More people are now able to experience the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist now that the attendance limit for Mass increased to 50 percent of the church’s capacity on June 29.
Masks still are required, and social distancing continues to be enforced. Parishes continue to sanitize pews and other common surfaces after each Mass.
The new capacity limit means that parishes are permitted to admit up to 50 percent of the church’s seating capacity, provided that adequate social distancing can be maintained.
Mass attendance remains voluntary. Those who do not feel safe, or who have compromising health conditions, should not participate at this time.
The dispensation from the Mass obligation will remain in place for the time being, and many parishes will continue to offer livestream Masses on their websites or Facebook pages. For a full list, check this link.
Also, one Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion now may help distribute the Holy Eucharist. Extraordinary Ministers are receiving training from their pastors on proper methods of distribution.
For Baptisms, weddings and funerals, the participation limit also is raised to no more than 50 percent of the church’s seating capacity, provided adequate social distancing can be maintained.
The guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of people as they return to Mass. The diocese will continue to monitor virus trends, will continue to consult with health professionals, and will make adjustments in health-related restrictions as appropriate.