June 17, 2021
On June 15th, the California Department of Public Health provided updated guidance pertaining to state and county regulations for the pandemic. In response to the latest news, Bishop McElroy sent a letter to all priests in the diocese, inviting us to share these guidelines with our parishioners.
In his letter, Bishop McElroy provided the following updates:
All of the restrictions on capacity and spacing for worship and all limitations on meetings and social activities are lifted as of today (June 17, 2021).
Masks will be optional, recognizing that the CDC recommends the practice of wearing masks for those who have not yet been vaccinated.
Distribution of the Eucharist will resume on the tongue and will continue in the hand. The reintroduction of the communion cup will be determined sometime in the future.
Because there is still no vaccine for children, those in formation processes under the age of fourteen should continue to wear masks, as will our students in Catholic schools.
It is recommended that non-family members bringing Eucharist to the sick should be vaccinated.
The dispensation from the normal obligation to attend Sunday Mass will end on July 1st of this year.
I want to thank you all for your support, and I greatly appreciate your patience during this challenging time. I know we missed many things during this time, such as our social gatherings and being able to celebrate Mass inside the church, but we made the best of a difficult situation, of course, with your help and cooperation. Please know that I am thankful to you all and am encouraged by your support.
Please continue to keep our families and parish community in your prayers.
With prayers and blessings,