Beginning Today May 14, 2021:
1. We know that the CDC has recommended a change in mask usage for folks who are vaccinated. As of Friday, mask usage in the Church and other buildings is optional. We will no longer require a mask for everyone, but we are certainly not discouraging use of masks; however, we will no longer ask you to use a mask in the Church.
2. Social distancing is no longer required in the Church. That means all activities may return to 100 percent capacity! We look forward to welcoming you back!
3. For those who are at risk, please know that you are not required to attend mass in person. The Church understands the need to protect your health given your high risk for getting COVID. However, if you are able to come back, and are resuming other activities, it’s time to come back. Please don’t forget that the obligation to attend mass takes effect again next week.
4. The Church will continue to be sanitized regularly. Please also continue to practice good hygiene, as well as sanitizing your hands often.
5. EM’s are still required to sanitize their hands before distributing communion. We will not require a second sanitizing as part of distribution.
6. St. Monica will continue to live stream our daily Masses at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday Masses 9:15 a.m. English Mass and 1 p.m. Spanish Mass.
We know this seems to be rather fast, but we would like to point out a few things. The number of vaccinated individuals increases daily. Almost 40% of the population of Texas has had at least one dose of a vaccine. In Bexar County, 51.4% of the population has received at least one dose, and many of our rural counties have similar percentages. If you haven’t received a vaccine, we highly encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Vaccines are the most important tool we have to end this pandemic. Vaccines are now widely available at many pharmacies and medical clinics. We will continue to monitor the advice of health officials and make changes to our protocols as the progress of the disease unfolds. We must be mindful of those more vulnerable around us, always!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email myself or Fr. Thumma. We are with you and are praying for you in this pandemic.
Fr. Thumma Prathap