Returning to Mass – What you need to know

The Archdiocese of Dubuque is permitting public Masses to begin May 30-31, the Feast of Pentecost. Fr. Phil, along with the liturgical staff, has determined that it is best to ease back into public Mass. After this long period of forced slumber or sleep from public Mass, we need time to establish and understand proper procedures and to gather and train ministers to serve you safely. We want to get you accustomed to a few changes, before we return to our full schedule of Masses. The celebration of the liturgy will look and feel differently. Please know that these changes are because we take your physical health and spiritual well-being very seriously.

Here is the Mass schedule for the next few weeks:

  • May 30/31: 4 PM, 9 AM
  • June 6/7: 6 PM, 7 AM and 11 AM
  • June 13/14: 4 PM, 9 AM
  • June 20/21: Full Schedule begins –– Saturday 4 & 6 PM, and Sunday 7, 9 & 11 AM
  • Confessions will be heard prior to the 4 PM and 6 PM Masses in the Bride’s Room.

Our maximum seating in the church is approximately 300 people. Therefore, we would ask that those parishioners who typically attend one particular Mass to come on that particular weekend. ( i.e. if you regularly go to 4 PM, you could come on May 30. If you regularly attend 6 PM Mass, you could come on June 6).

Also, you may want to consider attending daily Mass instead of a weekend Mass.
– 7 AM Daily Mass will resume on June 1.
– Eucharistic Adoration resume on June 2 and every Tuesday following daily Mass until noon.

For those of your returning to Mass, please check out the video links below to help you prepare for your return to Resurrection Church:
Welcome Back to Resurrection
Receiving Communion

PLEASE REMEMBER: until further notice, you are dispensed from the obligation to celebrate Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation.

Please stay safe at home and do not come to Mass if you…
* Consider yourself to be sick, or if you have an underlying medical condition
* Are frail due to advanced age
* Are concerned about contracting COVID-19
* Live with and/or care for someone sick, elderly, at risk, or with COVID-19
* Work at or regularly visit hospitals and/or care facilities

We will continue to record Sunday Mass for our parishioners to pray with at home. The Mass can be viewed by visiting:

Worship aids for the recorded Mass at home are on our parish communications web page at:


  1. Wear a mask.
  2. Doors to church will open 30 minutes prior to Mass. (this will allow for time to sanitize between
  3. When entering the church, greeters will welcome you at all entrances, keeping doors propped
    open so that no one has need to touch doors, handles, etc.
  4. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrances to the church. Please use it when entering
    and exiting the church.
  5. Pews will be sectioned off, every other pew, which will allow for those members from different
    households to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from each other.
  6. We will not pass the collection basket. Rather we will have baskets on the stands at the back
    of the church for you to put your weekly offering/envelope in as you enter church.
  7. Those not from the same household will refrain from personal contact during the Greeting, the
    Lord’s Prayer and the Sign of Peace.
  8. All hymnals, pencils and envelopes will be emptied from the pews. We will use a projector to
    aid the congregation in participating in prayers and hymns.
  9. We will keep all processions to a minimum.
  10. Communion will be in the form of the Sacred Host only. It will be distributed on an open hand,
    seeking to avoid hand-to-hand contact. Communion will not be distributed on the tongue.
  11. Communion and Dismissal will be done one section at a time to allow for social distancing.
  12. Because of the need for social distancing, we can not congregate after the Mass. Priest and
    Deacon will be stationed outside the church to wave at parishioners as they leave church.


  • Bring and wear a mask.
  • There will be sanitizing of the church after each Mass in addition to the regular cleaning of the church throughout the week. We will sanitize the church pews, doors, restrooms and all commonly touched surfaces.
  • Restrooms will be open but drinking fountains will be shut off.
  • Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, keep 6 feet apart, cough into your elbow, and wear a mask.

We look forward to joining together in church with our Resurrection family again!