Media reports have indicated significant spikes in coronavirus cases in 21 states that have reopened or relaxed restrictions.  To avoid any confusion as the Diocese approaches the first weekend of public in-church Masses, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., reminds the faithful of the established directives:

1.  COVID-19 is still extremely contagious, especially indoors or in closed settings;

2.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday/Holy Day Masses remains in effect so that all Catholic faithful, in good conscience, are not required to be physically present in church; livestreamed Masses will continue in most parishes;

3. Anyone who is sick or at risk should not come to church; that is not punitive but, rather, common sense and an act of charity toward your neighbors;

4.  All parishes are expected to abide strictly by occupancy limits/restrictions and other regulations of the Diocese with care;

5.  Masks must be worn (no exceptions), physical contact of any kind must be avoided, social distancing must be practiced, proper sanitation must be observed at all public in-church Masses;

6.  Before attending public, in-church Masses, the Catholic faithful are asked to consider any possible health and safety risks involved.

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