I cannot stress strongly enough the need for every parish to follow all safety protocols that have been put in place for the protection of our parishioners, clergy and community. Put simply, none of us can take these procedures for granted because this situation can change very quickly.
While all liturgical directives can be found on the Diocese of Scranton’s website at www.dioceseofscranton.org, the most important liturgical directives include:
· Everyone attending Mass is required to wear a mask except during Holy Communion
· Pews are to be marked for social distancing and parishioners need to maintain six foot social distancing at all times while inside or outside a church
· Properly sanitizing pews and other high-touch surfaces after each Mass
· Encouraging anyone who is ill to stay home
I emphasize this continued vigilance so that we hopefully will not have to suspend public Masses once again.