Welcome Back to Mass
Welcome Back to Mass
WHAT IS CHANGING
1. Fully vaccinated persons will no longer be required to wear face coverings while at Mass. No proof of vaccination is required.
(This includes Lectors, cantors, musicians, ushers, altar servers and Eucharistic Ministers)
2. Social distancing will no longer be observed at all masses.
3. Parishioners will no longer need to register for Mass or go through screening and all may enter through the main doors of the Church.
4. Ushers will no longer seat all members of the congregation, nor dismiss them after Mass.
5. No barriers will be used during the distribution of communion.
6. The offertory procession and collection during Mass will be restored.
7. Hymnals will be restored to the pews, and congregational singing will be permitted.
8. The baptismal font will be available throughout the week.
9. Lay Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick may resume home visits.
10. St. Olaf will return to its pre-COVID Sunday Mass schedule beginning June 5-6, 2021 (Sunday 8:00 and 10:00am).
WHAT IS NOT CHANGING
1. UNVACCINATED PERSONS (5 years old and older) must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering while at Mass or liturgical celebrations.
(This includes Lectors, cantors, musicians, ushers, altar servers and Eucharistic Ministers).
2. The precious Blood will not be distributed to deacons and the faithful until further notice.
3. Livestream Masses will continue (note the change of time to 10am on June 6).
4. The faithful should continue to refrain (outside their household group) from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer and
shaking hands at the Sign of Peace.
DISPENSATION FROM SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION ENDS JUNE 26th - 27th
We will continue to live stream Masses for those whom the obligation does not apply
Due to the progress our country has made in curbing the Coronavirus, Bishop Knestout is discontinuing the dispensation of the faithful from attending Sunday Mass, and encourages the faithful to full in-person celebration of the Mass.
This obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus, another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions.
Safety protocols and other liturgical directives remain in effect until modified or revoked by the Bishop.
Weekday Masses will remain at 10:00am (Tuesday – Friday) until further notice.