COVID-19 Public Liturgy Precautions

December 30, 2020

Greetings.

In an effort to share accurate infomation about the COVID-19 vaccines and to ecourage our ethnic communities to be vaccinated when possible, we are pleased to provide translations, for distribution, of the announcement of the Cardinal receiving the initial dose of the vaccine. 

The Cardinal was invited by and ecouraged to receive the vaccine from the highly skilled medical professionals at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Principally becsusde of this age, 76, there is also a need for people in leadership positions to send the message of both the importance of being vaccinated as well as, for our fsith community the moral legitimacy of the vaccine and obligation to accept it when possible to protect and save lives and promote the common good.

Available transaltions as of today:

Spanish click here.

Portuguese click here.

We are grateful to Natalia Pellicano, in Evangelizatiomn and Discipleship, for providing these translations.

If you have any questions about the vaccines please email [email protected]. MC Sullivan, Chief Healthcare Ethicist for the Archdiocese of Boston, witl be able to respond to any questions.

Thank you.

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As we continue phasing through our reopening process during this pandemic, please be mindful of the guidelines set by the Archdiocese of Boston for liturgy and ministry:

What We Can Do, but with Restrictions

1. Public liturgies--including baptisms, weddings and funerals--have resumed, with pre-resgistration for Sunday Masses. All persons in attendance are required to wear a mask at all times, except for children under the age of two and those exempt due to medical reasons. Children between the ages of two and five are to be masked at the parents' discretion. Social distancing at the standard distance of at least 6 feet remains necessary. Once a church has reached capacity for a given Mass, no more persons may be allowed to register or attend (for our churches: 90 for MPB, 66 for St. Anne, 60 for St. Pius X).

2. Everyone attending and assiting at Mass will have their temperature taken with a non-touch thermometer before coming into the church. If your temperature is over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, do not expect to enter the building. 

3. Baptisms, First Communions and Confirmations, whether they were to take place within the Easter Vigil ceremonies or on another scheduled date, are allowed to be rescheduled in coordination with the regional auxilliary bishop or episcopal vicar. 

4. Priests, deacons and lay ministers may assist at wake services, but only outside the posted hours of the wake and only with immediately family present.

What We Still Can't Do

1. Altar servers and choirs may not assist at Mass or other liturgies. Congregational singing is also not permitted at this time. 

2. Receving the Host on the tongue, and receving from the Chalice at all, is not permitted at this time. 

3. Communion calls are not yet allowable except for the viaticum (i.e., if the intended communicant is near or in danger of death); in such case, all proper protections should be put in place. 

4. Small groups, such 12-step programs, may not meet face-to-face. 

5. Photography sessions, such as for weddings, inside the church are not manageable at this time and are not permitted. 

Questions?

Any questions regarding these protocols may be sent to [email protected].

Please get tested if you--

  • have symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath)
  • live with, or are a caregiver for, someone who has tested positive
  • have had direct physical contact (hugging, kissing, etc.), or shared eating or drinking utensils, with someone who's tested positive
  • have been within 6 feet of someone who's tested positive for 15 or more minutes within 2 days of their showing symptoms

Last updated: October 12, 2020

 


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