Due to recent changes in the CDC recommendations about COVID-19 precautions and the significant drop in the number of cases in Ellis county, our parish will no longer require individuals to wear masks in our facilities. While wearing a mask will not longer be required, we still strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask to help protect our children who have not been vaccinated and those individuals who cannot get vaccinated due to medical treatments, a compromised immune system, or other reason. As Christians, we must always be concerned about the health and welfare of our neighbors.
The CDC also recently changed the recommended social distancing space from 6 feet to 3 feet if everyone is wearing a mask, so we are no longer leaving every other pew empty in some sections of the church and the chapel. Those sections are reserved only for individuals wearing a mask. If you chose not to wear a mask, we ask that you sit in a section that still has every other pew empty. Six feet of distancing between those in our household and people from other households are also still required in the sections where every other pew is empty, but social distancing can be reduced to 3 feet in the sections where everyone is wearing a mask.
Starting on June 5, we will also return the hymnals to the pews, start passing the collection baskets during Mass, and return to having the Offertory procession. At the Sign of Peace, we will also allow hand shakes or hugs between same members of a household, and we will encourage a wave, head nod, or slight bow to others around you as a sign of peace. Communion will continue to be distributed only under one species until the pandemic is over. We will also put holy water back in the baptismal font, and we will have stands with touchless holy water dispensers at the back of the church and chapel for those who prefer to not to use water from the font to bless themselves.
Also starting on June 5, Confessions will be on Saturday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm near the tabernacle at the front of the church. We will continue to have Confessions on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 11:30am at the plaza in front of the PFC.
I appreciate everyone’s understanding and compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions we have had in place since last March, and I ask for your patience as we slowly return to normal. Please be aware that we made need to re-implement some or all of these restrictions if infection rates start to increase again in Ellis county. It is through everyone’s efforts that we are able to maintain a safe environment where all can gather and worship. Please continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 virus and for those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic. This has been truly a time we have been tested by Satan, but it has also been a time for us to show the world what it means to be Christians. May God bless and protect you and your family.
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