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St. Gabriel Catholic Church in the Northland of Kansas City Missouri

About St. Gabriel

All of us at St. Gabriel are glad and feel blessed that you have taken a look at our parish community. We take great pride in living our lives according to the Gospel of Mercy proclaimed by Jesus Christ. As He welcomed all to journey with Him, so do we. As Pastor, I would like to invite you on a journey of faith with our community.

Let me tell you a little about this community. We are a community nestled within the southern Clay county region of Kansas City. We are made up of people, young and old, from all walks of life, coming from many different ethnic backgrounds. Some of us remember the first days of the parish (yes it began in a roller rink) and some are taking a first look. We have a beautiful school where kids from ages 2 to14 learn, grow and discover the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. We celebrate Mass. We sing. We serve. We reach out to our neighbors in need. We’ll greet you as a neighbor and a friend and find a place where you can serve as well.

St. Gabriel is a small parish. We pray, work and serve together with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. But we still have a long way to go. No church is perfect. We are all “companions on the journey of faith.” I’d like to invite you to discover the spirit of St. Gabriel for yourselves. Come and journey with us. You’ll find a home here.

Bless you,
Fr. Joe Sharbel, Pastor

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Resumption of Public Masses Important Information

We urge every parishioner to become aware of these instructions before attending Mass at St. Gabriel

The Diocese has issued instructions regarding the policies and procedures to be put into place when public Masses resume.  Those Liturgical Guidelines as of April 30 can be seen in their entirety here. St Gabriel is committed to following this guidance from the Diocese.  Below are rules from the Diocesan policy and how St. Gabriel will implement them.

We are limited on the number of people (all wearing masks) allowed inside of our church at any one time. We are considering the best ways to ensure this while ruffling as few feathers as we can.

Who Should or Should Not Attend

  • All four area diocesan bishops have dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and from the Easter Duty. Therefore,
    1. Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church.
    2. Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue or who are 60 or older are strongly encouraged, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Mass.
    3. If you have small children for whom wearing a mask for extended periods of time is a concern then you may wish to refrain from attending or make other arrangements for the care of your children.
    4. Remember during this phase of this process we have a reduced capacity in our church. We don't want to turn people away but we cannot allow more than our limited capacity to ensure social distancing is in place.
    5. St. Gabriel will continue to live stream the Mass on Wednesdays at 8:15 am and Saturday at 4 pm for the foreseeable future and we urge those at risk to take advantage of this.  Please see our website www.stgabrielskc.net or like us on Facebook at St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

Entering and Leaving the Church and Being Seated

  • Enter thru the main church doors.   Stop in Gathering Space to give name and phone number to Greeter.
  • One of the biggest challenges for us is to ensure that physical distancing is maintained in our seating arrangements.
  • When you arrive at church, please observe any markings on the sidewalks, entrances, Gathering Space, and aisles.  There are guides spaced six feet apart for you to follow.  Do not crowd or bunch up please.
  • Within the center sections, pews will be taped off to ensure the six foot distancing.  Ushers will be helping with seating.   Please only sit in the pews you have been directed to.  Do not remove any tape.  Upon entering your  pew you need to leave six feet of open space between you and any other family in your pew.
  • Move all the way to the end of the pew, leaving six feet between you and any family who may be in the pew already.  Please do not grab an end seat when there is more space available in the pew.  We cannot allow people to "scoot past" you on their way to their seats.
  • Exit through the Parish Office door.  When you leave the church at the end of mass, please remember to keep a six foot distance between yourself and other families.

Receiving Communion

  • We will have one communion minister distributing the Body of Christ.
  • We will use the center aisle going to communion and the side aisle for returning to our pews.
  • Ushers who are masked and gloved will ensure six foot distancing in the communion line.
  • Floor markings will be placed six feet apart on the aisle approaching the sanctuary for communion. Please maintain the distancing when you return to your pew.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed in the hand only.
  • Those who refrain from receiving communion still unite themselves with the sacrifice of Christ.  Non-communicants are kindly asked not to accompany their loved ones during the reception of communion, remembering that a blessing is given to all at the end of Mass.
  • When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask below their chin in order to receive Communion. The communicant will immediately replace their mask after consuming the Host.

Sanitation Precautions

  • Appropriate cleaning of high use areas within the church will take place before each service.
  • The pews utilized by the assembly will be thoroughly sanitized.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty until further notice.
  • Entry doors will be propped open before and after Mass.
  • Our Offertory Procession is suspended.
  • Stationary Collection baskets will be available at the center break between the pews to collect envelopes or donations.  Please consider online giving to help support the ministries of the parish.
  • The sign of peace is optional. If it is offered, there is to be no physical contact. A simple gesture, such as a nod of the head, is recommended.
  • There will not be a paper bulletin.  All are encouraged to read the online version of the bulletins.

Over Flow / Too Many in Attendance

  • The Diocese has stated that we are not permitted to exceed our capacity if it violates the distancing standards.  Therefore we would have no choice but to not allow people to come in once we have reached our limited capacity.
  • As the weeks go on hopefully we can determine other ways that the faithful can participate in the Mass.
  • The Gathering Space will be open for an overflow of 10 people.
  • We will not show the Mass in other locations on the campus.
  • We cannot allow the faithful into the sanctuary to receive Holy Communion only and then leave.
  • We will continue to live stream 4 pm Saturday Mass.  No other masses will be live streamed.

Summary

  1. Decide if it is too risky for you to attend. Please err on the side of caution.
  2. Wear a mask.  Bring your own.
  3. Do not bunch up, maintain six feet distancing from other families.
  4. Avoid contact with non-family members.
  5. Go as far into the pew as safety permits.  Do not sit at the near end of a pew if there is more space.  We cannot have people "scoot past" you.
  6. During the Mass:
    1. Mask can be lowered if not moving inside the church.
    2. Raise mask when going to Communion.  Lower it briefly to place the Body of Christ in your mouth.
    3. Non-Communicants please do not go to the altar to receive a blessing.
  7. Respect social distance when leaving the church.
  8. Avoid crowds at end of Mass, go directly to your vehicle please.
  9. Clergy are not to greet the faithful either before or after Mass.  It is not a matter of not loving you or being arrogant.  It is to ensure your safety and health and that of the priest.

If you are not fortunate enough to be allowed into Mass we sincerely wish this were not the case.  Perhaps you can say a prayer that the Lord will grant you patience.  Please do not remain in your cars in the parking lot.

Please know that this whole process is new to everyone, including the staff and volunteers at St. Gabriel.  We may have to make changes to these policies, once they are put into practice.  We appreciate your understanding.

 

 

 

To view the Diocese's EIM Code of Conduct Policy & Communications with Youth Policy follow this link:

https://kcsjcatholic.org/start/eim-communications-policies/