09/16/20 Parish Update

1. Orange County has moved from purple to red on the state’s COVID-19 tier ranking, allowing for limited indoor worship.  However the Diocese of Orange will continue to celebrate Sunday Mass (and vigil Masses) outside to accommodate the larger crowds.  Weekday Masses may be celebrated indoors with 100 people or less, or 25 percent of capacity.  Based on our attendance, STM weekday Masses will be held outdoors.  Baptisms, weddings and funeral Masses may be held indoors with 100 people or less attending.  In-person gatherings of prayer groups, bible studies, Ministry meetings, etc. are not presently allowed.  

2.  Dispensation from attending Sunday Mass has been revised – If you fall into one or more of these categories, you are not obligated but always welcome to attend Mass in person:

  •  If you are over 65

  •  If you have an underlying health condition

  •  If you think you are sick, especially if you think you may have COVID-19 

  •  If you are truly afraid of catching the virus

3.  The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for private, individual prayer Mon-Fri from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Please remember to keep a six foot physical distance, sanitize upon entrance/exit and please wear a face covering.

Please know that we have all possible safety measures in place and look forward to seeing you all back at St. Thomas More. Please check out the bulletin and our news page on the website at www.stmirvine.org for the most current information.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the priests if you might have any questions or concerns.  

Keeping you all in prayer during these challenging times.  God bless.

06/06/2020 Update

We are excited to welcome, Faith family!
Public Mass begins, June 8th.

As we enter into our Phase 1 of reopening the Church, please follow the guidelines outlined below to ensure the safety of all those attending in-person, our priests, and volunteers.  Other than the  Mass schedule listed on the Home & Parish News pages, the church will remain CLOSED.  The parish offices will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice.

Livestream Masses, on Facebook, will continue to be offered for those not ready to return.   Streamed Mass times are the same as the public Mass schedule listed on the Home & Parish News pages.

***In-person Masses are limited to 100 people in the church.  Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to ensure everyone is seated prior to the start of Mass.  You may stand on the patio or grass and view Mass on the outside screen.  Please socially distance responsibly if you choose this option.

In-person Mass guidelines:

– Please bring a mask to wear during Mass.

– Please sanitize your hands before entering the church.

– Please wait to be seated by an usher.

– Please socially distance at all times.

Those who are sick or have underlying health conditions, as well as those who are caring for someone who is sick, are encouraged to stay home.

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Please be patient with us as these procedures are new to us too!  We have been working diligently to provide you with the cleanest, safest environment upon your return.

We can’t wait to see you!

Reopening of the Church for Public Masses – Updated 05/23/20

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange has given permission for public Masses to resume at the Feast of Corpus Christi – weekend of June 13 & 14 (click for full News Release).  We are very excited to be able to worship in person again.

St. Thomas More’s opening for Masses will come in phases.  We will publicize our timeline for resuming Masses on our social media and website.  We ask for your cooperation and patience as we work to welcome you back.

The current schedule of our Livestream Masses will remain the same until that date, at which time a new schedule will be posted. 

Update on Reopening the Church – 05/22/20

We are grateful that President Trump has declared houses of worship as essential and is asking for the governors to allow churches to open.  We understand and share with everyone’s desire to once again attend and participate in Mass in person.

However, we must be prudent in our actions.  Under the direction of Bishop Vann, all parishes in the Diocese of Orange have been working on plans to reopen our churches.  These plans include complying with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control as well as directives from the Orange County Department of Health.

The health and safety of all who attend St. Thomas More is of the utmost importance.  We will not be opening the church until it is safe to do so and are given permission by Bishop Vann.

We long for the day when we can all worship together again safely.  Please check our social media often as we will post updates as soon as we receive them.

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