Mass is Back - Weekend of May 16 2020

With grateful hearts, we invite you to be physically present again at the Holy Mass.

What a time of rejoicing!

We ask for heroic patience and generous charity in this process of allowing a limited number of people to attend Mass. There will indeed be kinks and stumbling blocks as we get accustomed, but what a joy this is to have the chance to attend Mass again! Below you will find the instructions for signing up, safety guidelines, and what to expect when you arrive.

Friends, we will be limited to 100 people for each Mass. Now the last thing we want to do is have 1000 people show up for Mass and have to turn 900 people away. So – the special thing we have to do is “make a reservation”, that is, sign up for which Mass we are going to attend!

Instructions for Signing Up

When Can I Sign-Up? Starting Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 5pm

Where do I sign up?  Visit our website or call the parish office, which will be open this Saturday from 9am to 5 pm to receive your reservations.

How Do I Sign-Up my Entire Family? You will be able to see how many slots are available. Please choose a Mass with enough slots for each person in your family. We are only allowed 100 people at each Mass. You need to sign-up every member of your family in their own slot. Meaning, if mom, dad, and 3 kids are coming, you need to fill in 5 slots with each of their names. You can use the same parent e-mail/phone for the kids.

At What Times Are the Masses? 
We will be returning to our normal Sunday and weekday Mass schedule, with one big exception. We are moving the 12:30 pm Sunday Mass to 1 pm, so that we have time to clean the church after the 11 am Mass.

How Many Masses Can I Sign-Up For? We are currently asking that you only sign up for 1 mass for the month of May.  Your generosity will help more people to be able to attend mass

Is the Sunday Mass Obligation In Effect Now? No. If you do not feel comfortable attending a public Mass, please know there is still no obligation to attend Mass.  We will be streaming Mass and Holy Hour daily, as we have been doing.

I am 60+ or at a high-risk. Is it safe to come? Persons over 60 and with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk and we encourage you to remain at home. Dispensation from Sunday obligation remains for all. We’ll see you in church at a safer time.

I have a child under the Age of 3.  Is it safe to bring them?
  It is highly recommended NOT to bring children less than 3 years old.
What if my Normal Mass Time is not available or No Sunday Mass is open??
 This is an opportunity for all of us to be flexible and charitable!
Simply attending a Mass, whatever day and at whatever time, is an incredible gift! To receive Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time in 8 weeks. Blessed be God!


Out of gratitude and charity, we present these guidelines and ask you to kindly follow them. For some, they may appear to be too strict and others might find them too relaxed. Yet, we believe these prudent guidelines will allow us to reverently celebrate Mass while also being cautious and respectful. We hope you find the guidelines agreeable and that you will make time for the opportunity of attending the Mass, in a very intimate setting, once again.
  • If you have displayed any symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, fever, etc. in the past two weeks, please refrain from attending
  • Per state guidelines, we ask that you come wearing a facial mask (all adults and children over the age of 3). Parents are highly recommended NOT to bring children less than 3 years old. Persons without mask will be turned away until they can obtain one.
  • Seating will be assigned. Many rows will be blocked off, and an usher will be there to direct you to your seat. You will be able to sit with your family but spaced at least 8 ft. from others
  • Stand 6 ft apart in line to receive Communion
  • Per the request of the Archdiocese, Communion will only be distributed on the hand
  • lease refrain from unnecessarily touching surfaces in the Church
  • Please feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer or wipes.
  • All pews and bathrooms will be cleaned after each Mass (and hand sanitizer will be provided for your use)
  • These guidelines are for the safety of lives and health for you and your neighbors. Continued opening depends on everyone’s cooperation.


  • Reserve your space and each individual of your family before coming to the church
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early for Mass
  • Enter through the middle doors of the church (it will be propped open before Mass to prevent the spread of germs on the handle)
  • An usher will greet you at this door, check you in, and show you to your seat
  • No holy water
  • No sign of peace
  • No hymnals or singing
  • Donations can be dropped in the boxes at the entrance of the church or you can donate online.
  • The Cryroom will be closed
  • Freshly sanitized surfaces in the bathrooms and pews after each Mass.
  • We will ask you to respectfully dismiss after Communion so that we continue to observe social distancing regulations
  • Must wear mask during the mass
Registration for Mass is now available on our website or you can call the parish office 892-1511

Jesus has been longing for YOU! He will greet you with incredible excitement when you come to meet Him at Mass! 


Hilda Baca - May 16th, 2020 at 11:31am

Thank you St. Thomas Aquinas for your leadership throughout this difficult time. I have received several compliments from other people who attend other churches on how organized St. Thomas Aquinas is. ❤️

Barbara R. Best - May 23rd, 2020 at 10:09pm

I am so impressed with the website communicating updates on the masses and the current situation & regulations,etc., as well as the spiritual guidance and devotion to the Faith thanks to our dear, devoted Pastor, Msgr. Raun. Even though I now live in Californiaaye & am unable to attend Mass at St. Thomas,be assured that you will always be with me in my thoughts and prayers.