Dear Brothers and Sisters
of St. Paul’s Church,
Greetings in Christ! I trust you are doing well during these challenging times.
Our Reopening Committee continues to meet regularly. At these meetings we discuss ways in which we might be able to improve our church experience, make our environment safer, and still observe all the Covid-19 protocols. Not an easy task since everything is new and there is constant change.
A few weeks ago I was able to tell you that we purchased and installed CDC recommended MERV-13 air filters. These increase the performance of our air filters and further reduce the chance of virus transmission. In addition, they protect against pollen dust, lint dust, mites, mold spores, bacteria, virus carriers, and microscopic allergens.
We will soon be installing an additional recommended air purification system for both the Church and the Hall. This systemt uses germicidal UV light rays to reduce odors, air pollutants, chemical odors, mold, bacteria and viruses. These germicidal UV light rays have been used for decades by the medical industry as a method for dependably destroying micro-organisms (germs, viruses, bacteria, gases and vapors).
In addition, we’ve also installed a hands free faucet in one of the bathrooms and are in the process of doing so in the other bathrooms. We hope to do the same with the toilets. Because of their age however, this is going to be more difficult and very expensive.
In making these changes, we hope you feel safer and ever more comfortable in your church.
Without question, the most difficult task of our Ushers and Greeters has been to tell parishioners arriving for Mass that our Church has reached its (safe distancing) capacity. This doesn’t happen every weekend, but when it does, it’s an awful experience for everyone involved, I assure you. I can’t tell you how many hours our Reopening Committee has spent seeking a solution! We still don’t have the answer, but we are proposing another alternative.
Our Committee has been experimenting with a system that will livestream the Mass into Deacon John Hall. Beginning this weekend, anyone who arrives for Mass and cannot be seated in the Church, will be invited to watch the Mass on a large screen in Deacon John Hall while seated at safe distances. We hope this will relieve some of the stress and anxiety you might feel coming to church and not being sure whether or not you can be seated.
God bless you all!
Your brother in Christ,