Holy Cross COVID-19 Connections

Sign up to attend Sunday Mass and to serve on Usher and COVID screening teams

Register to Attend Sunday, 10 AM Mass

Click on dates to register for the Masses you will attend. The registration deadline is 12 noon on Friday.

Sign up to Serve: Usher or COVID Screening Teams 

Volunteers: Remember to also click on the links above to sign up to attend Mass on the day you are serving. COVID screeners are asked to sign up for three months at a time. Remember to cancel and request a substitute if you are not able to serve, or not able to attend Mass.

> Usher Volunteers: 

  • CLICK HERE to sign up as usher for upcoming Sunday Masses.
  • Click on the dates above to register for the Masses you will attend, including on the days you are serving as usher. 
  • Not an usher yet but interested in volunteering? Contact our usher coordinator, Anthony Wilson. Click here to send him a message with your interest in serving. 

> COVID Screening Volunteers: 

Vaccination is Key: Let us know if you are vaccinated 


Vaccination rate is key to the full reopening of churches, as well as other resources in our communities. Holy Cross is conducting an anonymous survey to learn the level of vaccination among our members. Please click here to access and complete the survey for each member of your household, age 12 and older.

This survey link also was sent in an email message to all Holy Cross members for whom we have an email address. If you completed the survey through that message, thank you. 

If you have not yet been vaccinated, please read about the resources available in Durham and make arrangements. Once vaccinated, please come back to this page and click the vaccination survey link and complete the survey for each person, age 12 and over, in your household.  

Registration Protocol

  • Registration is limited to 100 people for each Sunday 10 AM Mass.
  • All planning to attend need to register by the deadline, 12 noon, two days prior. 
  • After registering, please save your registration confirmation message. If you discover that you will not be able to attend, please click the 'cancel' button on your confirmation message to release your spot. Please do this as soon as you discover you cannot attend, so that another person may have time to register prior to the deadline. 
  • Children who are attentive and can remain in their assigned seat may accompany their parents or designated adult.
  • We ask that you refrain from registering for consecutive Sundays, so that others may have a chance sign up and attend Mass.

Mass Attendance Protocol

  • If you have registered to attend Mass in person, please arrive between 9:30 AM and 9:45 AM, to allow time for check-in and to be seated. 
  • The doors to the church will be locked when Mass begins at 10 AM. If you arrive after the doors are locked, you can participate in the Mass via livestream from a mobile phone or other device in the parking lot by accessing our church WIFI.

    Click here to access our livestream Mass via our YouTube channel.
  • If participating via livestream from the parking lot, you can receive Holy Eucharist from the priest or deacon after Mass. Wait until people have left the church after Mass (through the door between the portico and the Mary Garden), then come up to the door to receive Communion.

8 AM Daily Communion Service 

Daily Communion Service is held at 8 AM, 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 seat assignment. This service is not livestreamed. 

Our Saturday Vigil Mass remains cancelled until further notice.

Reminders for those attending Mass in person

  • Wear a mask from the time you leave your vehicle until you return to your vehicle.
  • Stop at the check-in table, and step up to the wall-mounted digital thermometer to take your temperature, apply hand sanitizer, and respond to the COVID-19 screening questions.
  • Follow the usher's guidance regarding seating, processing to receive Holy Communion and leaving the sanctuary. Those living in the same household are seated together, as much as possible. Household units and individuals are seated 6 feet apart. 

Facilities: Restrooms and water fountains are not available. One emergency restroom is available to the right of the check-in table. 

Other church functions

For the safety of our parishioners and visitors, most indoor parish functions remain cancelled to help control the spread of COVID-19.

The Parish Office is open during our regular hours (Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM), for parish 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 (6 feet apart) are required when in the building.
  • 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 wall thermometer and record on check-in sheet.
    • apply hand sanitizer from dispenser on stand beside the table.

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. They will record attendees' temperature and responses to two COVID-19 related questions.
    • Ushers will guide people to their seats prior to Mass and during exit after Mass.
    • Interested in helping? Send a note to communications@holycrossdurham.org

Plan to arrive between 9:30 AM and 9:45 AM for the Sunday 10 AM Mass, to allow time for check-in and to be seated. 

Governor's Executive Orders updated 

Update effective on April 30, 2021: While places of worship are exempt, Holy Cross continues to follow the Governor’s orders. Here are the major changes: 

NC Executive Order 209 lifts the requirement regarding face coverings. Under this order, face coverings are no longer required in any outdoor setting.

• The indoor Mass gathering limit is raised to one hundred (100) persons and the outdoor Mass gathering limit is raised to two hundred (200) persons.

• Masks will continue to be required within the church sanctuary and facilities. 

Frequently Asked Questions: EO 209

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