EXCERPT FROM FATHER SCHILLI'S COLUMN REGARDING
LIFTING THE COVID-19 MITIGATION PROTOCOLS
As I announced last weekend, pastors have been informed of Archbishop Rozanski’s lifting of the dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Mass attendance. This is what we received from him:
Archbishop Rozanski is lifting the dispensation of the faithful to attend Sunday Mass effective July 1, 2021. (Practically speaking this takes effect the weekend of July 3 & 4, 2021.)
He wrote: "....we understand that these continue to be uncertain times for everyone, and we want all to feel safe returning to Mass. Please note that parishioners who are sick, homebound, immunocompromised and gravely concerned for their health retain the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, which has always been the case in normal times. (his emphasis)
It remains for the pastors individually to determine how best to return to best practices and to assure safety precautions. Additionally, the safe return of Holy Water in the fonts, hymnals, missalettes in the pews, and the use of collection baskets is now at the discretion of the pastor. The distribution of the Precious Blood during Holy Communion remains prohibited until further notice. (again, his emphasis)
Over the next few weeks with the advice of Father Bauer (who arrives June 29), Deacon Dave, Deacon Pat and Rob Shipp, we will begin to make plans to make adjustments to the protocols we have been observing. The Music Ministry will be making their adjustments, and other ministries will slowly begin to return to our more customary practices. Not everything will immediately change back, so, please be patient. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.