Church of the Immaculate Conception

  The Roman Catholic Community of Glenville, New York

 

Schedule for Weekend Masses
Saturdays at 5pm       Sundays at 9am
with limited capacity and specific guidelines
You must pre-register each week for the Mass you would like to attend
Adjustments to our process may need to be made as we learn from experience
(please remember this is new for all of us). 
Changes/updates are in RED in the guidelines below. 
We encourage you to check this page each week before attending Mass.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, if you are feeling unwell, if you are in a high risk category, or if you do not feel comfortable for any reason you should remain home. All are reminded that the obligation to attend mass remains temporarily suspended by Bishop Scharfenberger.


If you would like to review the Diocesan Guidelines that were used in considering the procedures for our Parish, please click here

Additional information to consider in resuming public masses are also posted in links throughout the Diocesan document.  All of these resources were reviewed by our reopening committee before decisions were made.

The below guidelines were also presented in Video Format by Fr. Jerry, Christine Goss and Tom Bigos on June 15, 2020.  At the end of the presentation there was a period of questions and answers that had been submitted online.  WATCH THE VIDEO  Procedures may have been slightly adjusted since the video was made - please be sure to check the written protocols below.

Mass Schedule and Capacity

  • Weekend Mass Schedule will be: Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9am.
  • Daily Mass at 9am MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, and WEDNESDAYS will be open to the public. Please see Weekday Mass guidelines below
  • We will continue to livestream Masses at 9am Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
  • In compliance with State and Diocesan guidelines we are limited to 33% of total capacity in the church. 
  • We are also required to maintain six feet of separation between households which further limits our seating capacity.
  • Due to limited capacity, and the need to ensure physical separation you will need to RSVP for the Mass you would like to attend.

For Daily Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

  • You do not have to sign up in advance for Daily Mass - please note advance sign up is still required for Weekend Masses (see below)
  • Doors to the church will open at 8:30 and there will be ushers to assist you as you arrive.  Please do not arrive before 8:30am, as ushers and those setting up for Mass will not be ready to assist you before that time.
  • Masks are required.  Please sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • You will be asked to complete a required attestation form.  Forms will be available in the gathering space, you can PRINT THIS FORM and bring it with you, or, if you have a smart phone you can complete the form digitally by scanning the QR code posted at the welcome kiosk.  You can also complete the form digitally by clicking this link.
  • We will only have seating in the main nave of the church.  
  • Ushers will assist with seat selection to ensure social distancing.
  • All other Mass protocols detailed below remain in effect for Monday Mass.

RSVP for Weekend Mass

  • RSVP online using Sign up Genius (click the Sign Up Genius Logo to the Right) 
  • Or, you can call the Parish Office (518-399-9168). 
  • If you call, you must call during regular office hours.  
  • Please do not leave a voicemail with your request to sign up.  
  • Sign ups will be open each week from Monday at 9am –Thursday at 8pm 
  • When you sign up - you will need to provide the total number in your household
        (be sure to include yourself) that will attend Mass as well as provide phone number and email.  
  • You will also need to answer 5 questions
        (1 to help us with assigning your seat and 4 are part of a required health survey).
  • In the comment section please note if you require an ADA accessible pew.  You may other seating preferences, however we can not guarantee we will be able to accommodate all requests.

When you arrive for Mass

  • We will begin seating people 30 minutes before the start of Mass. 
  • Everyone must enter the Church from the front Gathering Space doors.  All other doors into the Church will be locked.
  • Everyone over 2 years old must wear a mask from the time you exit your car until you return to your vehicle after Mass.
  • The line to check in will begin on the South Side of the sidewalk.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance while waiting to enter the church (signs will indicate separation).
  • Check-in (welcome kiosk will be outside, weather permitting, or just inside the gathering space).

As you enter the Church

  • As you enter the gathering space, please use the provided hand sanitizer.
  • A stationary offertory basket will be in the gathering space.  Please place your offering in the basket as you enter.
  • An usher will show you to your preassigned seat.
  • There will be no missalettes or hymnals in the pews.
  • Worship Aids will be in your pew and you should dispose of it in the bin provided at the exit when you leave.

During Mass and Reception of Holy Communion

  • Once seated, we ask everyone to please remain in your pew until dismissal.
  • Due to cleaning requirements, the bathrooms in the church will be available for emergency use onlyIf you must use the bathroom, please sanitize the touch points when you are finished with the spray provided in the bathroom.
  • Once Mass begins, the gathering space doors will be closed and we will not be able to seat any additional people.  Please be on time for Mass.
  • During the Sign of Peace, please make a gesture or wave to nearby parishioners.  There can be no hand shakes/contact between households. 
  • There will be no Precious Blood distributed to the congregation.
  • Eucharist will be distributed in the hand only and will be brought to you in your pew.
  • Please keep your mask on as the Eucharistic Minister enters your pew
  • Once you have received the Eucharist in your hand and the Minister steps past you, carefully lower your mask, consume the Eucharist and then put your mask back on.
  • If you brought personal hand sanitizer you may sanitize your hands prior to and after receiving Communion.

Dismissal

  • Pews will be dismissed individually after the closing blessing.
  • Please remain in your pew until directed to exit.
  • As you exit, please dispose of your worship aid in the recycle bin provided at the exit.
  • You must exit using the door in the section where you are seated.
  • Congregating in the church or parking lot after Mass is not allowed at this time.

Important Note about Cleaning

Cleaning and Disinfecting the Church must be done after each Mass. It will be most helpful, if you can ensure that you remove any trash/items that you brought with you as you leave the church.


We have a team of dedicated volunteers who are assisting with sanitizing the Church after every Mass - if you are available to help with these efforts, please contact the Parish Office. 

 

Our Parish Reopening Committee consists of:

Fr. Jerry Gingras

Julie Ashcroft

Jeanne Behr

Tom Bigos

Dave Foster

Maryann Haskell

Frank Zilinskas


The Committee met over several weeks to consider all the State, Federal and Diocesan guidelines and regulations in order to develop a plan for welcoming people back to public liturgy within our Church.  We appreciate your patience.

Questons?  This is new for all of us and we expect that you may have questions.  Please use the form below to ask any questions.

Thank you for contacting us. A member of the Parish Reopening Committee will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.
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