attend Mass can do so as safely as possible. Please remember to have Christian charity and be patient with our staff and your fellow worshipers as we return to Holy Mass together.

What you can expect from us: 


  • Adherence to the regulations laid out by the Bishop of Richmond, the Governor of Virginia, and William & Mary, as they apply to our space.

  • The Church (including pews, restrooms, and all "high-touch" surfaces) will be sanitized between all Masses.

  • The Priest and other ministers will exercise all precautions during the distribution of Holy Communion.

  • A simple, beautiful, reverent celebration of Holy Mass.

What we expect from you: 

  • Arrive for Holy Mass about 20 minutes before Mass begins.

  • All people age 10 and older to bring and wear a face covering when in the Church.

  • Utilize personal hand sanitizer when entering the Church and before receiving Holy Communion.

  • Stay home if you are sick, have had a fever in the last two weeks, or have been exposed to someone who is sick within the last two weeks.

  • Be patient and generous with one another.

Who should come to Mass?


We hope all who are comfortable will come back to Holy Mass!  The Obligation to Sunday Worship continues to be lifted for Catholics in the Diocese of Richmond.  Those who have any symptoms or signs of sickness, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks should not attend Holy Mass.  All others are encouraged to step out in faith and attend Holy Mass again.

Who should NOT come to Mass?


  • Those who have had a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher within the past fourteen days (self-administered within 2 hours prior to entering the building).

  • Anyone with a new cough or new shortness of breath, or a household member with a new cough or shortness of breath.

  • Anyone who has been exposed (within six [6] feet for greater than 15 minutes) to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, without wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


What Precautions Are in Place for Communal Worship?

  • Holy Water fonts are emptied.

  • Hymnals have been removed from all pews and worship aides/bulletins will not be distributed.

  • Everyone should arrive to Holy Mass about 20 minutes before Mass to avoid crowding, and should use the restroom prior to coming to Church. Restrooms will be available, but should be avoided if possible. Parishioners will be asked to leave Holy Mass by row to avoid crowding at doors and in the narthex.

  • Those living in the same household may sit together in the Church. This includes families as well as students considered a "family unit" under William & Mary guidelines (e.g. roommates). Others will be asked to maintain 6' physical distancing.  Some pews will be blocked to facilitate physical distancing, and each open pew may seat one family, two individual, or one couple and one individual.

  • All attending Holy Mass age 10 and over are expected to wear a face covering/mask when in the Church. Those who are not able to wear a face covering due to medical reasons are asked to be particularly cautious in social distancing and to cover their mouth and nose during communal prayers. 

  • The collection basket will not be passed during the offertoryhowever, baskets will be available by the doors for you to place your contributions.

  • The Sign of Peace may be exchanged through a bow or verbal gesture. Hands should not be held during the Our Father.


How Will We Receive Holy Communion?

  • The Precious Blood will not be distributed.

  • We will form one line up one side of of the center aisle, utilizing 6' markings on the ground to maintain distancing between unrelated individuals. 

  • You are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand at this time. Please come forward to the minister with your mask on, reverently receive our Lord in your hand, step aside to the marked location, and briefly remove your mask to consume the Eucharist. Replace your mask before returning to your pew.

  • The Priest, Deacon, or Extraordinary Minister will wear a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion and use hand sanitizer before, after, and as needed during, distribution.


For a printable flyer summarizing many of these guidelines, please click hereWe 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.