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Diocesan Liturgical Guidelines for Reopening of Mass

  • The general dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will be ended as of Sunday May 23, 2021 – the Solemnity of Pentecost.


  • Masks are optional for those who have been fully vaccinated. They are required for those who are not vaccinated.


  • The exchange of the sign of peace remains suspended.


  • Holy Communion is to be given only under one species – consecrated Hosts.


  • Holy Communion is to be distributed by clergy (priests/deacons) ONLY.


  • No social distancing will be required.


  • There will be a designated “social distance” section for those who are more vulnerable.


  • Church bulletins, as well as printed materials (books, holy cards, leaflets, etc.) are permitted.


  • Choirs and instrumentalists are allowed.


  • Altar servers are allowed.


  • The offertory procession and collection baskets with handles passed by ushers are permitted.


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