As you know, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has lifted many of the current COVID-19 restrictions as of Saturday, May 29. In response, the Archdiocese of Boston has issued new archdiocesan protocols to help guide pastors, staff, and parish leadership in how to best implement these changes in their own parishes.
This is how we will begin to implement these changes in our parishes.
- As of May 29, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks or to socially distance in most indoor and outdoor settings in Massachusetts.
- The State does advise that non-vaccinated people continue to wear masks in most settings.
- Different people will be able/ready to take off their masks and sit near one another at different times. To accommodate everyone, we have designated sections of each church for general seating and for masked/socially-distanced seating (please refer to the diagrams below for the locations of these sections in each church.)
- In the general seating sections, all pews are available for seating without distancing, and masks are optional.
- In the socially-distanced seating sections, pews will continue to be marked as green (available for socially-distanced seating) or red (not available). Parishioners are asked to wear masks and sit only in green pews, at least 6 feet from anyone not in their own households.
- Collections will be taken up by volunteers (using collection baskets on poles to limit contact.)
- For everyone’s comfort, socially-distanced gestures of peace are still encouraged.
- The distribution of communion will be by procession.
- All Masses (except the outdoor Mass) will be streamed live on our website and YouTube channel, and a recorded Mass will be available every Sunday on our website.
We understand that the pace of these changes will likely seem too fast for some and too slow for others, and we ask for your continued patience and understanding. Please know that the health, well-being, and spiritual needs of our parishioners will always be at the forefront in our decision-making as we continue to navigate through this process.
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