UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE READ
UPDATE: August 2020
Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, we are able to hold our regular weekend Masses -- please see below for times and guidelines. Weekly readings for Mass can be found here.
The grounds -- including hiking trails, the Stations of the Cross, the site of the village where Saint Kateri spent most of her life, and the spring where she was baptized -- remain open sunrise to sundown. The Candle Chapel dedicated to Saint Kateri is also open. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Native American Museum, Saint Peter's Chapel, and the public restrooms are closed for the season.
The gift shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-3, Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday 11-12.
Maps and brochures are available at the kiosk in the parking lot near the large red building.
Everyone is welcome at the Shrine.
Services will be held in our outdoor Saint Maximilian Kolbe Pavilion rain or shine. We will be holding 4:30 vigil Mass on Saturday and 10:30 Mass on Sunday every week, contingent upon sufficient volunteer help. If possible, please call the Shrine office to preregister for seating (see below).
Please be aware that the following guidelines are in place in accordance with State and Diocese regulations to prevent virus spread:
· The number of attendees will be limited, and people are requested to register in advance by calling the Shrine office by noon on Friday. Registration will consist of providing your name, address, and telephone number; you will also be asked to choose a seat from spaces available. These practices are meant to ensure adequate social distancing, as well as our ability to inform you if someone in the congregation later is diagnosed with COVID-19.
· Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of Mass. When you arrive, greeters will confirm your registration and your ability to attend service, and ushers will guide you to your chosen seat before service starts. You are also welcome to bring chairs or blankets to hear Mass from the hillside or lawn by Kolbe Pavilion, so long as you maintain 6-foot distance from others.
· Ability to attend service will depend on your answers to the following questions, which our greeters will ask you:
- Have you or has anyone you have been in close contact with tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks?
- Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, chills, muscle pain, headache?
- In the past two weeks, have you attended any large gatherings where social distancing or the use of masks was not followed?
- In the past two weeks, have you travelled anywhere that is experiencing high levels of virus transmission? (See https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory for the current list of Restricted States)
· Congregants will be required to wear masks while in Kolbe Pavilion if they are over 2 years of age. If possible, we also ask that you bring hand sanitizer to use before receiving Communion to help protect our celebrant and others receiving the host.
· Singing and the use of hymnals, missalettes, and Bibles, whether provided by the Shrine or brought from home, are temporarily suspended, as is the Sign of Peace. You are welcome to follow along with the readings, posted here, on your mobile device.
· Holy water fonts will not be filled, but you may bring a container of water from home to be blessed.
· Communion will take place at the end of Mass. Please use the chalk marks in the center aisle to keep a 6-foot distance while you wait to receive the host. After receiving Communion, you will be asked to exit the Pavilion on the sides, rather than down the center aisle.
· We ask that you refrain from gathering in the parking lot after service is concluded.
· PLEASE REMEMBER that dispensation from Mass is still in place! If you are unwell or simply uncomfortable with attending, we encourage you to stay home. The “Spiritual Resources” section of our website has links to places you can attend Mass virtually online, as well as the prayer for Spiritual Communion and similar religious guidance that you can take advantage of while staying safe – it even has nature webcams to help you stay connected with Creation from home!
Please also remember that you are always welcome to pray in our Candle Chapel, walk our Stations of the Cross, hike our trails, and visit the spring where Saint Kateri was baptized and the village where she spent most of her life, so long as you follow public-safety guidelines. We look forward to seeing you at the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine!
November 1st to April 30th
Candle Chapel, outdoor sanctuary, Caughnawaga Village Site, Kateri Spring, and hiking trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk, weather permitting
Access to Gift Shop by appointment only
Saint Peter's Chapel, the museum, and public bathrooms are closed.
Office Hours: 9:30AM to 12:30PM Monday through Friday
May 1st to October 31st
Grounds open 9AM-6PM Daily
Gift Shop 10AM-4PM Saturdays and Sundays
St. Peter's Chapel and Native American Exhibit hours vary (please call ahead)
Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:30PM
Sunday Mass at 10:30AM
Candle Chapel, outdoor sanctuary, and hiking trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk, weather permitting
Office Hours: 9:30AM to 12:30PM Monday through Friday