COVID-19 Protocol Changes Effective 5/22/21

The bishop has updated guidance based on CDC recommendations issued this past week: starting May 22nd/23rd, Newman will be designating the Saturday 5:15PM Vigil Mass as the COVID-19 Protocols liturgy with social distancing and masks still in effect.

A reminder that masks will still be required at all of our liturgies for those not fully vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible to bring a
faster end to this pandemic. Entrance to the chapel will still be done through the North and South Doors that we’ve been using the past several months. Thanks for your continued patience with us, patience with one another, and of course your prayers. More to come after our Staff Planning Days.

Dear Faithful Catholic:

As you probably are aware, the CDC has announced that facemasks and social distancing are no longer required at indoor events for those who have been fully vaccinated. This is great news! However, in charity we must recall those who cannot be vaccinated or fear the possible transmission of the Covid-19 virus to vulnerable family members. Indeed, charity and understanding remain the hallmarks of the true followers of Jesus Christ. For this reason I am asking each pastor to provide one weekend Mass that keeps the full protocols in place. All remaining weekend Masses will resume without requiring facemasks or social distancing.

This change in protocols will begin on the weekend of Pentecost (May 22/23). If you prefer a Mass without protocols then I urge you to check your parish web site which will show which weekend Mass retains the protocols and the remaining weekend Masses which will be celebrated without protocols.

As we move forward let us not forget those whose lives were lost, those who were gravely impacted by the Coronavirus, or the vulnerable who walk with us still.

May God bless you abundantly,
+Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger