Update July 13: Effective immediately – no indoor masses, meaning week day masses not open to public and no Saturday vigil mass at St. Catherine of Siena in Monte Rio.
9:00 AM mass at the St. Elizabeth outdoor church is ongoing but masks are now required outdoors throughout the county.
11:00 AM mass at St. Colman outdoor church also ongoing.
Registration for Mass will be continued for the purpose of early intervention if a case is reported. Here is the Sonoma County information on Contact Tracing methods: https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/healthy-body-mind/healthcare-testing/covid-19-testing-in-sonoma-county/
Here is CDC information on Contact Tracing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/open-america/contact-tracing-resources.html
Here is a study showing the benefits of early intervention from Anals of Intensive Care:
Update July 7, 2020:
The CDC has published information on the use of CONTACT TRACING at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#Contact-Tracing
If you are a parishioner or attended mass at St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine or St. Colman please let us know immediately if you are diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. We have recorded attendance for all the masses and can contact all attendees. Notice the language which describes “close contact” as being within 6 feet of the diagnosed person for 15 minutes or more. Any information obtained by St. Elizabeth Parish in the mass registration process is confidential.
Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to keep you, all the other attendees and the broader community safe.
Press Release: State Releases Guidance for some Counties to Move Stage Three
“On June 5, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidance for counties with variance, which includes Sonoma County, to go to Stage Three and allow further sectors to operate during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).This new guidance allows variance counties to move to Stage Three as soon as Friday June 12, 2020.”Socoemergency.org
At this time St. Elizabeth will continue to require registration for all masses so that we may contact people who are exposed if there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined by 3 or more cases; the incubation period is 2 to 14 days. However, the public health nurse locally has asked us to inform them if we have any cases. We are providing visitor cards for attendees from other areas, asking them to contact us if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of their visit, and capturing their contact information so we can notifying them of an outbreak. If you are unsure about your medical risk, ask your doctor if it is advisable for you to attend mass at this time.
Please remember to sanitize your hands and to wear your mask when you receive communion. Our priest and our eucharistic ministers are risking their health for our sakes, please be considerate of them.
Some parishioners have voiced objections to the policy so some instances of church related outbreaks to consider are presented below. Remember that we are still dispensed by the bishop from the obligation to attend mass on Sunday and that St. Elizabeth is live streaming Sunday mass as well as the week day masses via Facebook. They are then linked to our website and our YouTube channel. If you find yourself feeling a bit anxious or down, consider going there and select a mass, rosary or chat with Fr. Luis.
Instances of Church Related COVID-19 outbreaks:
Church in Chula Vista under COVID-19 investigation for possible non-compliance. Note in this case the inability to provide lists of attendees. This is not mandated by the govt. but is our policy at St. Elizabeth as we have a double risk due to our high rate of visiting tourists and our elderly parishioner demographic.
Holy Ghost Chapel, in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, staffed by Redemptorists, had opened early in May but had to close again when one priest died, and five other clergy he lived with tested positive.
There are many other news stories you can Google yourself if you are not convinced of the need for these policies. Remember that we are responsible not just to the parish but to the community at large. A prayer for the pandemic is on the home page, please pray! Thank you for your cooperation.
To ease the hassle factor for our regular attendees, if you plan to attend the same mass all summer and wish to avoid having to register every week, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many seats you need. We can block out these seats for you. Please be responsible and let us know when you bring guests, we must have their contact information, or if you are not attending. This is especially important at St. Catherine of Siena as seating is limited.
COMMUNION AFTER MASS: Please continue what you have been doing to either stay and pray or when you process out remain silent and reverent. May I suggest praying the “Anima Christi”? For those who went to Catholic school you may remember praying this after receiving communion.
Anima Christi , Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds hide me. Separated from you, let me never be. From the evil one, protect me. At the hour of my death, call me. And close to you bid me. That with your saints, I may be, Praising you, forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.”
At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and heal through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” Come to our aid now, that we may experience your healing love.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being
Again our thanks for your cooperation, and our prayers for your health and safety.