New Mass Guidelines
As you may have observed, our Mass attendance is beginning to increase, especially at our 10:00 AM Sunday Mass. It is great to see this trend, but it also brings a new challenge for us when it comes to seating people. I hesitate to turn anyone away because the Cathedral is too full with respect to social distancing, and yet I want everyone to feel safe while attending Mass at our parish.
Beginning this weekend (August 22nd and 23rd), you will no longer find the yellow caution tape in the pews. You are free to sit in any of the pews, including those in the cry room or in the daily Mass chapel, or in any of the chairs around the back of the Cathedral proper.
If you are able to maintain social distancing from the families around you, there is no requirement to wear a mask or other face covering while seated in the pews. The use of masks upon entering the church, during the Communion procession, and upon leaving the church is required, however, in agreement with current diocesan policy, which is based upon the most current scientific research and government guidelines.
If the church becomes too full to maintain the 6 ft. social distancing between yourself and those nearby, then you will need to wear your mask or face covering at all times, even while seated in the pews. It may not be the most pleasant thing to do, but it is a worthy sacrifice offered in a spirit of charity and mercy. The bottom line is be sure to bring a mask or face covering with you when attending Mass in person.
Also please remember: the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person remains in effect until November 27, 2020.
Thank you for your cooperation and let us support one another in prayer as we journey together through the remainder of this Church year.