Protocols for Resuming Public Mass at OLPH

Protocolas for Resuming Public Mass at OLPH


Dear OLPH Family and Friends,

I have the joy to announce you, parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, that our weekend public Masses will resume beginning with the Vigil of Pentecost Mass, Saturday, May 30th, at 5:30 PM.


The Coronavirus has severely impacted our way of life, including the way we do public worship. The intention of these protocols is to allow for a reopening of our church while providing a safe environment as set forth by the Federal, State and County governments, along with the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s guidelines.

Bishop Gregory Parkes’ main focus (and mine too) is your safety. That is why he is extending the dispensation of attending Mass to all Catholics that – because their age, medical condition or fear – would feel uncomfortable or/and at risk of being infected or infecting others, inside the church building.

Everyone that walks into the church building must feel safe and know that everything we could do to protect them has been done. With this in mind the following protocols have been developed.

We all must remember these are very trying and ever-changing times, and that following these protocols will help ensure a safe and meaningful return to celebrating our faith.

I feel very confident with my parishioners of OLPH. I am sure they will listen to Jesus’ evangelical command: “love your neighbor as you love yourself’; consider your neighbor’s safety as important as your own safety.

Respectfully and fraternally,

Rev. Hector Cruz, S.M.


P.S. **All those who are ADMINISTERING communion shall wear a FACE MASK while administering communion.**