On 12 June, Bishop Folda sent a memo to the priests of the Diocese in which he wrote: “it is now possible to reduce the restrictiveness of some of the directives which came into effect on May 4.” He reiterated that “the dispensation from the Sunday obligation still remains in effect,” but also told us that “it is appropriate to encourage the faithful who are not at higher risk from COVID-19 to return to Mass.”
*I request all to wear a mask, as a sign of charity, since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “a cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.” The knowledge that all present will be wearing masks may serve to help encourage the return to Mass of which the bishop speaks in his memo to us priests reference above. However, the bishop emphasizes in that same memo: “Masks are still highly recommended as a measure to protect others, but they may not be required” (emphasis in the original).
*Please wash your hands for 20 seconds before leaving home, or in one of the restrooms here at Nativity after you arrive, or both.
*Please bring along your own hand sanitizer to use before and after communion.
*A reminder to bring along your card with the prayers for the liturgy if you have one.
*At the end of the liturgy, ushers will be available to help with dismissal: please leave by rows, west side first, from back to front; then the main section, back to front. A big thank you to our ushers, often assisted by our greeters, who have been so helpful with dismissal and disinfecting the church after each liturgy.
*Bulletins will be available near all the entrances to take as you leave.