Updated: May 27, 2020
You can read Bishop Silva's latest memo linked [HERE] in full. Here are a few highlights as it pertains to Holy Family Catholic Church in the Diocese of Honolulu.
Public Weekday Masses will resume at Holy Family beginning Monday, May 25, 2020, at the regular 8 a.m. time. Weekend Masses will resume on Pentecost weekend, May 30/31, 2020. We are tentatively planning to replace the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass with an 8 a.m. Mass and 9:30 a.m. Mass for the Summer months to better accommodate in-person congregants while adhering to the latest health and safety guidelines. Please be patient with us as we closely monitor the attendance density and adjust our Mass schedules accordingly. We hope to return to our pre-COVID-19 schedule of Masses when deemed safe by leading authorities.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is extended through June 30, 2020 to allow those who are not comfortable attending Mass at this time to stay away with a clear conscience.
Those who do choose to attend Mass in person are required to bring and wear their own face covering while on Church property. They must also maintain proper social distancing according to the latest guidelines issued through the CDC (6' distances are recommended at the time of this writing). Members of the same household may sit together.
To streamline the Mass and for safety reasons, the following will apply to all Masses at Holy Family: there will be no processions before, after, or during the Mass; no physical contact during the Our Father; the congregational sign of peace will be omitted (the celebrant will still exchange peace with the congregation); Holy Communion will be distributed under one species (the Eucharist); the communicant may opt to receive communion in the hand or on the tongue; six-foot distances must be maintained between households even in the communion line; communicants will remove their face covering immediately before receiving communion; all ministers of Holy Communion, including clergy, will sanitize their hands immediately before and after distributing Holy Communion;
Regarding homebound ministries, priests, deacons and other duly commissioned extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, who are not at high risk of infection themselves, may take Communion to the homebound, always exercising proper hygiene procedures and wearing masks.
Also, Confessions will resume on Saturday, May 30, 2020 with a modified schedule (tbd on the exact times for now; check our website regularly for an updates). Those participating in this sacrament must take the proper precautions, including social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
Please understand that the situation remains fluid and schedules and services will continue to be modified and adapted to the latest guidelines at every level. May God bless you.
Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo, The Two Trinities [retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bartolomé_Esteban_Perez_Murillo_003.jpg]