Pandemic Service Volunteers
Because of all the changes that have needed to be put into place, there are new volunteer opportunities. The jobs are not difficult and you generally don't have to be Catholic or have special skills. Please consider volunteering for one of these jobs.
If you would like to volunteer, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org (Mary Cleary) or call the office and leave a message.
Working the Sanitizer station
We need to offer hand sanitizer to parishioners when they enter and before Communion. To reduce hand to hand contact of multiple people using the same sanitizer bottle, we have someone who will dispense sanitizer into the hands of parishioners as they go by.
If you have volunteered to work helping people use the hand sanitizer, here is what you need to do:
1. Arrive by 4:00 PM or 9:00 AM (depending on which Mass you are serving)
2. You will need to help volunteers sanitize as well.
3. You will stand at one of 2 tables in the Narthex. On the table will be a basket for the Offertory collection and your sanitizer. If the check in folks are not there yet, there may be a clipboard with the list of parishioner contact information.
4. When someone has come through the door (had their temperature and contact information taken), dispense some sanitizer in their hands before they enter the Sanctuary.
5. At Communion-please move to the side you will be serving and you may stand in the front pew that is roped off to be out of the way and be able to keep as distant as possible. Just lift the orange tape off one side.
6. When someone comes for Communion, dispense some sanitizer in their hands before they approach Fr. Lewis or other minister.
7. Once everyone on your side has received Communion, use the sanitizer yourself and receive Communion.
8. The cleanup group will move the sanitizer back to the table in the Narthex.
Disinfecting the Sanctuary
Cleaning and Disinfecting for Covid 19
Best practices is to wear gloves and safety glasses.
If you need it, there are paper “rags” in the sanctuary (large box-pull one from the top)
1. Clean dirt or marks off surfaces first, then use disinfectant. (Cleaning reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.)
2. Spray to wet the surface to be disinfected. Surfaces must remain wet for 1 minute to eliminate viruses*, 2 minutes to eliminate bacteria, 3 minutes to eliminate fungi and M.bovis BCG (TB), and to disinfect Norovirus, let stand for 4 minutes.
3. For fabric or other soft surfaces, spray lightly and let air dry. If stained, spray to wet and blot to remove stain.
4. Allow to air dry. (If desired, wipe dry. This is not required) No rinse required, even on food contact surfaces.
1. Tables and chairs
2. High touch surfaces which include: doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, etc.
3. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
To clean the Sanctuary after Mass
1. After you receive Communion, please go to the Sacristy through the Narthex.
2. There is a spray bottle for each person, non-latex gloves, and some paper “rags”
3. Please try not to talk too loudly as the live stream will be continuing.
4. Wait for the final prayer and blessing, and for Father to process out. If the Mass is being live streamed you will need to wait for the “all clear” to make noise and move around in the sanctuary.
5. Ideally there are 4 cleaners. Each person should take a section with discussion over who will disinfect side pews. Do not worry about the choir area.
6. Disinfect the pews where people have sat, as well as the backs of the pews that are roped off (the backs are often used to grab for sitting and standing)
7. Disinfect the kneeler tops by spraying lightly (do not soak as it will not dry), then put the kneelers up and spray the underside of the kneelers as well.
8. Once the pews have been finished, the door handles of the doors to the sanctuary and the narthex need to be done.
9. Someone can (VERY) lightly spray the ambo and lectern.
10. When everyone is done, return bottles to the Sacristy and wash your hands.
We also need Ushers and Safety Committee member help. These jobs require a bit more training. If you are interested in serving please contact Mary Cleary (email@example.com) and she will forward your information on to the correct person.