Parish COVID Procedures

PARISH PROCEDURES FOR MASS DURING THE TIME OF COVID

Major new guidance was received May 21, 2021.

VACCINATIONS

All are recommended but NOT obligated to obtain the vaccination.

DISPENSATION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND SUNDAY MASS IN PERSON

Remains in effect until 26 June 2021. The 4pm Vigil Mass will continue to be live-streamed.

MASK-WEARING

Effective immediately, those who have been fully-vaccinated (i.e., received both shots in a two-dose series by at least two weeks ago) no longer need to wear a mask in the office, ministry meetings, faith formation sessions, organizational meetings, or at Mass.  Anyone who feels more comfortable keeping her / his mask on in public settings may do so.

No proof of vaccination is needed to no longer wear a mask.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Is no longer mandated in the State of Delaware. Maintaining 3 foot social distancing is recommended. The Diocese is permitting open seating as well as suggesting a section of the church be reserved for those who are uneasy with relaxed social distancing.

HAND-WASHING / SANITIZING

Previous guidelines remain intact, yet the Diocese indicates sanitizing hands is encouraged though NOT mandated.

MASS—GENERAL GUIDELINES

HOLY COMMUNION

The distribution of the Precious Blood to the laity continues to be suspended.

OTHER:

Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms, and Reconciliation are to be celebrated as done pre-COVID-19. 

HOLY WATER

Parishes are encouraged to resume use of Holy Water fonts, cleaning them regularly.