Dear Engaged Couple,
St. Thomas Parish offers you our sincerest best wishes. To celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony for our engaged couples is among our most joyful responsibilities.
The COVID-19 crisis prevents us from doing so in as open and free a manner as we have done in the past. The only reason for this is to keep you as safe as possible when you come to our church for your wedding. If we are unable to meet certain high expectations, we regret that as much as you do.
The following precautions apply:
1) Respect the way our church has been organized for social distancing. Some pews are arranged for individuals or couples who come from the same household. Others can accommodate larger groups also from the same household.
2) Only every third pew is open to provide for social distancing. Please do not open up closed off pews on your own. Our sacristan will be on duty to assist you. Please let him make any rearrangements you think necessary.
3) Please limit the number of people participating as much as possible. Though a large building, with social distancing restrictions our church can safely fit about 80.
4) Printed booklets may not be brought into church and handed out.
5) Readings will be done by a parish minister to limit the number of persons in the sanctuary.
6) Please enter only by the front door where there are sanitizing stations to be used on entering.
7) Masks covering mouth and nose are to be worn at all times except for children under 2 years of age.
8) The engaged couple is responsible to make sure that no one in attendance is sick, showing symptoms of an illness or has a temperature.
9) If Holy Communion is distributed, it will be done after the service. How distribution will take place will be explained at each service.
10) Ushers and bridesmaids should be limited to no more than can be safely distanced from one another both in the church and vestibule.
11) In the sanctuary, the best man and maid of honor's seats will be placed near the lectern and pulpit respectively to allow some distance between them and you.
12) Bathrooms are not currently available except in extreme emergency situations.
13) The elevator is available for one person at a time or several people from the same household. Please use the sanitizer before using the command buttons.
14) Please remember to remove any items such as flowers you have brought into the church.
Once again, we regret these restrictions/precautions and if the situation allows them to be modified or removed, we will inform you right away.
With prayers and best wishes, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ.
Msgr. Frank Maniscalco
(Rev. Msgr.) Francis J. Maniscalco