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St. John the Baptist Church


Dear <<First Name>>

I hope this email finds you well. I am delighted to announce that Bishop Barber has permitted us to transition to indoor Mass but with limitations starting later this month. At the moment, all Masses are livestream only and closed to the public as we prepare to set up for the return of you, our beloved parishioners. However, I am glad to announce that we will be ready for indoor services starting Thursday, February 18th, with social distancing and safety protocols required by the State, County, and our Diocese.
 
Unfortunately, our church is not large enough to hold 100 people or 25% percent of our seating capacity at one time in a socially distanced fashion. Luckily, we are blessed to have the school's gymnasium that can!
 
Therefore we will resume indoor Mass in the following capacity. A reminder that we need everyone's help in following all health mandates required by the Diocese, State, and County to prevent our church from having to close its doors to the public again.

 

Daily Morning Mass (Mon to Sat) - 8:00 AM in the Church 

Resumes on Thursday, February 18th

 
Please enter via the side entrance on Kearney St. by Our Lady of Aparecida. Please bring a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Limited pews are available to remain in compliance with health mandates. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in, screened for your temperature below 100.4˚F, and asked to sanitize your hands. All restrooms will be locked. The San Pablo Avenue entrance will remain locked. Scroll down to read the full protocol.
 

 

Sunday Mass - 10:00 AM in the Gym Registration Required

Resumes on Sunday, February 21st

 

Arrive by 9:30 am at the Kearney Street school gate for check-in. Please bring a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. Chairs will be provided. Upon arrival, you will be screened for your temperature below 100.4˚F and asked to sanitize your hands. All restrooms will be locked. To keep the Mass's solemnity, and because of the required screening before admission, we will close the gate 10 minutes after the start of Mass and not admit any person who arrives thereafter. Scroll down to read the full protocol.
 
REGISTRATION UPDATE
 
Eventbrite reservations are made weekly by households as a single person or a family in multiples of two. Please select the option that fits best for your household. Registration links will be published on Thursdays at 3 pm beginning on February 18th.
 
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses continues until further notice. People who are 65 or older, immunocompromised, or in the at-risk category are advised to stay home and watch the livestream. 
 

If you would like to volunteer at these Masses, please contact Andy Gutierrez at andyg@sjtbc.us or Thomas Fleming at pastoralchair@sjtbc.us


May God keep you and your family safe and healthy.

Fr. Thuong Nguyen, Pastor
 

Ash Wednesday

 
Our Ash Wednesday services will be closed to the public by available via our Facebook & Website's livestream page. There will be two Masses with distribution of Ashes immediately following both livestreams for one hour. Our regular 8:00 am Mass and 11:00 am which will be our first school Mass of the year led by the Student Council. 
 
8:00 am: Mass Livestream
11:00 am: School Mass Livestream

Distribution of Ashes will be from 9 am - 10 am & 12 pm - 1 pm in the courtyard.
You can watch the livestreams via our website or Facebook page
To receive reminders about all upcoming livestreams, please follow our page.
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Indoor Weekend Mass Protocol

School Gymnasium

 

The following Mass Protocols will govern our public, Indoor Mass in the middle of this terrible pandemic. They are largely based on rules promulgated by The Diocese of Oakland Protocol for Resuming Public Masses (October 1st Update) (referred to as “Diocese Protocol”), distributed by Bishop Barber, on October 1, 2020, at the recommendation of the Diocesan Office of Worship, with the assistance of the Pastor’s Task Force.

  • You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to Mass at the Kearney Street school gate. Each person will be directed to their assigned spot.
  • At 15 minutes before Mass, waitlisted and non-registered people will be screened and admitted.
  • In order to retain your seat, attendees must check-in at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the Mass.
  • Chairs will be provided in designated spots that are 6 feet apart between households.
  • To keep the solemnity of the Mass, and because of the required screening before admission, we will close the gate 10 minutes after the start of Mass and not admit any person who arrives thereafter.
  • You will have your temperature checked. Only those with a temperature below 100.4˚ F will be admitted.
  • You must sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • You must wear a face mask (if 3 years and older) and cover your mouth and nose at ALL times, except when receiving holy communion.
  • You must keep a social distance (at least 6 feet away from others).
  • No public restrooms are available.
  • Exchange the Sign of Peace with only those in your household.
  • The Precious Blood will not be offered.
  • Refrain from congregating before and after Mass.
  • You must remain in your seat until the conclusion of the Mass, except when going to receive Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at its normal time within the Mass.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses continues until further notice.

Screening Questions

Per the Diocese Protocol, you are advised to stay home if your answer is yes to any of the following questions (where you can watch the livestream on the parish website or Facebook page):

  1. Are you 65 years or older, or have any underlying health condition?
  2. Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?* Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  3. Have you been in close contact or cared for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  4. Have you traveled to, reside, or work in areas with disproportionately higher COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days?
  5. Have you been exposed to a person suspected of having Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
  6. Have you been directed to be under quarantine by any public health agency or Primary Care Provider in the past 14 days?

Each person MUST be pre-registered, including children. This is to comply with the 100 person-maximum rule. To prevent from turning people away please register as we cannot guarantee a spot without a ticket.

Indoor Daily Mass Protocol


The following Mass Protocols will govern our public, Indoor Mass in the middle of this terrible pandemic. They are largely based on rules promulgated by The Diocese of Oakland Protocol for Resuming Public Masses (October 1st Update) (referred to as “Diocese Protocol”), distributed by Bishop Barber, on October 1, 2020, at the recommendation of the Diocesan Office of Worship, with the assistance of the Pastor’s Task Force.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to Mass via the Kearney St. entrance by the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. Each person will be directed to their assigned spot.

  • Pews have designated spots that are 6 feet apart between households.
  • You will have your temperature checked. Only those with a temperature below 100.4˚ F will be admitted.
  • You must sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • You must wear a face mask (if 3 years and older) and cover your mouth and nose at ALL times, except when receiving holy communion.
  • You must keep a social distance (at least 6 feet away from others).
  • No public restrooms are available.
  • Exchange the Sign of Peace with only those in your household.
  • The Precious Blood will not be offered.
  • Refrain from congregating before and after Mass.
  • You must remain in your seat until the conclusion of the Mass, except when going to receive Holy Communion.
  • Holy Communion will be distributed at its normal time within the Mass.
  • San Pablo Entrance will be closed at all times.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Masses continues until further notice.

Screening Questions

Per the Diocese Protocol, you are advised to stay home if your answer is yes to any of the following questions (where you can watch the livestream on the parish website or Facebook page):

  1. Are you 65 years or older, or have any underlying health condition?
  2. Have you experienced any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?* Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  3. Have you been in close contact or cared for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  4. Have you traveled to, reside, or work in areas with disproportionately higher COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days?
  5. Have you been exposed to a person suspected of having Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
  6. Have you been directed to be under quarantine by any public health agency or Primary Care Provider in the past 14 days?
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