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The Celebrations of Liturgies at St. John and St. Kilian - What You Need To Know

The Archdiocese has published guidelines to help congregations and pastors make the best decisions about any semi-public celebrations of Mass.  If you have read all 54 of the guidelines, you understand the nature of this “go slow and use caution” set of restrictions.

I will begin with the basic and most important guidelines in my own responsibilities as the guardian of our faith communities listed in the new regulations:

~ There still will be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass to contract the Coronavirus.

~ There is no pre-determined timeline for how long restrictions will be in place.

~ Priests and deacons over age 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions, must first receive permission from the Archbishop/Vicar for Clergy before publically celebrating Mass by contacting the Vicar for Clergy.

While the other 51 directives, guidelines, and considerations are difficult and, in some cases, nearly impossible to implement, my greatest concern is for the health and welfare of all our members, community, and visitors.

With all this in mind, it is my decision that we will continue to only live-stream Masses from St. John and St. Kilian Churches through the months of May, June, and July.  In my role of leadership, this has been a very difficult decision, but one made with a firm conscience and following the moral imperative to never approve actions that might endanger the lives of others.  Because of my desire to protect all of you, especially our elderly, those with compromised health and health care workers, and those who are considered necessary workers, it is out of concern and respect for their lives that this decision was made.  As many of you know, I am having weekly cancer treatments which have given me low blood counts and little ability to fight infections.  Whenever you go in public, think about people whose lives you might save by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, using hand sanitizer, and only leaving home for necessary tasks.  The lives you save might be that of your grandparents, health care workers and first responders, children and teens, friends and neighbors, and maybe even your priest.  Make their need to be protected a reason for your diligent caution in any public situation. Think of their faces as you put on your mask each time you go out.

As other decisions are made to slowly and cautiously open any other areas to the public, I would strongly encourage everyone to take seriously the need to wear masks, strictly observe social distancing, the use of effective handwashing, hand sanitizer, and the use of gloves in public places.  We are “Safer at Home.”  For the necessary and unavoidable need to get certain tasks done to provide for ourselves, our families, and others, it is important to take every precaution possible.

With a number of vaccines now in development, as well as other drugs and expanding testing and tracing procedures, there is hope as well as a path forward on the horizon. Until those goals are reached, the greatest precautions and care needs to be taken.

                                                                                                                                                                                 ~ Fr. David