Important Message from Monsignor Callahan
This afternoon, the Archdiocese announced the following changes to the restrictions that have been mandated by the Archbishop as a result of the pandemic.
Effective immediately, if you have been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask during Mass in the church or the parish hall. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask while attending Mass.
Following the CDC guidelines issued yesterday, capacity restrictions and social-distancing measures will be determined by the parish pastor based on the size and construct of the parish, and what he deems is needed to provide for the safest possible environment. For this weekend, I’ve decided to keep the pews roped-off to maintain appropriate social distancing.
During the following week, I will be consulting with the Parish Staff and Parish Council to address the issue of social-distancing in the church and the parish at large. You will be informed of a decision on this matter in the very near future.
Archbishop Rozanski leaves in place the dispensation for Sunday Mass at this time, but will be re-evaluating the need for the dispensation in the coming weeks.
Finally, I want to strongly encourage any parishioner who has not been vaccinated to consider becoming vaccinated. The American Bishops have fully endorsed the available vaccines to be morally acceptable. COVID-19 is a devastating disease and has resulted in the deaths of countless people throughout the world. We have a vaccine that will end COVID-19. Please take the time to be vaccinated.