May 20, 2021
As was announced at all of the Masses this past weekend, our Diocesan protocols with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic were updated in response to Governor Beshear’s executive order, dated May 13, updating the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s protocols. The updated protocols from the Governor lifted the mask and social distancing mandates for fully vaccinated persons.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are fully vaccinated:
1. Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or
2. One week after a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Anyone not meeting these requirements, regardless of age, is not fully vaccinated according to CDC mandates.
Our Diocesan protocols took effect on May 14 and are updated as follows:
1. Fully vaccinated persons may attend Mass and other Liturgical services without wearing a mask.
2. In accordance with this new order, each pastor may determine how best to accommodate seating so that as many parishioners can safely return to the celebration of the Mass.
3. Anyone wishing to continue to wear a mask for his or her own safety or peace of mind is certainly welcome to do so.
4. Persons not fully vaccinated–including priests, deacons and other ministers at the altar–must continue to wear a mask and observe social distance.
5. All other “Safety at Mass” protocols remain in place.
As a result of the above, the Covid-19 protocols at Saint Agnes are updated as follows, effective immediately:
1. Per Diocesan Protocols, fully vaccinated persons may attend Mass and other Liturgical services without wearing a mask.
2. Per Diocesan Protocols, persons not fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines must continue to wear a mask and observe social distancing at Liturgies.
3. We have to rely on people’s honesty with regard to #1 and #2.
4. Anyone wishing to wear a mask for their own safety or peace of mind is welcome to do so.
5. The “Main Body/Nave” of our church will be fully open for seating (no red tape on the pews).
6. All persons are welcome to sit in the Nave or the Annex, but the red tape in the Annex will remain for the time being for persons who prefer to observe social distancing, with or without masks.
7. For Communion, we will continue the practice of approaching the Communion Ministers from the side aisles and returning via the center aisles, maintaining the six foot spacing.
8. We request people to continue to receive Communion in the hand.
9. We will continue to live-stream the 10:30 Mass to the internet.
10. Provision will be made to view Mass in real time and receive Communion in Murphy Hall during the 10:30 Mass so long as there are persons using Murphy Hall at 10:30 Mass.
11. The Sign of Peace will be offered, but we encourage exchanges with members other than one’s household to be “non-physical-contact” types of exchanges of peace (Words only, nods, smiles, etc.)
12. Socially before and after Mass, for the time being we encourage people not to hug or shake hands with persons who are not of their household. (Fist and elbow bumps are fine, and of course cheerful smiles and verbal greetings encouraged.)
13. We plan to resume having the weekday 6:30 AM Mass in the Mass Chapel, beginning on June 1.
Thank you very much for your attention in these protocols. Thank you very much for your attention to and observance of all of the protocols this past year. God bless!