The bishops of the five dioceses in Indiana have announced, effective on June 11, the lifting for most Catholics of the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation that has been in effect from the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. “With the decrease of cases in our state,” the Indiana bishops wrote, “the widespread availability of vaccines and following the guidance of public health officials, we are now able to safely accommodate more parishioners for Masses.”
The bishops explained how some people are still dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. They include:
those “who are seriously ill, exhibit flu-like symptoms and/or may have a contagious disease (including quarantine due to exposure)”;
those who are unable to attend Mass “through no fault of their own”;
those who are homebound for various reasons;
those who “have compromised health conditions and/or at high risk of contracting the virus”;
those who care for people who are sick or who are “at high-risk of serious illness if they contract the COVID virus.”
Parishioner are encouraged to adhere to the best health practices to protect their households and families.
Clean hands thoroughly before coming to Mass
Pews will be filled keeping and empty pew row between filled pews. A 'filled pew' must meet social distancing guidelines of 6 feet between households.
If possible, bring your own personal hand sanitizer for use during Mass, especially before and after Holy Communion.
Facial masks are required during Mass. Eucharistic Ministers will be asked to wear masks during distribution of Holy Communion.
Saint Susanna Maintenance employees will clean and sanitize pews and restrooms between services.
Those concerned about receiving Holy Communion are not obligated to do so, and can choose not to receive until they are more comfortable.
Holy Communion from the chalice for the faithful remains suspended until further notice.
Receiving Holy Communion in the hand is encouraged during this time (as opposed to receiving on the tongue).
The physical exchange of the sign of peace and the holding of hands during the Lord's Prayer is suspended.
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