Frequently Asked Questions


When Will St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Reopen Its Doors?

Thank you for your prayers and for your patience during our closure. We will provide more information regarding baptisms, weddings, ministries and other pertinent information in the near future. At the moment, we are only able to provide the community with the following:

Sunday Mass:

We will reopen for weekend Mass beginning June 13 and 14, but there are restrictions that we must abide by in order to comply with the guidelines set by the proper authorities. The Mass schedule is as follows:

    • Saturday, 4:30PM: For seniors and adults with health concerns. NO CHILDREN.
    • Sunday, 7:30AM: For all adults. NO CHILDREN.
    • Sunday, 10:00AM: For families.

We are only permitted to have 100 people in the church during each Mass. Beginning June 8th, we will have the staff answering the telephone to take reservations. In order to reserve a seat, you will need to speak personally with a member of the office staff. We will NOT accept reservations by email or by phone messages.  To reserve a seat please do as follows:

    1. Call the parish office Monday through Thursday between 8:00AM-4:00PM and Friday between 8:00AM – 12:00PM.
    2. Indicate your name and the number of seats needed.

On the day you attend Mass, please do as follows:

    1. Arrive 30 minutes early to Mass.
    2. Bring a face mask. A face mask is REQUIRED for anyone who is 12 years of age and older.
    3. Bring hand sanitizer with you, if possible.
    4. Observe social distancing at all times.

We kindly ask that you DO NOT make reservations for friends. If we cannot accommodate you one weekend, we will accommodate you for the next available weekend.

LIVE stream of the Mass:

    • We will continue to live stream the Sunday Mass at 10:00AM.

Confessions:

    • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. (July 2nd/16th, August 6th/20th)
    • Time: 5:00PM – 6:30PM   
    • If necessary, call the parish office Monday through Thursday between 8:00AM-4:00PM and Friday between 8:00AM – 12:00PM to make an appointment          (661) 587-3626.

Visits to the chapel for private prayer:

    • The chapel is open Monday – Thursday between 8:00AM and 4:00PM.
    • Eucharistic Adoration is available Wednesdays from 7:30AM – 12:30PM.
    • A face mask is REQUIRED for anyone who is 12 years of age and older.
    • Only 10 people are permitted in the chapel at one time.
    • You are welcome to stay for 30 minutes.
    • Observe social distancing at all times.

Daily Mass:

    • Beginning June 15th.
    • Monday – Friday at 7:00AM.
    • Only 100 people are permitted to attend.
    • A face mask is REQUIRED for anyone who is 12 years of age and older.
    • If possible, bring hand sanitizer.
    • Observe social distancing at all times.

If I can’t attend Mass on Sunday, am I committing a sin?

No, under the circumstances, the bishop has granted a general dispensation to the faithful so that they are not guilty of any sin for not attending Mass in this time of the health crisis. You should follow the Masses and other devotions that are being posted online.

Am I able to spend some time walking around the Church (near the outdoor cross) to pray?

Yes, you are free to spend time in the outdoor areas of the Church. Just be certain to avoid other people. Group gatherings are not allowed.

What if I need the Anointing of the Sick?

In the same way, if there is a serious need to receive this sacrament (preparing for surgery or critical illness), you can call the parish office and arrangements will be made. In some cases, priests are allowed into hospitals in cases of emergencies.

What if I had something scheduled in the Church like a wedding, baptism or quinceañera?

It would be best to call the parish to see if your ceremony will need to be cancelled. There are certain guidelines that must be observed during this time for any ceremonies.

What about First Communions, Confirmation and other events?

These are all being cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future date.

What do I do about my Sunday contributions? How about my capital campaign pledge?

You can still honor these by mailing them to the parish office. You may also make contributions by using PAYPAL on our website.