Liturgy

Los Altos Catholic Church

Liturgy

Guidelines for Outdoor Mass

It is necessary for us to observe County directives, and those of the Diocese of San Jose, in order to ensure we protect the health and safety of our parishioners wishing to gather for Eucharist. We will require everyone in attendance to follow these guidelines as we come together for our outdoor celebrations.

Live-streamed Masses will continue and we highly recommend those who are sick or vulnerable stay home for Mass. There is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass and you are welcome to stream our Mass from home until you are ready to return.

  • A total of 25 people is allowed to gather outside, including the Presider, ministers, and the assembly.
  • All persons over the age of six are required to wear a face covering and follow social distancing of six feet between non family members. Hands must be sanitized when entering the worship space and before receiving Communion. We will have some masks on hand but hope that you will bring your own.
  • We recommend you check your temperature at home, and do not plan to attend if it is elevated above normal. If you are feeling at all ill, please do not attend.
  • Reservations will be required and can be made online. Those without computer access may call in to the Rectory to make a reservation. Please be sure to cancel your reservation as soon as you know you are unable to attend.
  • All buildings on the campus will be closed so please do not enter except in the case of needing the restroom.

Before Mass

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass. Park in the front parking lot and use the rectory side sidewalk to get to the gathering area in front of the church. Put your mask on as you leave your car. Proceed to the check in table in front of the parish center. As you wait to check in please observe 6-foot distances.
  • Check in area will have hand sanitizer, extra masks, gloves if you prefer, and a collection basket if you are not participating in online giving. After checking in, please use the sanitizer and proceed to the seating area. Enter a row from the right and walk through to the furthest available seat in the row.

During Mass

  • We will not be singing during the outdoor Masses.
  • When it is time for Communion, we will exit one row at a time to the left (school side). If you have your own alcohol based hand sanitizer please use it before exiting the row. We will also have a dispenser outside the seating area as you walk toward the altar. Everyone must sanitize their hands before receiving Eucharist.
  • Please observe 6 foot social distancing during Communion. As you approach the Presider, fully extend your arms and hold your hands out to receive the Body of Christ. Step 6 feet away, drop your mask to consume the Blessed Sacrament, then replace your mask and continue to your seat.

After Mass

  • We may not congregate after Mass. Please exit your row to the left (school side) and use that sidewalk to return to your car.
  • The Presider will ask for several volunteers to stay behind to assist with sanitizing for the next Liturgy.
Thank you for your attention to these details. We look forward to seeing you soon.