We have a lot of people coming to Mass now; this is a good thing since the requirement to attend sunday mass has been reinstated by the Los Angeles archdiocese. However, we are still filled with care and concern for your safety. It is to be mentioned that since we have celebrated during the pandemic in the pavilion and now inside the church, we have not experienced a single outbreak. thanks for your cooperation and the many others who came together to provide livestreaming, drive-thru communion, and mass under the pavilion. plus we had a lovely advent, christmas, lent, and easter season all outdoors.
In the archdiocese, our churches have been abiding by the state and local health dept protocols with pastors also able to implement guidance according to their prudent judgment. This is why some parishes have different procedures at this time, e.g. still hosting outdoor mass services, not hosting certain sacraments, or attendance restrictions. Some of these differences can be explained by the size and layout of a Church, size of parish family, pastoral vision, and general assessments regarding the nature of the parish’s role in nourishing faith needs.
At St. cornelius, we feel we have had a thoughtful and stepped approach to protocols and now the lessening of restrictions. But we also know how difficult these are for some parishioners. people from both sides of masks & social distancing: “protocols are too strict” and “protocols are too loose.” this feedback reflects the general division most have seen in our wider community.
No parish protocols will be perfect, especially since there can be strong feelings on both sides. Based on some recent feedback, a reminder is in order about our protocols. we have also learned that some are/were not aware of them. Here are the updated major COVID protocols we have in place:
1. dispensation from the obligation to attend sunday mass the dispensation from the obligation to attend sunday mass and holy days of obligation has been lifted as of 6/19/2021 per the letter from archbishop jose gomez. "those who have serious and legitimate reasons (e.g. illness, underlying health conditions that render them susceptible to illness, significant fears of becoming ill, etc.) are dispensed from the obligation to attend sunday mass and holy days of obligation." in lieu with this, we will stop livestream of 5pm daily masses, tuesday 7pm holy hour, saturday 7:30 am rosary, and saturday 8:00am daily mass beginning monday, July 12th.
2. SOCIAL DISTANCING we are asking folks to be considerate of others' space. social distancing is no longer required by the health and human services of long beach but kindness at mass is always appreciated. of course, people in the same household have no need to distance.
3. MASKS wearing a mask is required for unvaccinated parishioners. it is now optional for those fully vaccinated per the long beach Health and human services protocols. anyone is welcome to wear a mask and wearing a mask is supposed to reduce risk of transmission. the parish is not permitted to ask who has been vaccinated. With that all said, we also ask parishioners to please refrain from judging others who are or are not wearing masks or those who prefer social distancing.
4. Eucharistic Ministers will wear masks during distribution of holy communion we had a bump in the road when mask restrictions were lifted. at one mass, the eucharistic ministers were not reminded to wear a mask during holy communion distribution. this has since been corrected and communicated. eucharistic ministers and other liturgical ministers will wear masks when in the company of other persons.
5. RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE we strongly recommend everyone to receive the eucharist in hand but If you wish to receive on the tongue, please wait for the end of the communion procession to be administered at the end of the congregation. thank you for your consideration of our church family.
6. eucharist to the homebound & drive-thru communion if You are at high-risk or homebound and want to receive the body of christ, please phone the parish office to make an appointment for one of our deacons or an eucharistic minister to give communion at your residence. we stopped drive-thru holy communion distribution on 6/27/2021.
7. confessions schedule update We have scheduled confessions on Fridays after 5.00 pm mass and on Saturdays after the 8.00 am mass and at 4.00pm. Also if anyone wishes to ask the celebrant after any weekend mass they will be happy to hear their confessions. For the moment confessions will be done in the altar area or the Holy Family room. Masks should be worn for confessions.
8. offertory collection baskets will not be passed For the offertory collection we will continue to have baskets at the entrances as passing baskets is still not allowed.
WE'RE SO HAPPY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK TO MASS. Let’s keep praying for an end to this pandemic so we can be all back together again soon as a parish family.