Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you will know, the COVID virus continues to infect large numbers of people endangering lives and putting a strain on our health care systems. Bishop Guglielmone has written a letter to you which you will find here. In his letter the Bishop strongly recommends wearing masks to Mass and for all who are eligible to receive the vaccine.
My own continued advice to you is this:
1. If you or a family member are in a vulnerable category due to age or infirmity, then you do not need to attend Mass. The Mass obligation is still suspended for you.
2. Use your own common sense and take proper precautions according to your own situation.
3. At this time we are not imposing restrictions on Mass attendance again, but I would remind you that the Friday morning 10:00 am Mass and the Saturday evening 5 pm Mass will continue to be preferred Masses for older parishioners and that, at these Masses, we should wear masks and continue to observe social distancing.
I have consulted with Fr. Richard and the deacons and we are happy to continue administering communion on the tongue for those who wish to receive in this way. We feel there is actually less contact or chance of contact in this form of communion. However, I would stress that if you wish to receive communion on the tongue you should extend your tongue so that the host can be placed on it without contact with the priest or deacon. If you do not, we may ask you to do so.
Thank you for your continued cooperation to help keep our churches open and to keep ourselves and our families healthy.
God bless you and keep you!