Updated Guidance for Masses, Parish Ministries and Celebrations of the Sacraments - May 15, 2021
Bishop Zarama has continued to dispense the faithful from their Sunday obligation. While this dispensation is applicable to all, it is continued primarily for the elderly, sick, those with pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerable people.
As more of the general population becomes vaccinated and federal and/or state COVID-19 restrictions are eased, parishes are encouraged to do the following:
Refrain from Communion from the chalice and/or shaking hands during the Sign of Peace.
Take additional precautions when distributing Holy Communion, including frequent use of hand sanitizer by Eucharistic Ministers.
Continue to maintain a section of seating in which strict social distancing and mask wearing protocols remain in place to accommodate non-vaccinated or other vulnerable people.
Here at St. Brendan, two sections will be available for “strict social distancing and mask wearing protocols to accommodate non-vaccinated or other vulnerable people.” These sections are the two “corner” sections that are closest to the long walls on either side of the sanctuary, on the far right (choir) and far left (bell tower side) as you walk into church from the Gathering Space. The rest of the church (the two center sections on either side, the two “angle” sections on either side, and the parish hall for overflow if needed) are unrestricted seating in every pew as before the pandemic and “no mask mandate/optional mask wearing.”
Prayer of St. Brendan the Navigator
"Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust in the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You." ...