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COVID-19 Precautions

As we continue through the pandemic, the following are the current precautions we are taking at the Cathedral:
  • The use of face coverings is encouraged. We are pleased to make disposable, surgical-type masks available (usually in a container located on the baptismal font), for those who wish to take one. There are exemptions in the face mask ordinance for religious services and reasons of health.
  • At Sunday Masses, the priest distributes Holy Communion on the tongue and the deacon distributes in the hand; you may choose which line you prefer. The priest and deacon sanitize their hands prior to distributing Holy Communion, and wear masks while doing so.
  • Altar servers wear masks while assisting with Holy Communion (i.e., holding the communion patens or standing as sentries near the communion line).
  • Every other pew is roped off, in order to add some social distancing space between rows. Within rows, we encourage a distance of at least 6′ between parties not of the same household/family.
  • The collection is not taken up by ushers. There are brown wooden receptacles – one located by the baptismal font, one by the side entrance – where you may leave your offertory donations. We are grateful for your generosity! If there is a second collection, it will be announced, and there will be a white receptacle on a table on the edge of the sanctuary where your donations may be left after Mass. Also, please consider using our e-giving option.
  • We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer if you wish to use it. Due to theft we cannot leave bottles of sanitizer out in the church.
  • WE ASK THAT ANYONE WHO IS SICK OR, SPECIFICALLY, MANIFESTS THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, STAY HOME AND/OR SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT!!
  • All are reminded that there is currently a dispensation from Sunday and Holy Day worship, through November 22. Read more here.
Holy Water is available in the font/stoups as you enter the church. There is also a tank (with a spigot) in the back corner of the church, from which you can fill your own holy water bottles. A printed sheet is included in the bulletin containing the readings and the propers of the Mass. Please take a bulletin as you enter, if you wish to follow the Mass using this resource. Otherwise, missalettes are available in the pew bookracks.