After consulting with the Archdiocese, the decision about masks and Holy Communion is one left to the local pastor and community. Certainly, anyone who wears a mask for Holy Communion is welcome to do so, but I have decided not to make it a policy of our parish at this point. I will ask for the present time that the priests, deacons, and lay ministers of communion wear masks when they give out communion. If any of the lay ministers are concerned about giving communion to people without masks, I can understand that and will not ask you to give out communion until you feel comfortable doing so. As for our outside Masses, I do not think either the person receiving or the person distributing communion needs to wear a mask if he or she chooses that option.
I am delighted with the increasing number of members of our parish community that are returning to Masses in both our churches. Since the norm of moving from six feet to three is now the present rule, we have much more seating space in our churches and we will no longer at this time require people to register for Mass in either church. I want to express my deepest appreciation to Chyrell Cardillo whose great computer skills enabled us to have this program available when it was needed and how faithfully she attended to it for many months. I am also most grateful for the ushers and greeters who served to check in those who were attending Mass. The support of our parish staff, our parish volunteers, and the Knights of Columbus was very helpful in allowing us to have our Masses in a very safe and sacred way.