Updated Protocol for Limited Public Masses
We must be serious about the real threat of this virus. In some areas of the diocese, the number of cases continues to increase. It is important to understand that parishes in certain locations within the diocese have experienced varying degrees of the COVID-19 disease. Ordinances placed on various communities by local government are still impacting how we celebrate Mass in public. Pastors are encouraged to work with their parish leadership and consult with other pastors in their area of the diocese in considering the next steps in allowing public Masses. Plans will therefore vary from parish to parish. The guidelines offered below are meant to encourage some unity in the diocese and as a starting point for pastors in their deliberations. In their deliberation, pastors are asked to follow the guidelines offered by the CDC as well as State and local authorities. Pastors are asked to be aware that a change in the status of the spread of this virus could result in a return to increased restrictions on Mass attendance.
The faithful will remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sunday until further notice. This measure is in place so that you can prudently discern your own attendance. If you feel unsafe, you should feel no guilt or shame in staying home. Similarly, you should feel a freedom to permit others who are comfortable attending to do so.
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