Details for the Restarting of Mass
As previously announced we are restarting congregational Masses for the Collaborative on the weekend of Pentecost, May 30-31 at Saints Martha & Mary Church.
Reminder: Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass is still in effect. The elderly and those with underlying health issues are advised/encouraged to stay home and follow Mass on CatholicTV.
Parishioners will have to pre-register for Mass at the following link:
You will be prompted to check “I am not a robot” “I agree” and “submit payment” for your registration to be complete. (There is no fee so the payment is $0). When you register the first time you will receive a welcome email with a 24 hour temporary password. Please set up a permanent password. It will make sign ups easier the next time. Those without internet access can call the main office at 508-947-0444 or 508-947-2107 but anyone who is able to register online should do so.
You will be able to register six days in advance up until the day before your scheduled Mass. For example, for Saturday masses registration will be available from the prior Sunday to Friday. For Sunday masses, registration will be available from the prior Monday to Saturday. (Note: Registration will begin for all Masses next weekend on Monday May 25).
Cranberry Catholic Collaborative Guidelines:
In order to help us maintain safety and social distancing, here’s what you need to know about the re-starting of congregational Masses:
There will be no parking on the rectory side of the Church, which will be used for check-in.
Driving into the Church will be from the right entry way and parking will be in the right parking lot and behind the Church. Handicapped parking will be available as marked.
Masks must be worn at all times from before you exit your vehicle until you return to your vehicle (with the exception of those medically unable to do so and children under age 2. Also parents may decide for children ages 2-5). This will assist when unable to keep socially distant in the parking lot.
The priest, deacon, lector, and anyone else in the sanctuary will not be wearing masks. However, the priest or deacon will wear one for the distribution of communion.
Bring your own hand sanitizer if possible
Arrive 15 minutes early at the main door for check-in which will be on the left side of the Church. Please follow the marked lines to maintain social distance while waiting for check-in. Parishioners with disabilities will be checked in by the ramp.
At 5 minutes prior to Mass start anyone who has not checked in may forfeit their seat to a “stand-by parishioner”. Stand-by parishioners will be allowed in until we meet our 120 person limit.
In/Out of the Church will be one way. The central door will be for arrival and the side door by the choir will be the exit door. Only those who need access to the handicap ramp and their assistant will be allowed to exit through the front door.
You will be ushered to an assigned seat starting at the front of the Church. Please do not change your seat after being seated.
There will be no hymnals available. You may bring your own or download an app such as Daily Readings for Catholics to use on your smartphone.
There will be no processions at the start, at offertory or at the end.
There will be no passing of the basket for offertory. Parishioners are encouraged to use the online donation platforms if possible. Baskets will be available at the entrance and exit doors for those who wish to drop in their envelopes at Mass. (NOTE: Envelopes from Sacred Heart/St. Rose parishioners will be credited towards Sacred Heart/St. Rose Parish.)
No congregational singing will be permitted.
The holy water fonts will be drained and covered.
There will be no holding of hands during the Our Father and no touching at the sign of peace.
When you receive communion, you should keep your mask on, receive in your hands from the Priest, step to the side, remove your mask, consume the host and then put your mask back on.
Exiting at Mass will be pew by pew starting from the front as directed by volunteers.
After Mass please exit promptly without congregating in the Church or parking lot.
Video from the Archdiocese of Boston on Returning to Mass:
on Friday, May 22 at 3:00PM