Holy Cross COVID-19 Connections

Updated Mass information, Volunteer Opportunities, COVID Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols updated 9.7.21 
Registering/Attending Mass | COVID-19 Exposure Containment

COVID Exposure Containment

  1. If you have a positive COVID test, call our COVID Reopening Committee leadership team at 703-344-1630, so that confidential contact tracing can begin. If needed, leave a voice message including your name, phone number and email address, and date when you received a positive COVID test result. All information will be held in confidence. 

  2. A member of the team will send a confidential message via Flocknote to those in your general seating area within 24 hours of notification, informing them that a potential COVID exposure incident has occurred at the church and which general seating area may be affected. The message will include the latest Holy Cross and CDC guidelines for next steps, including a suggestion that those notified be tested. 

Registering/Attending Sunday Mass at Holy Cross

  • Register by 12 noon Friday prior to the 10 AM Sunday Mass you will attend. Sign-up links are in the column on the right. Registration speeds up the check-in process. 
  • Registration is not required for the daily Mass nor the 5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass, but the same protocols apply. 


  • Arrive 15-30 minutes before Mass begins, to allow time to complete check-in procedures, to be seated, and to prepare to celebrate Mass.
  • A mask covering nose and mouth is required indoors. 
  • When entering the building: apply hand sanitizer, take temperature at digital wall thermometer and record it on the check-in sheet, along with answers to COVID screening questions, including your seat pew letter and number. At the Sunday Mass, a Sunday Mass Volunteer will record your information.
  • Daily Mass: Complete above steps, adding your seat number and pew to the sign-in sheet.
  • 5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass: Pre-registration is not required (due to smaller attendance numbers) but attendees do need to provide the same information as above when checking in. They can bring this information on a slip of paper, adding their temperature when they arrive and leaving it on the check-in table, or write the information on paper provided at a table in the gathering space.
  • If an usher is on site, the usher will guide you to your seat and record your seat pew and number on the check-in sheet. If no usher is present, please record your pew letter and seat number on your check-in note. 
  • If you arrive late for Mass and the church doors are locked, you can view the Mass from the parking lot. Both Masses are live-streamed. Click on Holy Cross's YouTube channel on your mobile device. When Mass ends, come to the front side door and tell Fr. Pius or Deacon Phil that you would like to receive Communion. 

You can help

Become a 10 AM Sunday Mass Volunteer to help with check-in and usher roles. See details and sign-up links in the next column. More information is below.

Sunday Mass Volunteers is a new name for a ministry that combines the roles of usher and COVID-19 check-in table recorder. Volunteers that previously signed up to serve as Usher or to help at the check-in table, now sign up as Sunday Mass Volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome. 

We request 6 volunteers for each Sunday Mass. Sign up for as many Sundays as you can serve. Training will be provided. On your scheduled day(s), arrive by 9:00 AM, as the clergy, ministry team members and worshippers arrive early. 

Volunteers' roles: One volunteer checks in those coming to Mass; others will fulfill the Usher roles: greeting those arriving, guiding movement in the church before, during and after Mass, and taking up the collection. Details will be provided after you join this team.

Have questions? Call Anthony Wilson, Sunday Mass Volunteers coordinator, at 919-641-2286. 

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 continuing to conduct an anonymous survey to monitor the vaccination rate among our members. Please click here to access and complete the survey for each member of your household, age 12 and older.

If you have already completed this survey, thank you. 

View vaccination resources available in Durham. Once vaccinated, please come back to this page and click the vaccination survey link above and complete the survey for each person in your household who has been vaccinated. 

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 apply hand sanitizer from dispenser on stand near the check-in table
  • Take temperature with digital wall thermometer
  • Write your name, temperature, email and phone info info on check-in sheet and respond to COVID-19 questions

Saturday Vigil Mass
Volunteers: arrive by 4:15 PM
Mass attendees: No signup required but you do need to check in.

Sunday 10 AM Mass

Signup by 12 Noon Friday
to Attend


Sign up to Help at 
Sunday 10 AM Mass

Mass Volunteers is the new name for a ministry that includes the roles of Usher and check-in table recorders.

Six volunteers are needed for each 10 AM Sunday Mass. Click links below to sign up for as many Sundays as you can serve, but please find a substitute if you need to cancel. Arrive at 9 AM on your scheduled day. 

September 2021
Sunday Mass Volunteer Signups

October 2021
Sunday Mass Volunteer Signups

November 2021
Sunday Mass Volunteer Signups

What's Involved? 

Volunteers serve as Greeter, Check-in Table Recorder, or Usher. 

Volunteers attend Mass after all people are checked in and seated. When Mass ends, those serving as usher will guide people as they exit the sanctuary. 

Have questions? Call Anthony Wilson, coordinator, at 919-641-2286.

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