• We will be offering MASS IN PERSON, beginning Monday, May 18th at 8 am. We are only permitted to be at 25% capacity.
• PLEASE STAY HOME – IF you are vulnerable due to age, compromised immune system, health conditions, anxious about being in the situation or just not feeling well. The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass is still in effect until June 28th. We will continue to live stream the Mass at 8 am 7 days a week.
• MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Please, bring your own and hand sanitizer as well.
• MAINTAIN 6 FEET BETWEEN FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS in the pews as well as when in line for communion and exiting the church.
• COMMUNION WILL ONLY BE GIVEN IN THE HAND so please make a throne with your hands cupped to receive our Lord and maintain distance from the minister.
• BEGINNING MAY 23RD, Confession will be on Saturdays from 4 pm to 5 pm OUTSIDE THE PARISH OFFICE doors, please wait in your car for your turn.
• There will be A BASKET AT EACH ENTRANCE to drop your offertory into upon arrival to the weekend Masses.
May 12, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we rejoice in our Easter Faith, my prayer is that the new life we have in Christ will bring you and your family hope and comfort. The Coronavirus has brought numerous challenges. Our common efforts to mitigate the disease have asked us to sacrifice and adjust to new realities for the good of all. United in Christ, we continue to face the present difficulties with courage and compassion. So many have persevered in faith and charity and our Parishes have remained beacons of God’s love and grace. For this, I am profoundly grateful to God and to the Priests and Faithful of the Diocese of Venice.
After much prayer and discernment, and having consulted with the priests on the Presbyteral Council, it has been determined that public celebration of the Mass in the Diocese of Venice can resume. Therefore, I am announcing that the celebration of Holy Mass with a congregation present, will begin on May 18, 2020 and moving forward. All other non-liturgical activities at Parishes remain suspended until it is determined that these activities can safely resume; thank you for your understanding on this point.
Out of concern for the safety of all involved, our Pastors have been asked to follow established directives and guidelines. These limit the size of the congregation to 25% of occupancy, maintain social distancing guidance, and ask the Faithful’s cooperation to wear facemasks and bring with them hand sanitizer for their use. The Faithful are also asked to receive communion in the hand. These are extraordinary times and I ask for your patience and good will as Parishes reopen for public celebrations. Further, schedules may need to be adjusted and some Priests or liturgical ministers may not be able to participate publicly because of age or health conditions.
As Parish churches reopen for Mass, I remind those who are at greater risk or anxious about returning at this time, that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect until June 28, 2020. Parishes have been asked to continue livestreaming until the dispensation is lifted. The Faithful ought not to worry about remaining home if they are concerned for their wellbeing or that of other parishioners. Of course, those who are sick or have symptoms associated with COVID-19 are to stay home.
The Faithful of the Diocese of Venice have remained resolute in their faith during these unprecedented times, vibrantly expressing their Spiritual Communion with Christ and His Church. Still, I am aware that there is a hunger for the Eucharist. My prayerful hope is that, strengthened by the Bread come down from Heaven, you will emerge from these times with stronger faith. As we return to Holy Mass, let us with the psalmist, raise our voices in praise of God: I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of the Diocese of
Venice in Florida
San Marco Church will open on Monday, May 11th for individual prayer and reflection 7 days a week from 10am -2pm.
Access will be through the FRONT doors of the church. Exit through the east and west side nave doors. Handicap individuals may exit through the east & west side doors (wooden) near the main entrance of the church where there is access to the handicap ramps.
Areas of the Church have been cordoned off to allow for social distancing. Please sit in the designated areas only.
When you come, we ask that you abide by the following requirements:
• All visitors MUST WEAR A MASK at all times. You must provide your own.
• Sanitize hands (hands or gloves) at the entrance of the church before sitting.
• Abide by the directions of the assigned monitor.
• Restrooms will not be accessible at this time.
• Please pray quietly, no public recitation of prayers as not to disturb others.
• Couples and families who live together may be seated together.
• We ask you to stay home for everyone’s safety if you are feeling ill for any reason.
Beware that phishing is on the rise during this very sensitive time and you shouldn’t login to strange links or buy gift cards to send via email or text.
Food Donations should be taken directly to: Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, 1450 Winterberry Dr Annex building, Marco Island, FL 34145
If you need food – https://ourdailybreadfoodpantry.com/ for hours and mobile pantry
Clothing Donations can be taken to the Recycle center on Marco, 990 Chalmer Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145 They have a bin to accept clothing. https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-s-z/solid-hazardous-waste-management/facilities/marco-island-recycling-drop-off-center
Monetary Donations to the church can be done online here (go to the Home page) or by check mailed to the church office, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island, FL 34145
If you need help with rent or utilities call St. Vincent DePaul office at 239-384-9759
Monetary Donations to St. Vincent DePaul can be mailed to the church with the check made out to St. Vincent DePaul
The office is open 9am to noon and 1pm to 4 pm. 239-394-5181
We Live Stream Mass daily at 8 am – just click here Watch Mass. If you are watching after 9 am, click the link and then go to videos.
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IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ANYTHING, EVEN JUST TO TALK TO A FELLOW PARISHIONER, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL THE OFFICE. 239-394-5181