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CHURCH REOPENING
 
Holy Transfiguration will be reopening for Divine Liturgy on Sunday, Aug. 2, the same day our new priest Father Nichalas March joins us.
Liturgy will be at 9:30 a.m. Attendance may need to be limited. Several Covid-19 safety directives from the Metropolis are in effect until further notice.
A separate email will be sent out soon asking who wants to attend liturgy Aug. 2. The number may need to be limited due to social distancing directives. Please bear with the Parish Council as we work through this unprecedented time. All these precautions are being taken for your safety and the safety of other community members.
Please direct any and all questions to Kelli Sheehy, Parish Council president, (563) 424-0489 or kelsheehy89@yahoo.com
Signs have been posted throughout the church on health and safety measures. Please read and follow.
DIRECTIVES. Safety directives and other limitations follow. This is a lot to read through and embrace. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
MASKS. Everyone entering the church must wear a mask throughout the liturgy (Eucharist instructions are below.)
ENTER THE CHURCH by the southwest side door. LEAVE THE CHURCH by the west main door.
CANDLES. Parish Council members will light all candles for you. Tell the Parish Council member in the narthex what candles you want lit and where and put your money in the usual collection plate by the candle stand.
BE ON TIME. Please be on time. People who are late may be turned away due to safety directives.
VENERATION. No kissing of icons or the priest's hand.
NO SERVICE books or bulletins allowed.
PEW SEATING. Every other pew is roped off and cannot be used. Family members who live in the same household may sit together. All others must sit six feet apart from each other.
CHOIR. Stephanie Prohaski and Jane Reynolds will be the only people allowed in the choir loft at this time. Singing is one of the biggest spreaders of the virus so extra precautions are being taken for now. Other choir members and parishioners are encouraged to sing along from the pews.
ALTAR SERVERS: Only 1-2 for now. Lead altar server Shannon Hickman and Aaron Hickman are the only ones allowed.
EUCHARIST PROCEDURE (if you are not comfortable with taking the Eucharist at this time, please speak to Father Nichalas.)
The side aisles only are to be used (no going down the usual center aisle).
Pews will be dismissed one by one by a Parish Council member. Parishioners will go to the Eucharist via on the south side aisle with each person six feet apart.
REMOVE your mask. A Parish Council member will pump sanitizer into your hands. COMMUNE but do not touch or use the cloth. AFTER communing, a Parish Council member will offer you hand sanitizer. EXIT on the north side aisle and return to your pew with mask on. NO HOLY BREAD will be distributed after the Eucharist or following the service.
DISMISSAL.  At the end of liturgy, parishioners will be dismissed by rows, allowing six feet between people, exiting out the double doors.
PLEASE EXIT immediately through the west door. Any visiting must be done outside.
NO COFFEE HOUR.
Parish Council members will members will sanitize the church after each service.
It has been a long journey to this time and we look forward to returning to some degree of normalcy in the life of our church.
 
In Christ’s love, your parish council,


Kelli Sheehy, president
Dale Snyder, vice president
Jane Reynolds, secretary
Nick Vlantes, treasurer


Morgan Bowman


John Pappas


Stephanie Prohaski


Kalliope Eaton

Nicholas Pappas

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June 20, 2020

Dear Parish Community:

The Parish Council is continuing to work on guidelines from the Metropolis on reopening our church.


After approval by the Metropolis, we will be holding three services with strict guidelines. Only a handful of people are allowed to attend these services and they may all be held on the same day or over a short period of time. The services do not need to be Sunday Divine Liturgies.


Parish Council members will be the attendees at these services with perhaps one or two others. You will be contacted if you are asked to attend. Please do not be offended if you are not asked to participate. We may not need any people there other than Parish Council members.


Father Nichalas March is still expected to be with us Aug. 1.


After these services, the next step in opening will occur. There will be specific guidelines for attendance with proper distancing, sanitation practices, and other directives. These will be shared with all beforehand.


In other news, please welcome Thomas Silva, his wife Barbara, and their children to our community!


In Christ's Love,
Kelli Sheehy, Parish Council President

May 30, 2020

The Parish Council is working on procedures and steps to reopen the church.

May 11, 2020

Congratulations to Elena and Dumitru Ivanov on the birth of their babies, a boy and a girl, on May 8, 2020.  Everyone is doing well and planning to come home today.  Xronia Polla!!!

May 9, 2020

Father Nichalas visited Mason City this week.


He had the opportunity to be at the church, tour Mason City, and visit with a few
of us. He is very impressed by all. He said our church was beautiful.


I would like to thank Jim and Jean Marinos for their hospitality and helping
him with house hunting and the Parish Council for taking the time to meet with him.


Please keep him in your prayers as he travels back to Illinois and on to Cyprus to reunite
with his wife and children after two months.


Kelli Sheehy,
Parish Council president

May 5, 2020

I would like to give more details regarding Father Nichalas. His wife’s name is Evangelia and they have four children, Pavlos, Christina, Dorothea, and Anastasia.
 
Father Nichalas was ordained a deacon in 2008 and a priest in 2010.  He grew up in a small town in rural Illinois. He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2008.
 
He and his wife moved to Cyprus in 2009. Since 2013 he has been conducting the Divine Liturgy in English for a small community of English speakers who live in Cyprus.
 
Father Nichalas will be visiting Mason City, but due to the virus the Chancellor has given strict guidelines to us that he will only be able to meet a few members of the Parish Council at this time. His arrival date in Mason City will be no later than. August 1st.
 
Again, we are under strict guidelines to follow the Illinois guidelines as far as services go so there is not a time frame when the church will open up.
 
I hope all is well with everyone and if anyone needs anything please feel free to contact me or any member of the Parish Council.
 
Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti!

Kelli Sheehy, Parish Council President

 

April 28, 2020

Father Nichalas March has been assigned as the new priest of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Mason City.  Father March, 41, and Presbytera Evangelia have four children.  He grew up in a small town in Illinois.  Parish Council President Kelli Sheehy has spoken to Father Nichalas and our Chancellor Father Timothy about the Appointment.  Due to the pandemic and other issues, his arrival in Mason City is at this time undetermined.

 

The churches of the Chicago Metropolis will not be opening until further notice.
Although Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced April 27th religious services can begin
again with public safety restrictions, our parishes will adhere to the Metropolis' guidelines which
are to remain closed.  More information on this issue will follow.

Kelli Sheehy, Parish Council President

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