【IMPORTANT】APPLYING FOR “CONDITIONAL PUBLIC MASS”

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FOUR STAGES OF CHURCH ACTIVITIES

STAGE 1: REGULAR MASS (PUBLIC MASS) AND ACTIVITIES

Regular mass and activities held just as usual as before COVID-19 occurred.

STAGE 2: PUBLIC MASS AND ACTIVITIES AFTER TAKING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19

  • Measures: cough etiquette, thorough hand-washing, placing of alcohol hand sanitizers at entrances to facilities, keeping doors of facilities (including Churches) open, refraining from use of holy water fonts/vessels, proper ventilation
  • Holy Mass: no offertory (bread and wine) procession, no physical contact during the greetings of peace, communion by hand, persons who are not feeling well refrain from attending mass, allow wearing of face masks (parishioners, servers, priests), dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday mass for persons who are worried about their physical condition
  • Sacraments: to be celebrated after taking precautionary measures (Baptism, Matrimony, Confession, Anointing of the Sick)
  • Activities: avoid the Three C’s (Closed spaces, Crowded places, Close-contact setting), keep it as short as possible

STAGE 3: PUBLIC MASS AND ACTIVITIES WITH CONDITIONS

  • Holy Mass: limit number of people, proper ventilation, hand disinfection, no singing, with short homily, no offertory procession (including collection of monetary offerings), no physical contact during the greetings of peace, communion by hand, all wear face masks (parishioners, servers, priests), consider shortening the time for celebration (if possible, celebrate mass more than once), non-participation of parishioners with chronic illness and the elderly, dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday mass for all the faithful of Tokyo Archdiocese 
  • Sacraments: Baptism – to be celebrated in a “special mass for baptism” for a small number of people 
  • Matrimony - basically to be postponed (but may also be celebrated after taking precautionary measures) 
  • Confession - to be celebrated after taking precautionary measures and keeping a distance
  • Anointing of the Sick - to be celebrated after taking sufficient precautionary measures
  • Funerals: to be held after discussing with the bereaved family and taking sufficient precautionary measuresActivities: allowed for small-scale activities, avoiding the Three C’s (Closed spaces, Crowded places, Close-contact setting), keeping it short

STAGE 4: SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC MASS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Holy Mass: no public mass (“non-public” mass may be celebrated), dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday mass for all the faithful of Tokyo Archdiocese
  • Sacraments: Baptism – to be postponed 
  • Matrimony - to be postponed
  • Confession - to be postponed
  • Anointing of the Sick - to be celebrated after taking sufficient precautionary measures
  • Funerals: to be held after discussing with the bereaved family and taking sufficient precautionary measures 
    ※ possible to proceed with cremation first and have the funeral mass at a later date
  • Activities: all activities suspended

Notice

  • As of Sunday, June 21, the Sunday Mass will be “Conditional Public Mass (Stage 3)” for the time being to prevent the new coronavirus infection.
  • After “Stage 3”, the conditions will be eased to “Stage 2”, and after the stage 2, It will be a “public Mass” as usual as before the new coronavirus infection.
  • At the direction of the Archbishop, those who fall under the following will not be able to participate the Mass during “Stage 3.” Please stay at home and make a spiritual communion. 
    ①Those who are not feeling well (for those who have a fever ,etc), and those who have chronic illness (underlying diseases).
    ②Those over the age of 65 with chronic illness (underlying diseases)
     * On the announcement of “Toward Resuming Church Activities” as of June 10, Archbishop Kikuchi is asking for those over the age of 65 to “take the risk of infection into account and make the right judgement for each other.”
    ③Those over the age of 75
  • As this is a condition to maintain a social distancing, only a maximum of 48 people can participate in the Mass at the Main Chapel of Meguro Church. Mass is not held at the small chapel.
  • At Meguro Church, we will ask parishioners (members who belong to the Meguro Church) to register in advance and apply with the designated application system. Please read the following precautions carefully and apply from the application form in the parishioners-only page at the below link.
  • We increased the number of Sunday Mass from Friday to Sunday to 12 times so that as many people as possible could participate in the Mass. We will post as much information as possible about the latest status of application, so please watch the situation and apply to the Mass where not so many applicants are concentrated.
  • Please note that it is not a first-come, first-served basis, so if the number of applicants does not exceed 48 at the time of application but exceeds 48 thereafter,  participants will be decided by the chief priest.

 

Precautions when applying for mass participation

  1. Registration
    1. Only parishioners of Meguro Church will be eligible to participate in the conditional public Sunday Mass at “Stage 3.”  Therefore, those who comes to our Mass in Japanese and other languages should register in advance to confirm the affiliation of Meguro Church. Once you are registered, you can apply for the conditional public Sunday Mass.
    2. Items to be filled in the “Registration Form” are as follows:
      Email address, name, date of birth, phone number, district or activity group
    3. Children under 3 years old do not need to be registered. It is OK to bring them to Mass at the discretion of the guardian.
    4. The form will be checked with the record of parishioners, and “Mass Application ID” will be granted to those who are between the ages of 4 and 75. The notification will be sent to your registered email address from oshirase@catholicmeguro.org. Please make sure that the mail will not be blocked as “spam.” Please use your “Mass Application ID” when applying for conditional public Sunday Mass.
  2. Notes on application for conditional public Sunday Mass
    1. If you wish to participate in Mass, please fill in the following “Application Form” and press the “send” button and apply by the Sunday of the previous week.
    2. If the website shows the updated information on numbers of applicants, please see the data and consider which Mass to apply so that not too many people will be concentrated in one Mass.
    3. You can apply for up to three people per one application
      (For the convenience of adjusting the number of people, we would like you to apply individually as much as possible, Please apply in a group if there are children or anyone who needs to be accompanied with. )
    4. Applications must be made only once per week.
    5. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of each mass, the chief priest will take into account the history of participation and choose participants accordingly.
    6. The results of the application will be sent by email. The notification will be sent to your registered email address from oshirase@catholicmeguro.org. Please make sure that the mail will not be blocked as “spam.” Upon your arrival at the mass, please show a copy of the email or the email on the screen of your smartphone at the entrance.
    7. Please be aware that the application system may be changed depending on situations of the usage and the situation.
  3. Notes for participants
    1. If you are not feeling well or your physical condition is not same as usual on the day of the Mass, please refrain from coming to church and stay home.
    2. You cannot come earlier than 20 minutes before the mass and wait around at the outside or halls of the church.
    3. Please cooperate with the following checkups at the entrance:
      1. Show the email of result notification  in a printed form or on the screen of your smartphone.
      2. Please have your temperature checked with non-contact thermometer.
      3. Please disinfect your hands with alcohol.
    4. Please sit at the designated seat and keep the social distance of 1.5 meters from each other.
    5. Monetary offerings must be placed in a designated donation box before the starting of mass.
    6. No singing during the Mass, only recite.
    7. Please refrain from talking with others at the chapel in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection.
    8. After the Mass is over, please help with alcohol disinfection for the next Mass.
    9. Take all handouts home with you when you leave the chapel.
  4. Notes for the day of the Mass
    1. Anyone who are not approved cannot join in the mass
    2. During the Mass is held, anyone cannot enter the main chapel even for offertory of candles or prayers.
    3. To prevent the outbreak of novel coronavirus infection from our church, please carefully avoid the Three C’s (Closed spaces, Crowded places, Close-contact setting).
    4. Small-scale activities for a short time will be allowed.

Go to Parishioners-Only Page
for Registration and Mass Application