As published in the July issue of the parish newsletter CONTRA MUNDUM, here is Father Bradford’s report on our community’s current status and practices:
IN RESPONSE to updated public health guidelines from the CDC on June 8, 2021, the pandemic state of emergency ended on June 15, 2021 in Massachusetts. Directives of the Archdiocese of Boston for our parish Mass procedures are being altered.
There is no need to wait ten minutes proper to Mass time to enter the church. You may enter and exit from both vestibules. There is no need for segregated or socially-distanced seating [although some areas of the church remain roped-off to allow this, for those who wish to maintain that practice — Editor]. Missals, service leaflets, and hymnals are available for your use at the front of the church.
Although concerns about Covid-19 are substantially lessened, the threat has not passed altogether. We must continue to exercise caution. The mask requirement is lifted. Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing in church if you feel safer doing so. People not vaccinated are strongly recommended to continue wearing masks. At the time of Communion the Celebrant will continue to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask.
Gospel processions will resume. The offertory collection will resume. Communion in one kind only continues. There is no coffee hour/reception at this time.
These guidelines recognize the Mass is a public event. It must be safe for all people to attend and not a cause of concern or anxiety. These policies will be updated in response to evolving conditions.