This weekend we will move into Phase II of the State Fire Marshal’s coronavirus reopening guidelines. This means that the number of people gathered in Church can be 50% of the total occupancy, but we must take into account the 6 feet social distancing. With that in mind, the Cathedral can hold about 140 people per Mass.
This formula applies to Baptisms, Funerals, Weddings, First Communion, Confirmation and any other religious service.
Social distancing of 6 feet must be observed between people sitting in the same pew. The only exception to this is people living in the same household. They are permitted to sit together in a pew. Some of the pews will continue to be taped off, and they are the ones that are not to be used.
We want to do our part in preventing the virus from spreading. It is encouraged that people wear a mask. Ushers should do their best to enforce these guidelines. We will continue to sanitize the pews after Mass.
Please note that the people of the Diocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
Regarding the celebration of Mass: Archbishop Aymond has informed Priests, Deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to wear a mask at Communion. The chalice with the precious blood will not be offered. The sign of peace has been suspended. As people depart from Mass, social distancing must be observed.
Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this critical time. God’s peace be with you and your family.
Sincerely yours in Christ, Fr. Ferguson.