Covid Response & Re-opening
Dear friends in Christ,
As noted in communications from our Archdiocesan Pandemic Response Team, we are beginning the process of opening up our churches and moving carefully toward pre-pandemic customs. As we do so, we should expect that the situation will be dynamic and that ongoing changes are likely.
There is no blueprint for how society should emerge from a historic pandemic. In reality, we are all learning as we proceed through these unprecedented times. We ask that you be patient with your church leaders and one another as we work through the complexities of re-opening our parishes.
Below are some key points to know as we commence our response to re-opening.
As of May 29, masks are no longer required for vaccinated people in the State of Massachusetts. The State does advise that non-vaccinated people continue to wear masks.
Please note there will be no policing of masks or vaccinations (people are not to be asked whether or not they have been vaccinated).
Every family is expected to make a sound, reasonable decision about when they are ready to take off their masks and be near other people.
We will continue to offer live-streaming of mass where possible.
Anyone is allowed to wear a mask if they so choose.
The dispensation from the obligation for coming to Sunday Mass has not yet been lifted.
Collections may be taken up via baskets as has been traditionally done, this may take time to re-develop.
Confessions will move in-doors.
Please contact a member of clergy if you have any questions about our response to re-opening and continue to check our website and bulletins for updates.
Additionally, I would like to thank so many of you who assisted during these many past months, ensuring our church was as clean and as safe as possible during the pandemic. There are many unsung heroes who responded with kindness, faith and love (far too many to mention), but please know your fervent prayer, and generous giving of time, talent and treasure has been and is greatly appreciated.
God bless you,
Deacon Chuck Kelley