June 19, 2020

As Washington, D.C. enters into phase 2, the CIC will resume public Masses Monday through Friday starting June 23. Reservations for attending Mass will be taken through an online SignUpGenius form. 

Our chapel hours are 11:30AM ET to 1:30PM ET for pre-registered Mass attendees. The bookstore will remain closed until Wednesday, July 1.

We will continue to livestream Mass daily at 12:00PM ET on our website.

Please review the below guidelines, which prioritize the health and safety of our guests and staff while ensuring we are able to offer in-person sacraments again. Our plan incorporates regulations required by the Archdiocese of Washington and the DC Mayor’s Office.

Any updates to our guidelines will be posted on our website and social media pages. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at director@cicdc.org or (202)783-2062.

CIC PHASE TWO GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING MASS & CONFESSION

SOCIAL DISTANCE

  • Please maintain a social distance of 6 feet the best you can while in the CIC.

MASKS

  • You must bring your own mask to the CIC.
  • Masks must be worn at all times except when receiving Communion. 

SANITATION

  • We ask that you disinfect your hands as you enter the CIC. Hand sanitizer is provided.
  • Mass chairs are disinfected everyday after Mass attendees leave.

RESTROOMS

  • Restrooms are not available to the public at this time.

MASS

  • You can sign-up for Mass here or through our website.
  • Those pre-registered for Mass can arrive for Mass no earlier than 11:30AM ET.
  • Your mask must be worn at all times except when you are receiving Communion.
  • Chairs are positioned 6 feet away from one another, covered in vinyl, and disinfected after a person has used it. 

Seating System

  1. Mass attendees can sit in any chair marked with a yellow number on the back-support. 
  2. The covered chair in front of you is your kneeler. 
  3. Do not sit in any chairs marked or covered with orange ribbon.
  4. Chairs are disinfected after Mass attendees leave.

Livestreaming and Privacy

  1. You will not be filmed during Mass.
  2. Our camera equipment and wires are throughout the chapel, so please watch your step.

Communion System

Please consider receiving in the hand during this time. (The Archdiocese requires that the priest sanitize his hands each time a communicant receives on the tongue or if he accidentally touches someone’s hand.)

  1. Look to the CIC staff person assigned as an usher.
  2. The right side of the chapel (chairs 1-9) will go first followed by the left side of the chapel (chairs 10-16).
  3. Once our priest is in place and wearing his mask for the Communion line, the usher will point you to the yellow-taped line (A) that is 6 feet away from him.
  4. Once you are behind this yellow line (A), the priest will lift the Eucharist and say, “The Body of Christ.” Respond “Amen” here.
  5. Then you may move forward to the yellow line (B) to receive the Eucharist in your hand (while keeping your mask on).
  6. Move to yellow line (C). If you are seated on the right, move right. If you are seated on the left, move to your left.
  7. At (C), remove your mask to consume the Eucharist.
  8. Return to your seat.
  9. If you can’t receive Communion, let a staff person know in advance to help seat you.
  10. The Arlington Diocese made a how-to video on receiving the Eucharist and mask removal. Watch this video here (it will start at 1:20).

CONFESSIONS

  • Confessions are available to Mass attendees only after Mass. If you are unable to attend Mass but want Confession, please contact us at director@cicdc.org or (202)783-2062.
  • The Confession line will be clearly marked on the floor near our confessionals.
  • You must wear your mask at all times during Confession.
  • Please use the provided disinfectant in the confessional before and after you begin Confession.

DONATIONS

  • Collection baskets are not permitted to be passed around. If you would like to support the CIC’s work, please visit our website.