Holy Cross COVID-19 Connections

Updated Mass information, Volunteer Opportunities, COVID Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

updated 9.7.21 and 11.15.21
Registering/Attending Mass, Meetings | COVID-19 Exposure Containment

COVID Exposure Containment

If you have a positive COVID test after being at Holy Cross for any reason, call our COVID Reopening Committee leadership team at 703-344-1630, so that the parish can be alerted that a potential COVID exposure has occurred. If needed, leave a voice message including your name, phone number and email address; date, time and location that you were at church, and date when you received a positive COVID test result. All information will be held in confidence. 

A member of the parish's COVID-19 team will send a confidential message via Flocknote, to those for whom the parish has contact information, within 24 hours of notification, informing them that a potential COVID exposure incident has occurred at the church. The message will include the latest Holy Cross and CDC guidelines for next steps.


  • If you do not feel well, and especially if you have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, please do not come to church. You can participate in the Saturday 5 PM Vigil or Sunday 10 AM Mass via livestream. If you need to attend a meeting, ask the organizer to arrange for a Zoom session or catch up later via a phone call. 
  • When at Holy Cross, a​​​​ mask covering nose and mouth, for those ages 2 and above, is required from the sidewalk to the main church door at the portico, and at all times while in the church building.
  • When entering the building: apply hand sanitizer from the dispenser, then take your temperature at the digital wall thermometer (place your wrist or forehead in front of the thermometer scanner, then give it a few seconds to register your temperature). Record your temperature on the check-in sheet on the check-in table, along with your name and contact information. If a volunteer is present, provide your information to that person.


  • We presently request registration for the 10 AM Sunday Mass, to assure we remain within our attendance limit. Registration produces a spreadsheet, which helps to make the check-in process go more quickly. When arriving at church, apply hand sanitizer, take your temperature, then tell the check-in volunteer your name (spell if it is not a common spelling) and provide your temperature, phone number and/or email address, if you did not sign up for the Mass. 
  • Remember to maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others when walking or standing in the church. 
  • When available, ushers will assist you in finding a seat in the sanctuary. In the church pews, please observe the numbering on the pew backrest. Members of one household can sit together at one number. Non-family members should sit at the next available number in the pew, maintaining a six foot distance from others.
  • Every other pew is closed off with a cord. Please observe this measure that provides extra distance between those who are not of the same household. Do not remove the cords. 
  • After Mass, exit the sanctuary via the door to the right of the altar. 
  • If attending Mass via livestream in the Fellowship Hall/Multipurpose Room, you will exit through the door in that space. 

Sign-in is required for the 8 AM Daily Mass, Tuesday through Friday. The sign-in sheet is at the check-in table. Follow the check-in procedures noted above. 

Registration and sign-in are not required for the 5 PM Vigil (silent) Mass. But please do observe the spacing instructions and positive COVID-test procedures noted above. 

Registering/Attending 10 AM Sunday Mass at Holy Cross 

  • Sign-up links for the 10 AM Sunday Mass are in the column on the right. Register by 12 noon Friday prior to the 10 AM Sunday Mass you will attend. Registration speeds up the check-in process for this Mass, which typically has a larger attendance than our other Masses. 

  • Registration is not required for the daily Mass nor the 5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass, due to the lower number of people in attendance, but the same protocols listed below apply. 

Protocols for Mass at Holy Cross

  • Arrive 30-15 minutes before Mass begins, to allow time to complete check-in procedures, to be seated, and to prepare to celebrate Mass.
  • Daily Mass: Follow the protocol above, adding your seat number and pew to the sign-in sheet that is place on the check-in table, Tuesday through Friday.
  • 5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass: Pre-registration and sign-in is not required.  is not required (due to smaller attendance numbers) but attendees do need to provide the same information as above when checking in. They can bring this information on a slip of paper, adding their temperature when they arrive and leaving it on the check-in table, or write the information on paper provided at a table in the gathering space.
  • If an usher is on site, the usher will guide you to your seat and record your seat pew and number on the check-in sheet. If no usher is present, please record your pew letter and seat number on your check-in note. 
  • If you arrive late for Mass and the church doors are locked, you can view the Mass from the parking lot. Both Masses are live-streamed. Click on Holy Cross's YouTube channel on your mobile device. When Mass ends, come to the front side door and tell Fr. Pius or Deacon Phil that you would like to receive Communion. 

You can help

Become a 10 AM Sunday Mass Volunteer to help with check-in and usher roles. See details and sign-up links in the next column. More information is below.

Sunday Mass Volunteers is a new name for a ministry that combines the roles of usher and COVID-19 check-in table recorder. Volunteers that previously signed up to serve as Usher or to help at the check-in table, now sign up as Sunday Mass Volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. 

We request 6 volunteers for each Sunday Mass. Sign up for as many Sundays as you can serve. Training will be provided. On your scheduled day(s), arrive by 9:00 AM, as the clergy, ministry team members and worshippers arrive early. 

Volunteers' roles: One volunteer checks in those coming to Mass; others will fulfill the Usher roles: greeting those arriving, guiding movement in the church before, during and after Mass, and taking up the collection. Details will be provided after you join this team.

Have questions? Call Anthony Wilson, Sunday Mass Volunteers coordinator, at 919-641-2286. 

Vaccination is Key: Let us know if you are vaccinated 

Vaccination rate is key to the full reopening of churches, as well as other resources in our communities. Holy Cross is continuing to conduct an anonymous survey to monitor the vaccination rate among our members. Please click here to access and complete the survey for each member of your household, age 12 and older. If you have already completed this survey, thank you. 

View vaccination resources available in Durham. Once vaccinated, please come back to this page and click the vaccination survey link above and complete the survey for each person in your household who has been vaccinated. 

Other church functions

For the safety of our parishioners and visitors, most indoor parish functions remain cancelled to help control the spread of COVID-19. When meetings are held, participants need to follow the COVID guidelines on this page. 

The Parish Office is open during our regular hours (Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM), for parish 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 (6 feet apart) are required when in the building.
  • Ring doorbell to gain access.
  • Stop at the check-in table and apply hand sanitizer from dispenser on stand near the check-in table
  • Take temperature with digital wall thermometer (place the inside of your wrist or your forehead up to the scanner on the thermometer and wait a few seconds for it to register you temperature). 
  • Write your name, temperature, email and phone info info on check-in sheet and respond to COVID-19 questions

Saturday Vigil Mass
Volunteers: arrive by 4:15 PM
Mass attendees: No signup required but you do need to check in.

Sunday 10 AM Mass

Signup by 12 Noon Friday
to Attend


Sign up to Help at 
Sunday 10 AM Mass

Mass Volunteers is the new name for a ministry that includes the roles of Usher and check-in table recorders.

Six volunteers are needed for each 10 AM Sunday Mass. Click links below to sign up for as many Sundays as you can serve, but please find a substitute if you need to cancel. Arrive at 9 AM on your scheduled day. 

November 2021
Sunday Mass Volunteer Signups

What's Involved? 

Volunteers serve as Greeter, Check-in Table Recorder, or Usher. 

Volunteers attend Mass after all people are checked in and seated. When Mass ends, those serving as usher will guide people as they exit the sanctuary front or rear side doors. 

Have questions? Call Anthony Wilson, coordinator, at 919-641-2286.

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