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Updated: February 16, 2022

 To be reviewed and updated by the diocesan COVID-19 task force March 15, 2022.  Download a PDF copy of this update below.

Recognizing the uniqueness of space/facilities and comfort level of each parish and its members, the following changes are offered to support our shared commitment to the safety and well-being of all who come together in worship and in the use of our facilities. Each parish/community will need to consider its own readiness and capacity to address the lifting of restrictions. 


  • Masks are mandatory in indoor spaces including at worship, except when consuming food and beverages or presiding at the table. 
  • Signage at all entrances regarding face coverings is required.
  • Continued availability and use of hand sanitizer and wipes.
  • Worship services continue to be capped at 50% capacity unless proof of vaccination is required to attend, in which case full capacity is permitted. 
  • Proof of vaccination must be shown at all indoor events, with the exception of worship services of 50% capacity or less. Those who are not vaccinated are asked to continue to worship online only.  
  • Eucharist in one kind only. 
  • Visitation guidelines for long-term care facilities remain in effect. One-on-one communion permitted (bread only). 
  • Greeters only at distance.
  • Respectful distancing except with family groups or established bubbles.
  • Sharing of the peace through smiling and nodding.
  • Singing is permitted outdoors or indoors when all are masked and distanced. Singing must always be approached with caution as it is a high-risk activity.


  • Coffee/social gathering with a safety plan outlining how food and beverages will be handled. Masking and proof of vaccination required. 
  • Weddings and funeral receptions. Masking and proof of vaccination required.  
  • Pastoral care home visits. Masking required. Vaccination of pastoral visitors strongly recommended.  
  • Ash Wednesday imposition of ashes. 


It is recommended that hospitality be limited to coffee/snacks only until March 15 when Public Health issues it’s next update. Please refrain from hosting a Shrove Tuesday dinner and other community meals.