May 19, 2021 Guidelines


  1. General Guidelines

    1. Masks are required in church, but not outside including the parking lot.
    2. People must put on masks prior to entering any church facility.
    3. No social distancing is required within church.
      1. All pews are available for seating.
      2. Pastors may want to consider having a “social distance” section for those more vulnerable.
    4. Mass registration systems are no longer required.
    5. Outdoor Masses are allowed for the remainder of the year.
    6. Church bulletins are allowed, as are holy items, cards, and books.
    7. It is recommended that at least one weekend Mass should be livestreamed.
    8. Holy Water fonts must remain empty.
    9. The Church must be cleaned before and after weekend Masses but not in between weekend Masses.
      1. Church bathrooms should be open and cleaned before weekend Masses start and after the last weekend Mass.
    10. Signs are no longer required on church doors or inside churches.
      1. A sign reminding people to wear masks is recommended.
    11. Parish or Private functions must follow state guidelines.
      1. There are no additional restrictions for these events beyond what the state mandates.
  2. Mass

    1. 8 person choirs plus instrumentalists are allowed.
      1. It is recommended that singing masks be used and social distancing be observed by all choir members.
      2. Choir rehearsals should be no more than an hour with social distancing.
    2. Congregational singing with masks is allowed.
    3. Use of Masks:
      1. Masks must be worn by everyone participating in the processionals and recessionals of Mass.
      2. Masks are required in the sanctuary except for the celebrant or anyone speaking to the congregation.
      3. Masks are required for anyone who is distributing Holy Communion.
    4. There is no limit on altar servers.
    5. The exchange of the sign of peace among the faithful remains optional.
      1. If the sign of peace is exchanged, then it must be some type of non-contact gesture (bow)
    6. Processions (e.g. Corpus Christi) with masks are allowed
  3. Procedures for the distribution of Holy Communion

    1. Holy Communion may continue to be distributed either on the tongue or in the hand. Clergy are not to limit the faithful in their choice of method of reception.
    2. Gloves are not to be worn in the distribution of holy communion, and no type of sanitary device or implement is to be placed over the hands of any communicant during distribution.
    3. Social distancing is not required for Communion lines.
    4. Masks must be removed by the faithful immediately PRIOR to receiving Holy Communion and then put back on after receiving.
    5. Those distributing Holy Communion must sanitize their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion.
    6. Sanitizing hands in between communicants is required when someone receives on the tongue or if the person distributing Communion inadvertently touches the communicant’s hand.
    7. Kneelers and altar rails no longer must be cleaned in between communicants.
    8. Communion is only given under one species – consecrated hosts.
  4. Procedures for other liturgical and sacramental celebrations

    1. Sacrament of Reconciliation.
      1. Masks are required.
      2. Social distancing is not required; confessionals may return to full use though proper ventilation is strongly encouraged.
      3. Sanitization procedures are not required.
    2. Weddings and Funerals.
      1. The same guidelines above for Mass apply to weddings and funerals.
      2. The bride and groom are not required to wear masks.
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