May 17, 2021
Dear Friends of the Shrine of St. Joseph
After the recent announcements from the Center of Disease Control and St. Louis City and County health officials, Archbishop Rozanski issued the following update to the mandates and protocols issued to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“Effective immediately, the mask mandate issued by Archbishop Rozanski now only applies to all parish faithful who have not received a vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Those who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask during Mass. If you have not been fully vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask while at Mass.
Please be mindful that many people may still be cautious due to health conditions that make them vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. As a result, the pews will
continue to be roped off in the church,
and we ask that you ontinue to maintain social distancing with those around you.”
Archbishop Rozanski leaves in place the dispensation for Sunday Mass at this time, but will be re-evaluating the need for the dispensation in the coming weeks.
Regarding the Distribution of Communion at the Shrine of St. Joseph:
We give thanks to our Patron, Saint Joseph, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose intercession we continue to seek as mandates and protocols issued to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus begin to ease. While the Archbishop’s new mandate on masking will be effective immediately at the Shrine, the current procedure for the distribution of Communion will remain in effect until further notice:
The faithful who wish to receive Communion will remain in their pew and a Priest, a Deacon, or an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist will bring communion to them.
Your continued patience and prayers are greatly appreciated as we continue to update our protocols for the safety of all.
Lastly, anyone who has not yet received vaccination is encouraged to do so. The Missouri Bishops, including Archbishop Rozanski, have stated that although some ethical concerns remain over their development, this “should not keep Catholics from seeking vaccination,” and may even be considered “an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and to sign up in St. Louis County, click on the link: https://stlcountycovidvaccine.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=21483997
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