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. As of the weekend of June 19/20, 2021, the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation has been lifted in the Archdiocese. (The dispensation was lifted in the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter several months ago.) The obligation does not apply if you are ill or have been exposed to Covid-19. You may choose not to receive Communion.
There is no need to wait until ten minutes prior 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. Missals, service leaflets, and hymnals are available for your use.
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 who are 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 after Mass at this time.
These guidelines recognize that 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.