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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. Read below for details about particiating in daily and Sunday Masses. 

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

> What to expect: View our Reopening Video here.
> Registration for the 10 AM Sunday Mass is required by 12 noon on the Friday prior. Access registration links (for upcoming Masses) in the column at the right. If you are not able to attend after registering, please cancel your reservation so that others may sign up. You can cancel from within your confirmation message by clicking the Cancel button, or by sending a message to communications@holycrossdurham.org.

  • Saturday Vigil Mass remains cancelled until further notice.
  • 8 AM Daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday), in the sanctuary. Volunteers assist with the check-in process and Scripture readings. Pre-registration is not required, but participants need to follow check-in protocols and receive a seating assignment. 
  • Sunday 10 AM Mass
    Livestreamed to our YouTube channel and posted to our Facebook page later. Attendance is limited to 25 people, including liturgical ministers. All participants need to pre-register, via links in the column to the right. The deadline for registering is 12 noon on Friday. 
  • Sunday 12 Noon Mass
    > Attendance is limited to 25 people. There is no choir at this Mass. Volunteers assist with the check-in process. Pre-registration is not required, but participants need to follow check-in protocols and receive a seating assignment. 

When arriving at church for Mass

  •  Wear a mask from the time you leave your vehicle until you return to your vehicle.
  • Stop at the check-in table to have your temperature taken and to respond to the Covid-19 screening questions.
  • Receive your sanctuary seat assignment and proceed to your seat. Follow ushers' guidance regarding seating, receiving Communion and leaving the sanctuary.

Seating (all Masses): The check-in team assigns seating. We are using every other pew. Active pews are marked with a letter at each end, with numbers designating seating within the pews. Those living in the same household are seated together, as much as possible. Groups and individuals are seated 6 feet apart. Assigned seating helps with contact tracing, if needed, and with identifying areas to clean after use. Please sit in assigned seat. Ushers are on site to assist.

  • Facilities: restrooms and water fountains are not available.
  • Ministry leaders are asked to send the name, phone and email address of all new ministry members to the parish's office manager, to help keep the sign-in log updated.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check-in desk volunteer tasks

  • Ushers 
    • One usher greets and guides those arriving to the check-in table. 
    • 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 the check-in sheet listing those who signed up for that day's Mass and a seating chart showing seat assignments.
    • Check-in volunteers will take the individual's temperature, ask the COVID-19 health screening questions, and record responses and temperature.
    • Ushers will guide people to their seats, based on the seating chart.

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 continue their 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 Durham Community Food Pantry (a service of the Catholic Charities Durham office). Tuesday morning along with that week's harvest from the parish's Sharing Garden ministry. 
  • The parish sharing garden continues throughout the fall and winter months, with onions and garlic already planted. Volunteers are welcome to help clear and prepare the sharing beds for spring planting.
  •  A voter education webinar, presented earlier this year, is 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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