Please read this letter from our pastor, Fr. Fryar, which has details of St. Vitus's protocol for re-opening in the midst of the Covid-19 virus. St. Vitus will continue with outdoor Masses and Confessions as noted below. Among other measures, a large tent has been set up for Masses to accommodate social distancing in open air.
Sunday Mass Times
7 a.m. (reserved for senior members of the parish and those who may be vulnerable, as well as their family/caretakers)
No reservations required for Sunday Mass at this time. Seating will be available at first-come-first-serve basis, so we suggest arriving early. Overflow standing room will be available on the blacktop with social distancing.
Weekday Mass Times
Consider attending Mass during the week, as the Sunday Obligation is not enforced due the dispensation from the Archbishop. UPDATED Mass times:
Monday - 6:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Tuesday - 7 p.m.
Wednesday - 6:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Thursday - 6:15 a.m.
Friday - 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m.
Other Mass Information
Holy Communion: Communion will be given on the tongue. Communicants will observe social distancing and receive one at a time, rather than across the altar rail. The priest will sanitize his fingers in a bowl of alcohol and dry them on a purificator after he distributes Communion to each person.
Please remember that Holy Communion is optional. Our method of giving Communion on the tongue is not optional. We cannot give you Communion in the hand at the Extraordinary Form. If you feel you should not go to Communion, please remain in your seat. If you receive Communion you understand that it will be at your own risk.
You may also join us on Live Mass
Sunday - 5 p.m.
Monday - 12 p.m.
Tuesday - 7 p.m.
Wednesday - 12 p.m.
Thursday - 7 p.m. rebroadcast
Friday - 12 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m.
Decrees from Apostolic Penitentiary:
Wind Advisory for Feb. 21: Our tent is closed Sunday morning due to high winds predicted to last until 3 p.m. Sunday morning Masses will be in the church, however attendance will be limited to 40 people according to the present restrictions of the Archdiocese. Sunday's First Holy Communion class is cancelled. Depending on weather, we anticipate returning to the tent outdoors for the 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Masses.
Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m.
Tues. and Fri. at 6 p.m.
Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
No Confessions on Thursday and Sunday
Confessions will take place under a tent on the garden side of the church. There is privacy there and a screen will be placed. Please stand at the screen and speak your confession in a normal voice. The priest will be six feet away. Please do not touch the screen or get too close to it. While waiting in line for confession, please keep social distancing.
Baptisms can now be scheduled at any time.
Please contact our pastor, Fr. Fryar, regarding interest in Confirmation this year.
Light a Candle at St. Vitus:
Make a donation, Fr. Fryar will receive a notice and will light a candle for you in front of Our Lady of Solitude at St. Vitus Parish. That candle will burn in your place, as if you were kneeling there, offering your intentions to Our Blessed Mother:
Saint Vincent de Paul Society:
St. Vitus parish has a chapter of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society who are currently assisting those affected by the pandemic.
If you are in need, please contact:
What is the "Apostolic Penitentiary"?
A tribunal of the Roman Curia responsible for issues relating to the forgiveness of sins and with jurisdiction over indulgences. It is currently led by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, maior poenitentiarius.
For more on Indulgences, please visit: Regulations on Indulgences, Apostolic Penitentiary.