People have asked me how things are going in my transition to Saint Christopher. I often reply that it feels strange not being able to meet the whole parish family. Now, we take a step closer in welcoming one another and bringing the community together. This weekend marks the end of the general dispensation from attending Sunday Masses. This dispensation does contain a number of situations in which people would be dispensed from coming to Mass, such as being elderly, those who are immunodeficient, etc. It is also understood that parishes continue to follow the health guidelines of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, which our parish has been following.
In light of the change in the dispensation, we are anticipating an increase in Mass attendance this weekend. To ensure that parishioners have the opportunity to come to worship, here are a couple of suggestions to consider:
Arrive early to get a good seat and help the safety volunteers do their job well.
When choosing a pew, think about how you can maintain social distancing while maximizing the space available for others with larger households than yours.
Consider attending the 5 PM Saturday or 11 AM Sunday Masses. The 9:00 AM Sunday Mass is the most highly attended, and this could challenge our social distancing and seating capacity guidelines. Going to another time would be a great help.
The importance of these suggestions is to help everyone have access to the Eucharist, for it is the source and summit of our faith. I hope to see you this weekend.