The Diocese of Lafayette has developed a thorough, phased Return to Worship plan in response to the COVID outbreak. Given St. Tom’s connection and proximity to Purdue University, our parish is following COVID safety protocols established by both the Diocese and the University.   

Our plan reflects a commitment to the health and safety of our staff and worshipers and is inclusive of the recommendations from our state and federal government (the Center for Disease Control – CDC), the Diocese of Lafayette, and our own St. Tom’s Return to Worship Planning Committee.

The information below summarizes COVID-19 protocol changes at St. Tom’s, effective May 29, 2021

  • Congregational singing has resumed, and hymnals are in the pews.
  • The wearing of masks is now optional.
  • An area of the Church designated for people who are vulnerable and/or those who prefer to sit somewhat apart from each other is available.
  • Continue to sit at least 3-feet from other individuals or groups that you do not live with.
  • The sign of peace has been restored but without physical contact (ex: a bow of the head or a wave to others).
  • Hand sanitizer will be used by the clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.

In-Person Mass (effective May 29, 2021)

During Mass

For the safety of others and yourself, maintain a three-foot physical distance between parties.

Communion during Mass

  • As you approach to receive the host, please utilize the dispenser of hand sanitizer.
  • Communion will continue to be received in the hand only.
  • After receiving Communion, attendees should return to their seats for Mass announcements, final blessing, and the recessional hymn. 

After Mass

Once Mass is complete, attendees may exit the Church through all available exits being careful in maintaining a three-foot distance between parties.

Reconciliation

Confessions are being heard again in the permanent confessional, effective May 29, 2021.

Schedule

Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

* St. Tom’s Return to Worship Plan is subject to change based on any new public directives by governmental authorities, Purdue University, and/or the Diocese of Lafayette.

Chapel and Eucharistic Adoration

The chapel has reopened, effective May 29, 2021. Two people are permitted in the chapel at a time. The door should be kept open, and the fan should remain on to promote air circulation.

Worship

Summer Mass Schedule (effective Saturday, May 8).

  • In-Person Daily Mass, Monday to Saturday at 11:30 a.m. 
  • In-Person Saturday Vigil, 5:30 p.m. 
  • In-Person Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.*, 11:00 a.m.

*In-person and live-streamed.

Worship Resources

Important

If you have tested positive with COVID-19, are not feeling well, or have any flu-like symptoms, especially fever do NOT attend Mass or enter the facility.

Dispensation for all parishioners from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will end June 12. Dispensation will continue for the vulnerable, and Livestream will continue to be offered for them at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays. 

Below are some guidelines for using the dispensation to not attend Mass:

  • You cannot attend Mass through no fault of your own (e.g., no Mass is offered, you are infirmed, or, while wanting to go, you are prevented for some reason you cannot control {e.g., your ride did not show up, the church was at capacity}).
  • You are seriously ill, or if not seriously ill, your health condition will be compromised if you were to contract a communicable illness (i.e., you have underlying conditions or are in a high- risk category) for as long as this endures.
  • You have good reason to think you might be asymptomatic of contagious illness (e.g., you were in recent contact with one who contracted a contagion).
  • You exhibit flu-like symptoms.
  • You are overcome by anxiety and fear of becoming ill by being at Mass, such that you will not be able to participate in the Mass in a full and active manner; you should speak with your pastor about this anxiety.
  • You care for the sick, homebound, or infirmed.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have been in the St. Tom’s facilities within the 14-day period of possible transmission, please contact the Office (765) 743-4652. The church is responsible for reporting to the local Board of Health if we have five or more cases at any given time. Also, if you are a Purdue faculty, staff, or student, please report to the Protect Purdue Health Center.

The CDC offers ongoing safety information for the COVID-19 vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. If you are unsure about attendance in public spaces, please consult the CDC website.

Building Hours

  • Effective Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, St. Tom’s returned to 24/7 building acesss. Please sign in at the desk in the Gather Space for contact tracing.

Other COVID-19 Resources

Diocese of Lafayette COVID-19 Updates 

CDC Resources to Protect Yourself and Your Family: