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Holy Cross COVID-19 Updates

Covid-19 Info Holy CrossFor the safety of our parishioners and visitors, most indoor parish functions have been cancelled to help control the spread of Covid-19.

The Parish Office is open during its regular hours (Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM), for the pastor, office staff and maintenance personnel. Please conduct business by phone or email, as much as possible. Call 919-957-2900 ext. 20 to make an appointment if an onsite visit is needed. 

When arriving at church for a meeting

  • A mask and safe distancing are required in the building at all times.
  • Ring doorbell to gain access.
  • Stop at the check-in table and complete items on the check-in sheet:
    • write in first/last name, email/phone info
    • respond to Covid-19 questions
    • take temperature with digital thermometer and record on check-in sheet.

Mass Attendance Details

  • The Saturday Vigil Mass remains cancelled until further notice.
  • Seating: Every other pew is not being used. Active pews are marked with a letter at each end, and seating within the pews are numbered, with 6 feet between seating area. Seating is assigned by pew letter and seat number during the check-in process. Assigned seating will help with contact tracing, if needed. Please sit in assigned seat. Two people living in the same household may sit within one 6-foot space.
  • 8 AM Daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) is celebrated in the sanctuary. Volunteers assist with the check-in process, including seat assignment.
  • 10 AM Sunday Mass
    • Celebrated and livestreamed to the parish's YouTube channel and posted to the Holy Cross Facebook page afterwards.
    • Starting on Sunday, November 29, on-site attendance for up to 25 parishioners begins. Parishioners will need to register by 12 Noon on the Friday prior.  November. 
    • Those scheduled for liturgical ministries [ushers, lectors, choir) or assisting with technology for the Sunday Mass are on a check-in list. They stop at the check-in table to have their temperature taken and to respond to the Covid-19 screening questions. Ministry leaders are asked to send new team members name, phone and email address and the ministry to the parish's office manager, so that they can be added to the Sunday check-in sheet.  
    • Volunteers are needed to assist with the Sunday check-in process and for the liturgical ministries. To volunteer, contact our ministry coordinators: Lector, Usher, Choir, Communications
    • 12 Noon Sunday Mass outdoors: beginning November 1, in the church parking lot, weather permitting. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Check-in desk volunteer tasks

  • Ushers (need 2 each Sunday):
    • One usher will greet those arriving at the portico and check their name off the list of those who have registered. 
    • The second usher will guide those who have cleared the check-in process to their assigned seat in the sanctuary.
  • Check-in table team:
    • The check-in table will have copies of two documents: the check-in sheet for that day's Mass and a seating chart.
    • One will ask two Covid-19 contact questions and take the individual's temperature.
    • One will record the responses, assign seating, and remind the individual to apply sanitizing solution before proceeding to the sanctuary. Liturgical ministers' assigned seats are already on the seating chart.
    • Parishioners who pre-registered will also complete the check-in process and receive a seat assignment.

Parish Support

While the pandemic has kept us apart, the parish still needs to pay its bills. We hope that you can continue to provide support for the parish by mailing your donations to 2438 S. Alston Avenue, Durham NC, 27713, or by donating via Online Giving. Remember to submit your commitment of parish support if you have not already done so. This can be done by updating your OSV Online Giving account or by completing your Online Giving Commitment card

Church Ministries, Organizations Remain Active

The Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Parish Re-opening Committee, Altar and Men's societies, Faith Formation, the Sharing Garden, and other parish organizations continue their ongoing service to the church, with most meeting virtually. Organizations seeking assistance with virtual meeting resources can email a request to communications@holycrossdurham.org. Include the ministry name, date and time the meeting. 

If on-site meetings are required, limit the number of participants, maintain social distance of at least six feet and observe required Covid-19 protocol:

  • Schedule meetings in advance with the office administrator.
  • Sign in at the sign-in table: take/record temperature and reply to Covid-19 health screening questions
  • Masks on at all time in the building
  • Apply hand sanitizer
  • No access to restroom or water fountain water access
  • Use sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces used during meeting

Faith Formation

Social Action

  • Packaged food donations continue to be received. Place donations in the bin located near the front doors to the church. Donations are delivered to the DCFP Tuesday morning along with that week's harvest from the parish's Sharing Garden ministry. 
  •  A voter education webinar, presented recently, is now available on the parish's YouTube channel. 

If you are not receiving email messages from the parish, please send an email message to communications@holycrossdurham.org with your name, street address, preferred email address and phone number, so that we can update our communications distribution list.

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