Sts. Peter and Paul is a Roman Catholic Church located in scenic, southern Campbell County, KY.  It was established in the little settlement of Gubser's Mill in 1853. Many changes have taken place over the years. Today we have a thriving and active church community with an outstanding Catholic grade school and 5-Star Rated Pre-K Program. Father Jacob Varghese, VC is our Pastor. 

Diocese of Covington

Protocols for Celebrating the Liturgy amid Covid19

12 May 2020


I.    The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for all the faithful of the Diocese of Covington is extended until further notice. Additionally, those who are sick should refrain from coming to church for fourteen (14) days from when they first began to experience symptoms.


II.    Eucharist
            1.     Beginning 20 May, 2020, public celebration of the Eucharist will
           resume. The first weekend Mass will be 23/24 May, 2020.
      2.  At this time, no additional Masses are to be added.
      3. The following precautions are to be observed:


Before Mass
         ·        Parishioners are to sit six feet apart, with an exception made for
               members of the same household.

Ø Seating in the churches will be limited to allow for this social distancing. Every other pew will be blocked off to ensure six feet distancing in every direction.

Ø All open pews will have markers every six feet to assist parishioners in spacing themselves within the pews.

Ø Once pastors determine the seating capacity, efforts should be made to inform the parishioners of the new restrictions in order to limit the number attending a single liturgy.

       ·        Parishioners should be encouraged to wear face coverings.
       ·        Pews, ambos, door handles, railings (indoor and outdoor), and
             bathrooms are to be wiped down after every Mass. Pastors
             should consider recruiting volunteers to help with this process.
             Only one person at a time should be allowed in the bathroom.
       ·        Everything is to be removed from the pews including but not
             limited to hymnals, missalettes, response cards, guest envelopes,
             etc. Parishes might consider using disposable worship aids.
       ·        Ministers:

Ø Only one lector is to be used at each Mass.

Ø If servers are to be utilized they are required to wear white gloves and face masks. All server vesture (including gloves) is to be washed weekly.

Ø Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are limited to two (2) only for each Mass.

Ø Sacristans should wash/sanitize their hands before and after setting up for Mass and should also wear face coverings during that time.

Ø Ushers/Greeters are to wear face coverings.

       ·        Musicians

Ø Organist/pianist are to sanitize their instrument after every liturgy.

Ø All microphones should also be sanitized after each Mass.

Ø A single cantor is permitted in addition to the organist/pianist.

Ø Choirs are not to gather and sing together.

Ø Singing during Mass creates a higher risk of spreading infectious particles.  Alternatives to congregational singing such as instrumental music or antiphonal singing should be considered.

       ·        Consider having volunteers hold the doors open for parishioners
             or propping doors as parishioners enter the church to reduce the
             touching of door handles.
       ·        Holy water fonts are not to be used and baptismal fonts are to be


During Mass
       ·        Processions should be avoided to maintain safe, social distancing.
             If possible, the ministers should enter the sanctuary via the
       ·        Consider other methods for the collection if you pass a basket
             from one person to another. Note: maintain all security protocols
             as it relates to the collection.
       ·        There is to be no procession of the gifts (offertory procession).
       ·        The Sign of Peace is to be omitted.
       ·        Distribution of Holy Communion

Ø Only the priest(s), vested deacon(s) and two Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion may distribute Holy Communion.

Ø They must wear face masks and sanitize their hands before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.

Ø When there is more than one minister of communion, bread is to be separated into separate ciboria prior to Mass.

Ø Distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful is to be omitted. Note: When concelebration occurs, priests and deacons should receive via intinction.

Ø Place markers in aisles six feet apart to facilitate safe, social distancing in the communion procession.

Ø One way communion lines should be utilized; for example, distribution could occur in side aisles rather than the center aisle.

Ø Communion is to be received by the faithful in the hand and standing.

Ø It is the decision of the pastor whether or not to allow reception of Communion on the tongue.  If this practice is allowed the person distributing Holy Communion must sanitize his/her hands after distributing to each individual communicant.

Ø Those with gluten intolerance should make arrangements with the pastor.


After Mass
          ·        Consider having volunteers hold the doors open for
                parishioners or propping doors as parishioners leave the
                church to reduce the touching of door handles
          ·        The priest and deacon should not greet the people for the safety
                and well being of both the clergy and the people.
          ·        Until Further Notice, ancillary gatherings connected to Mass
                are suspended; for example, Children’s Liturgy of the Word or
                coffee and donuts following Mass.


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Rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Daily 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM (limited attendance)
Confessions - by appointment (859) 635-2999

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