FINALLY A Catholic Diocese Honors Mask Exemptions!
A great kudos to Bishop Alberto Rojas of the San Bernardino Diocese who issued the 'Diocesan Policy for Advent/Christmas Worship' on December 16, 2021.
Advise parishioners via parish websites/social media and other means that masks will be required of all attendees during the Advent/Christmas season at all of your liturgies. Exceptions will be made as noted in the CDPH guidelines that are attached.
• Non-masked attendees will not be refused admittance; however, whenever physically possible, ushers should be encouraged to shepherd those parishioners to pews that are spaced six (6) feet apart in seating and from another pew.
...All other liturgical protocols remain unchanged. Pastors/Administrators may, of course, impose more stringent requirements based upon knowledge of their parishes, such as employing separate lines for those who wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.
As we prepare for this blessed season, let us not allow this one, minor mandate to impact the preparation for and celebration of Our Lord’s Birth. May your Christmas Season be truly blessed.
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