May 21, 2020

Knock and the door will be opened to you!                               
Dear Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Family,
 As we gather again to be joyfully present for the celebration of Mass, each of us is asked to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this pandemic, we are asked to take precautions to honor each life given to us by God and show charity for the well-being of our neighbors. If you are ill, elderly, anxious, or have underlying health conditions please feel free to stay home.  If Sunday Mass participation is not an option for you, consider attending a weekday Mass.  The Archbishop has dispensed all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe from their Sunday Mass obligation. 
We are setting up the church according to the directives issued by the diocese.  We determined that our 25% occupancy is a total of 175 people per Mass.  Our immediate plan is to celebrate four Masses every weekend and daily Mass from Tuesday through Friday. The following schedule will remain in effect for the foreseeable future:  
  Sunday Mass Obligation: 5:00 pm Saturday (Beginning May 23rd)
 Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Bilingual) & 10:30 am (May 24th)
 Weekday Mass:   Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am (May 26th)
  Confessions:        Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm   
Safest Practices for Attending Mass
Those feeling unwell or believe they may have been exposed to someone 
with COVID-19 should not attend Mass.
One should not attend Mass if he or she is experiencing any symptoms of illness, especially the following: 
  • A temperature above 100.4 F
  • Cough or sore throat 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Recent loss of smell or taste 
  • Chills, muscle aches, or  gastrointestinal upset
The Archdiocese has strictly advised that all parishioners must wear a mask while attending Mass. 
Maintain six feet of social distance from others who are not from the same household at all times while in the church or on church property.
Refrain from physical contact such as holding hands during the Our Father.
Choirs and singing will be held to a minimum.
Safest Practices for Receiving Communion 
Newly available evidence shows that virus spreads quickly through oral secretions; therefore, communion is most safely received as follows:
  • Communion will be received in the hand.
  • Both the priest and the communicant will be wearing masks. 
  • The priest and communicant will sanitize hands prior to distributing/receiving communion.  
  • Communion lines will be avoided – wait for the usher to dismiss each row individually and communion will be distributed as you exit the Church.
We expect this situation to continue for the next several weeks or months.  As the Archbishop has indicated, any plan to reopen our churches for public worship must include every precaution to eliminate a second wave of infection. Therefore, during this time and for the foreseeable future, we will keep the Church doors locked to avoid any unknown contamination.  However, everyone in the Parish is still invited and encouraged to make visits to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  Please enter through the west door of the Chapel opposite the south/east door of the Gym. The six-number combination on the keypad is 811811, (the number of the Parish Office address 811 Guaymas, repeated twice). 
Our Church has been vacant far too long, and I am sure we are all looking forward to coming together and sharing in the Eucharist.  I, too, look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Sunday, or at a  weekday Mass.


Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM  87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818