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 - 7 a.m. (reserved for senior members of the parish and those who may be vulnerable), 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
You will need to make a reservation to attend Mass on Sunday at St. Vitus. Only people on the list will be admitted.
IMPORTANT: Update for Sunday Mass Reservations
To request a reservation please call the parish office according to the following schedule.
Wed: Registered Parishioners may call Wednesdays 9am-12pm or 1pm-3pm for recurring Sunday attendance. You must confirm your next Sunday attendance upon check-in at the gate when entering for Mass. Please call and cancel if you are not able to attend.
Thurs: NO RESERVATIONS, Do Not Leave a Message
Fri: Reservations accepted for all, on first-come-first-serve basis for upcoming Sunday Mass only. Call on Fridays 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm for non-recurring attendance reservation. You will not be asked of Parish registration status, and no longer need to wait for "call back."
Waiting list will begin once all seats at all Sunday Masses have been filled. The only call-backs moving forward will be to those on a wait list who have been admitted at a Sunday Mass due to a cancellation.
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.
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. Here is our broadcast schedule:
Sunday: 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 p.m.
Thursday: 7 p.m. Rebroadcast of 6:15 a.m. Mass
Saturday: 9:30 a.m.
Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11 a.m.
Tues. and Fri. at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday at 9 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, beginning from June 3. All the other sacraments can be scheduled after June 3, as well. First Communions will be on the Feast of Corpus Christi; Thurs. June 11. Please arrange with one of the priests to hear the First Confession of your child at some point before then.
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:
Decrees from Apostolic Penitentiary:
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.