August - Church Updates for Pandemic
We are now in Phase 5. We are able to gather at 100% capacity. You are not required to sign up any longer. However, since we are still in a pandemic, you will be required to sanitize your hands as you enter the building.
While the usage of Facial Masks are still recommended as a preventive measure in this COVID-19 Pandemic, Starting October 30th, masks are required for everyone who has NOT been fully vaccinated. Masks are optional for those that have been fully vaccinated.
We continue to ask for your collaboration to self monitor. If you feel sick, or are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please STAY home and contact your medical providers. If you are sick please take care of yourself and let us know how we can be of assistance.
Although we have not yet come to a time when we can say that all threats from COVID 19 have passed, I believe that we have come to a point at which our members who are not at elevated risk can return to Mass. Therefore, beginning this coming Sunday, August 1st, I am removing the temporary dispensation from the Sunday Mass Obligation.
As always, this obligation will apply to Catholics that are of the age of reason and in reasonably good health. Those who have a contagious illness, those who are generally confined because of age or other disabilities and those who face extraordinary obstacles that make it practically impossible to attend Mass on a Sunday are not obliged to do so. For those in such categories it is not a sin to miss Mass, although it is sad that they are unable to attend.
I would like to urge you to come back, not grudgingly, but joyfully. The Lord and the People of God in your parish community look forward to having you back. As helpful as the Sunday Mass on television has been, it is no replacement for those who are able to come. Jesus Christ is present with a special power and clarity whenever the Church gathers. Christ is ready to lead you in the worship of His Heavenly Father and to feed you with His Body and Blood.
Bp. Mark Seitz
Registrations for Religious Formation
If you or someone you know needs preparation to receive the sacraments, please contact the office of Religious Formation to inquire of available spaces. 915-852-3520