NEW COVID-19 LITURGICAL PROTOCOLS FOR ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CATHOLIC CHURCH:
- Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask during Mass. Individuals may opt to wear a mask if they so desire.
- It was suggested that a parish should reserve a section of the church for those not fully vaccinated. Because we are still in the gym, and the seating is designed to be socially distanced, there is no need to segment a portion of seating. This will be reviewed when we transfer Mass back to the church. The seating capacity for this section is to be determined by the pastor based upon parish seating needs.
- The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese is recommending that unvaccinated people speak to their doctors regarding their decision. It is best to be diligent in gathering information that will best suit your particular needs. Those who are not fully vaccinated are to continue wearing a mask to church. No parish has the responsibility of verification of vaccination. It is suggested, as an act of charity, that those not fully vaccinated take it upon themselves to continue to wear a mask. Resources to assist parishioners in regarding the moral use of the COVID vaccines may be found at aod.org/vaccines.
- The sign of peace has been restored. Families may greet each other as they wish. Between non-family members, it is best to nod the head or wave at this time.
- Parishes are required to provide proper signage, which St. Michael Parish will update, on an as-needed basis.
- Priest and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are to continue to wear a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion. The sanitizing of hands before and after distribution of Holy Communion also remains in place.
- The distribution of the Precious Blood remains restricted.
This certainly is welcome news. There is still a long way to go as society attempts to eradicate this virus. I respectfully ask that all of us do our part in following these new guidelines. Pray for an end to this pandemic and for those who have died or are suffering.
~ Msgr. Bill Tindall