BRIDGEPORT—A fundamental mandate of our Catholic faith is to protect human life. The diocesan coronavirus procedures that are in place have been achieving this mandate.
In recent weeks however, there has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in our area. A few towns have added new restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. Therefore, the following additional guidelines are now in effect:
- If there is a significant increase in the infection rate in your town, then your parishioners must be notified of the increased risk through social media and the parish website.
- Pastors and Parochial Administrators may add further restrictions if necessary, to reduce the risk of infection. The following are some examples of additional actions that may be taken.
a. Outdoor Masses (weather permitting)
b. The suspension of liturgical music
c. Only clergy allowed in the sanctuary
d. Temperature checks as people arrive for Mass
i. Anyone with a temperature greater than 100.3 degrees should not be admitted.
- In order to respond properly to any grave concern regarding an increase of infections in a given area and to maintain proper ecclesial supervision over the public celebration of the sacraments, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the final decision to temporarily suspend Mass in a given parish can only be made by the Bishop or the Vicar General after consulting with the pastor.
As we approach the beginning of Fall and the attendant uncertainties of the coming months, we do so in the knowledge that the protocols we have put in place have protected the lives of our parishioners and priests. I am grateful for your leadership and support, and your continued vigilance as we pray for the end of the pandemic.