Pastor's Letters

COVID RESTRICTION CHANGES COMING THIS WEEK

Updated: May 19

Given that the governor of the State of Connecticut has lifted nearly all COVID related restrictions in public

buildings as of May 19, Archbishop Blair has also released new general and liturgical guidelines for public Masses and other church related gatherings as of that date. What follows is my synopsis of the main points and how

we will see them implemented here in our parish beginning Pentecost weekend (May 22 - 23). Anyone who wishes to read the guidelines and the letter from the bishops of Connecticut in full can easily find them at

www.archdioceseofhartford.org.


MASS OBLIGATION

As of the weekend of May 22-23, the archbishop has rescinded the blanket dispensation from attending Mass in

person on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation that has been in effect for well over a year now. That means, for

most Catholics, returning to Mass is now mandatory. However, the dispensation remains in place for individuals

at high risk for serious illness, those homebound or who are caregivers for the homebound, and those who are ill/

quarantined or who live with anyone who is ill or quarantined. If anyone has any questions about this, please feel

free to reach out to me directly. We will continue to livestream our Sunday and daily Masses, as we have been

doing, for the sake of those unable to attend in person, but for those who do not fall into one of these higher risk

groups, I remind you that watching a streaming Mass does not fulfill your Sunday/Holy Day obligation as of

next weekend.


RESTRICTIONS/GUIDELINES TO BE REMOVED

Social distancing will no longer be required, so the ropes that have been roping off every other pew will be removed. Hymnals will be returned to the churches. Congregational singing will be allowed, and choirs will resume (to the degree our choir members feel comfortable). Restrictions that previously prohibited entirely, or limited the size, of gatherings in our church halls are eliminated. Adults serving as lectors, sacristans, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist can fully resume those ministries. Entrance and exit processions at Mass from the