Church prepares to have Sunday Mass outside during COVID-19 pandemic

Church prepares to have Sunday Mass outside during COVID-19 pandemic
Posted at 10:46 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 11:11:21-04

Church congregations across the state are preparing to meet in person Sunday for the first time in more than a month.

Under Governor Edwards new guidance, state churches can hold services as long as they're outdoors.

One Broussard church plans on spreading the word of God while following these guidelines.

Church members will be able to worship together for the first time since the stay-at-home order was issues, but this time with a lot more social distancing.

Preparations underway, for a Mass that will look a little different for parishioners at "Sacred Heart of Jesus".

St. Julien Park is being transformed into their new place of worship.

"We picked the largest most crowd-friendly site possible. Which gives us some much access to a large piece of green space to where we can section off our sitting capacity where our families will be able to sit at a safe distance to practice social distancing and feel free and comfortable and safe to worship," said Pastor Michael Delcambre.

To take extra precaution, they're asking parishioners to wear masks and service members will make sure families maintain six feet of distance from others who are attending.

"Each family will have their own space their own section to where each family can be safe and secure that no one will enter their section. We really won't be moving around a whole lot it'll be a stationary experience," said Delcambre.

Communion will also look different for parishioners.

"Because we have social distancing we'll come to you. Your family won't really have to move or be in the way of other families so it'll be a safe enjoyable experience," said Delcambre.

While Mass can't be held inside their church for now, parishioners can still gather and get the same word of God, only in a safer way.

"We've been kind of restricted here for quite some time and it's been a blessing to have a level of freedom to worship God kind of in the open air," said Delcambre.

Church services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday.