Our masses in the Parish Center allowed the St. Matthias the Apostle community to meet each week at a greater capacity. We are now meeting each weekend in the church, and within the next few weeks, music books and holy water will be returning. Please be supportive of our friends and neighbors, especially those under the age of 12, those who have significant interaction with those who cannot be vacinated, and others who choose to continue to wear a mask while attending mass. Fully vacinated individuals attending mass in the church do not need to wear masks.The Sign of Peace has been reinstated, and a non-contact sign of peace is still recommended (head bow, wave, but no handshakes).
Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski is lifting the dispensation of the obligation to attend Holy Mass as of July 1, 2021.
Please note that parishioners who are sick, homebound, immunocompromised and gravely concerned for their health retain the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, which has always been the case in normal times.
The distribution of the Chalice of the Precious Blood during Holy Communion remains prohibited until further notice from the USCCB.
As a reminder, the archdiocese recommends that individuals who have not received a vaccine should follow CDC guidelines. We ask that they be thoughtful of their own health and that of their community in monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms related to the use of masks and when it comes to social distancing.
Fr. Port and the Archdiocese will be sharing information and changes as they become available.