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Holy Cross COVID-19 Updates

Covid-19 Info Holy CrossFor the safety of our parishioners and visitors, most indoor parish functions have been cancelled to help control the spread of Covid-19.

The Parish Office is open during its regular hours (Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM), for the pastor, office staff and maintenance personnel. Please conduct business by phone or email, as much as possible. Call 919-957-2900 ext. 20 to make an appointment if an onsite visit is needed. 

When arriving at church for a meeting

  • A mask and safe distancing are required in the building at all times.
  • Ring doorbell to gain access.
  • Stop at the check-in table and complete items on the check-in sheet:
    • write in first/last name, email/phone info
    • respond to Covid-19 questions
    • take temperature with digital thermometer and record on check-in sheet.

Mass Attendance Details

  • The Saturday Vigil Mass remains cancelled until further notice.
  • Seats in the pews are numbered, providing 6 feet of distance between individuals in a pew. Every other pew is not being used. Seating is assigned during the check-in process. Assigned seating will help with contact tracing, if needed. Please sit in assigned seat. Two people living in the same household may sit within one 6-foot space.
  • 8 AM Daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) is celebrated in the sanctuary. Volunteers will assist with the check-in process, including seat assignment.
  • 10 AM Sunday Mass
    • Celebrated and livestreamed to the parish's YouTube channel and posted to the Holy Cross Facebook page afterwards. Only those serving in Sunday Mass ministries are present.
    • Those scheduled for liturgical ministries [ushers, lectors, choir) for Sunday Mass receive an online sign-up form link each Monday, to be completed by 12 noon Friday. The parish office manager transfers the names of those who register onto a check-in spreadsheet for that Sunday, and places the spreadsheet on the check-in table each Friday, for use on Sunday mornings. 
    • Volunteers are needed to assist with the Sunday check-in process and for the liturgical ministries. To volunteer, contact your ministry coordinator: Lector, Usher, Choir, Communications. The usher ministry 

Volunteer Opportunities

Check-in desk volunteer tasks

  • Ushers (need 2 each Sunday):
    • One usher will greet those arriving at the portico and check their name off the list of those who have registered. 
    • The second usher will guide those who have cleared the check-in process to their assigned seat in the sanctuary.
  • Check-in table team:
    • The check-in table will have copies of two documents: the check-in sheet for that day's Mass and a seating chart
    • One will ask two Covid-19 contact questions and take the individual's temperature.
    • One will record the responses, assign seating, and remind the individual to apply sanitizing solution before proceeding to the sanctuary.
    • To assign seating, the volunteer:
      • Starts with the pews nearest the altar and seats nearest the center aisle, and participants approach their seats from the center aisle. 
      • Remaining seats are assigned from middle of the pew to the outside aisle, and participants enter from the outside aisle. 

Parish Support

While the pandemic has kept us apart, the parish still needs to pay its bills. We hope that you can continue to provide support for the parish by mailing your donations to 2438 S. Alston Avenue, Durham NC, 27713, or by donating via Online Giving.  

Church Ministries, Organizations Remain Active

The Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Parish Re-opening Committee, Altar and Men's societies, Faith Formation, the Sharing Garden, and other parish organizations their continue ongoing service to the church, with most meeting virtually. Organizations seeking assistance with virtual meeting resources can email a request to communications@holycrossdurham.org. Include the ministry name, date and time the meeting. 

If on-site meetings are required, limit the number of participants, maintain social distance of at least six feet and observe required Covid-19 protocol:

  • Schedule meetings in advance with the office administrator.
  • Sign in at the sign-in table: take/record temperature and reply to Covid-19 health screening questions
  • Masks on at all time in the building
  • Apply hand sanitizer
  • No access to restroom or water fountain water access
  • Use sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces used during meeting

Faith Formation

Social Action

  • Packaged food donations continue to be received. Place donations in the bin located near the front doors to the church. Donations are delivered to the DCFP Tuesday morning along with that week's garden harvest.
  • The Sharing Garden ministry continues to maintain the vegetable garden beds, harvesting and delivering produce to the Durham Community Food Pantry (DCFP) each Tuesday morning. 
  •  A voter education webinar, presented recently, is now available on the parish's YouTube channel. 

If you are not receiving email messages from the parish, please send an email message to communications@holycrossdurham.org with your name, street address, preferred email address and phone number, so that we can update our communications distribution list.

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