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COVID-19 Update: Outdoor Masses

To our Catholic Trojan Family, we appreciate your patience and prayers while our Church discerns the best options for our community.  Thank you to our clergy and staff working diligently to provide for outdoor opportunities to celebrate the sacraments with our community. We continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19 in our community, and our world.

The following options will be available beginning on Sunday, August 9:

Outdoor Mass in the USC Caruso Catholic Center Courtyard
Sundays at 5:00 p.m. PDT
Pre-reservation through Eventbrite required.

The following options will remain available:

Sunday at 10:00 a.m. PDT Mass will continue on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 337 494 4587
Password: 850187

The following options will be available beginning on Wednesday, September 2:

Weekday Mass, Adoration, and Confession

Weekday Mass, Adoration, and Confession in the USC Caruso Catholic Center Courtyard
Adoration and Confession - 4:30–5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
Weekday Mass -  5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
Upon arrival, head to the welcome table to check in. If you are already registered with the Catholic Center, you can just provide your name at check-in.

What is required of us?

In compliance with the Centers for Disease Control, Los Angeles County Department of Health, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, we must…

  • Maintain our facilities to protect the health and safety of our parishioners.
  • Require that everyone wear a protective mask covering their nose and mouth while on campus and wash their hands and use hand sanitizer as needed.
  • Permit access to each Sunday Mass on a reservation-only basis.
  • Secure contact information for each attendee as well as an attestation about health status as part of the reservation process.
  • Ensure that there will be no congregating before or after Mass and, at all times, enforce social distancing of at least six feet between individuals (other than household members).
  • Retain Zoom as the primary vehicle for attending Mass, especially for vulnerable individuals who have chronic health conditions or who are age 65 or older.

How we are complying

Protecting Your Health and Safety

Our main goal as a community is to support and foster an environment that ensures health and safety of all in our midst. First and foremost, we encourage all those in at-risk categories to stay safe and stay home; making a spiritual communion from home ensures the safety of all. Individuals in at-risk categories may include the following:

  • Individuals 65 years and older
  • Those with chronic health conditions (hypertension, heart/lung disease, diabetes, auto-immune deficiencies, obesity)
  • Anyone exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19

If you are in a higher risk population group, or if you have any hesitations about coming to the Church for Liturgy at this time, we invite you to refrain from attending and make a spiritual communion from home. Please remember that Archbishop Gomez has dispensed everyone from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. This means that it is not a sin that we are missing Mass.

Making a Reservation

We are required by Los Angeles County to keep track of contact information for everyone attending, should contact tracing be necessary.

Registration Portal

We require each individual person attending the Liturgy to register. When you register, we require the full name, email, and daytime phone for each individual that will be in attendance. Each registration is nontransferable. When you register, we require the full name, email, and daytime phone for each individual that will be in attendance. Each registration is nontransferable.

You must be able to reply no to the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Coughing or sneezing?
  • Body aches?
  • Shortness of breath?
  • Loss of taste or sense of smell?
  • Cared for someone ill with COVID-19 or in contact with anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms of COVID-19? (It is essential that anyone who is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to the virus within the past 14 days not attend the Mass.) 

If you answer no to all these questions, then you will be able to complete your registration. (Please note: each individual must be able to answer no at the time of registration, and each individual will be asked these questions again at the check-in table.)

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. You can either print out a copy or show a copy on your device. Households are families or individuals living together who have sheltered in place together. People living at different addresses must register separately.

Arriving at mass

    • We ask all attendees to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before leaving home. We recommend you bring hand sanitizer with you. We will also provide sanitizing stations outside the church.
    • Parking will be available at the USC Village with three hours validation machine found in our courtyard. 
    • Plan to arrive 30 minutes before Mass in order to accommodate the check-in and parking process. Doors will open 15 minutes before the Mass time.
    • Each individual, ages two and up, will be required to wear a face mask. It is required by Los Angeles City Ordinance that you wear your face mask for the entire time that you are on Our Savior Parish campus and during the entire Liturgy. (The mask must cover your nose and mouth.)
    • Each individual must respect social distance at all times. Families can walk in together in line and sit together. 

    checking in for mass

    Have your reservation confirmation pulled up on your device or printed out so it can be scanned at the front entrance of the church.

          participating in mass

          • There will be no worship aids or bulletin handouts.
          • The collection basket will not be passed. We ask you to place your offering in the basket on the way to your car, and we encourage signing up for online recurring giving.
          • During the welcome, the sign of peace, there should be no physical contact with those outside your household.

          receiving communion

          • The Eucharist Minister (EM) or Priest will approach you at your seat. Please keep your mask on until the EM or Priest has placed the Host in your hand and begun to walk away. Once the EM or Priest have left your presence, remove your mask, consume the Host and then place your mask back on your face.
          • Communion will only be given in the hand. The Archbishop has asked us out of an abundance of caution and backed by medical professionals’ advice, to not offer Communion on the tongue. The risk of contagion is too great. The Communion cup (Blood of Christ) will not be offered.
          • There should be no congregating or socializing after the Mass. People are asked to return home. The priests and staff will not be able to greet you in the courtyard at this time.

          thank you for your cooperation!

          We want to thank you for your cooperation and diligence in caring for all of our community, especially at this time where gathering still poses a risk to some of the members of our community. At this time, the Church is not yet permitting other meetings, ministry meetings, and social events.

          The Liturgy is first; it is the source and summit of our Catholic Life, and the hunger in us, that burning desire for Communion and our hunger to return to the community gathered, is palpable and evident in our spiritual communions made from home. The Body of Christ gathered for Liturgy in prayer and worship is steadfast in our longing to be together.

          If you are staying safer in your home, continue to participate by our online Mass via Zoom. God is with us and he awaits our full participation.