Welcome Back to In-Person Mass
Instructions for Participation
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.
We are thrilled to offer the opportunity to participate in Mass in-person beginning June 29. When you are ready to join us, please review this page for details on how to participate.
When and Where
Due to capacity restrictions, reservations are required for the following Masses
Please click here to make a Mass reservation
- Daily 8:00am Mass in the Mission Monday through Friday
(preceded by Rosary at 7:30am)
- Saturday 5:30pm Vigil Mass in the Parish Church
- Sunday 9:00am Mass in the Parish Church
- Sunday 11:00am Mass in the Parish Church
- Sunday 4:00pm Mandarin Mass in the Parish Church (date to resume is TBD)
Reservations for Mass will be verified at the door and there may be a line. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass and follow the directions of the ushers. There will be no further entry once Mass begins.
- The obligation to attend Mass remains dispensed for all Catholics in the Diocese of Oakland. It is not a requirement for Catholics to attend in-person Mass.
- If you are elderly, ill, at risk of illness, have had contact in the past 14 days with someone who is ill, or are concerned about becoming ill, please stay home. Protect yourself and protect others. Visit the CDC website for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
- We will continue to offer live stream Mass at 1:00pm each Sunday.
For Your Safety
- Everyone over the age of 2 must wear face masks at all times. If you forget to bring yours, please ask the greeter for one.
- Social distancing is required at all times. Please maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and your neighbors (except within immediate family members). Ground markings will help you with this.
- Please refrain from shaking hands or other physical forms of greeting (except within your immediate family). A friendly wave and a smile are always welcome!
- Per CA state order, singing is discontinued until further notice.
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer. In case you forget, hand sanitizer will be available inside the church for your use.
- Communal holy water is not available.
- The cry room is closed.
- The church will be closed between Masses for disinfecting. Pews and other high-touch surfaces will be disinfected.
- All shared materials have been removed (prayer cards, hymnals, etc.). Please bring your own personal worship aids. We will continue to provide a dedicated page on our website with all the readings and responses for Sunday Masses, which you may access on your phone.
- Windows will be open for increased ventilation.
- Baskets will not be passed for collection. Offertory baskets will be placed in the back for your offering.
- Click here to make a reservation.
- CHECK YOUR TEMPERATURE prior to coming to Mass. If above 100.4, please stay home.
- Church will open 20-30 minutes prior to start of Mass. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass begins. Doors will close once Mass begins — late entry will not be accommodated under any circumstances.
When You Arrive
- Please enter through the east (parking-lot side) doors. The west Mission Blvd. church doors will be locked.
- A greeter will greet you, check for face masks, and verify your reservation.
- You may experience a short delay while waiting for entry. We appreciate your patience and may ask you to briefly wait outside in a designated waiting area. Please note the markings on the ground and remain a safe social distance from each other while waiting to enter.
- Once checked in, an usher will seat you. To expedite the seating process, please comply with usher direction. Family groups who live together and arrive in the same car are welcome to sit together.
- For our mobility-challenged visitors - You may enter through the open back door where there are no stairs. Please see an usher or greeter once you reach the vestibule so that you may be checked in and escorted to a seating area.
- Please wear your face mask and practice proper social distancing at all times.
- You will notice some simplifications in the flow of Mass. For example, the opening procession is omitted, as is the offertory procession.
- For everyone's safety, singing has been discontinued.
- Please no physical contact during the Lord’s Prayer or Sign of Peace (with the exception of immediate family members).
- Offertory Collection: Since baskets cannot be passed, please leave your offering in the baskets which will be placed by the doors.
Receiving Holy Communion
- Communion is distributed at the end of Mass. You will be asked to remain in your pew and the ushers will guide you to a Communion station when it is your turn.
- The Cup will not be available.
- It is preferred that you receive the Host in your hands for the time being.
- If you are wearing gloves, you must remove them before receiving Eucharist.
- Please keep your face mask on until after the priest or minister has placed the Host in your hand. To receive the Host, place one hand under the other while keeping fingers together. The minister will gently place the Host in your hands without making contact. After receiving the Host, step to one side where you see the floor marking, lift your mask, consume the Host, and then put your mask back on immediately after.
- After receiving the Eucharist or a blessing, you may optionally stop in an open and unoccupied pew for a brief moment of private thanksgiving prayer. For your safety, please remain standing; do not kneel or sit.
- After receiving Holy Communion, please exit the church per usher direction. Although it will be wonderful to see your neighbors, for the safety of all we ask that you not congregate with others or linger after Mass.
- Once Holy Communion distribution concludes, all parishioners must exit the church so that it can be cleaned for the next Mass.
- Please exit through doors that are already open to avoid touching door handles.
Patience and Kindness
- We appreciate your patience. This is an unprecedented situation and there will be a learning curve for everyone as we adjust to this new normal.
- Our best chance for success is if we are all patient, cooperative, and respect the guidelines set forth by the Diocese and by health agencies.
- Expect lines, delays, and other inconveniences as we begin this new protocol.
Thank you in advance for putting on your patience with a smile!