As of April 29, 2020 Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, has granted us permission to begin the reopening of public Masses in May! However, there is no obligation to attend Mass in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Our Live Stream will remain available.
Weekend Mass times are scheduled as normal. The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5PM. Our Sunday Mass times are 7AM, 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 6PM. Daily Masses will remain at 9AM Monday-Friday. Daily Mass is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45pm, Wednesdays at 6am, and Saturdays at 10am.
This is part of Phase 1 of our parish reopening and will have many new protocols that all parishioners must follow to attend Mass. These procedures will be reevaluated weekly. If you would like to attend Mass please read through the details below – thank you for your patience and compliance.
Capacity & Seat Reservation
- For now, Masses will be limited to 25% capacity across the Archdiocese. For St. Anthony’s that equates to 350 in our main sanctuary per Mass. We will have overflow space that can be added for some Masses that will accommodate up to 140 additional persons or 25%.
- We no longer require seat reservations for Sunday Masses. Please arrive early and proceed through the main door per usual. An usher will greet you at the baptismal font and then point you to another usher for seating. We are still counting parishioners as they enter to ensure capacity is not exceeded. We do have an overflow plan if necessary.
Before You Arrive
- Wash your hands.
- For those 10 and up, face coverings are required on our campus and during Mass.
- The cry rooms and nursery are closed.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer that can be used before receiving Holy Communion.
- Do Not bring items that contain bleach into the sanctuary as this will damage the pews.
Mass Arrival Procedures
- Masks (for ages 10+) should be worn as soon as you exit your vehicle.
- Arrive 20-30 minutes before Mass begins to stand in line.
- The main doors of the church will open 15 minutes prior to the start of Mass.
- Our parish staff will seat your household.
- The church will be seated to fill the open pews from front to back.
- Every other pew will be closed and marked by red tape on the floor.
- You may be sharing a pew with another household, but social distance is required between the households (6ft).
- There will be no seating in the choir loft, narthex, or cry rooms.
- The holy water fonts remain empty.
- Masses will be conducted as you have seen on the Live Stream with reduced volunteer lay ministers. There will be no altar servers, choirs, or lay sacristans.
- Communion will be distributed by clergy and parish staff only.
- Parish staff will serve as ushers until further notice.
- Please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.
- There is to be no physical contact between households at the the Sign of Peace or hand holding during the Lord’s Prayer.
- Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly gift in a basket as you exit the church, but we strongly encourage online giving through: Pushpay
- Cardinal DiNardo has mandated that communion not be offered on the tongue for the time being.
- The precious blood will not be offered to the congregation.
- Use of personal hand sanitizer before communion is strongly encouraged.
- There will be a single communion line in the center of each main aisle. Parish staff will assist in ushering.
- Masks should be worn in the communion line. After the priest offers you communion please step to the side, remove your mask, consume the Eucharist, and the re-mask as you head back to your pew.
Mass Departure Procedures
- After the final blessing, parishioners must remain in their pew.
- Pews will be dismissed in an orderly fashion starting in the rear of the church and then moving forward. This will be similar to how you exit an airplane.
- You must exit your pew when prompted. Private prayer is not available after Sunday Masses to allow the church to be reset for the next Mass.
- All exits of the of the church will be utilized during departure.
- You can drop your weekly offertory as you depart.
- Clergy will not shake hands in the piazza. They will wave as you exit.
- Please do not congregate outside but head directly to your vehicle to allow the next Mass to start on time.
Church Cleaning Procedures
- We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitization practices, including cleaning pews in between every Mass.
- Disinfecting bathrooms, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces occur throughout the day.
- Parish staff will be required to wear face masks, wash hands, and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
You are reminded to follow CDC recommendations regarding your own health. If you fall into an “at risk” category, please stay home and join us by Live Stream.
Reconciliation: As of July 1, 2020, confession is available in English on Wednesdays (6pm-7:30pm) and in English and Spanish on Saturdays (8am-9:30am) in the main church. Please wear a mask to confession and maintain social distance from others in line.
- The confessionals will be arranged so that your confession will be private while maintaining social distance.
- Please stay 6 feet apart when waiting in line (markers will be on the floor).
- Confession will take place in the side transepts of the main church, after your confession please use the center sections of pews for prayer.
- Please do not stay longer than 30 minutes after your confession to allow other parishioners to enter the sanctuary.
- Please wash your hands before coming to the church and after your departure.
- In the event of a sacramental emergency call 281.419.8700 and select option 1.
Baptisms of Infants: the celebration of the sacrament of baptism has resumed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. In the event of an emergency call 281.419.8700 and select option 1.
Anointing of the Sick: communion for the Sick and viaticum for the dying will only be distributed by priests. Priests will continue to minister to the sick where they are permitted. In the event of an emergency call 281.419.8700 and select option 1.
Weddings: Must follow the above Mass protocol. Contact email@example.com for more information.
First Communions: Have resumed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Confirmations: Have resumed. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Funerals: Must follow the above Mass protocol. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.