Responding to the Delta Variant at Church

Saturday, August 21

A message from Father Wilson:

Responding to the Delta Variant at Church: Health officials are warning us that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious and having the effect of getting people more sick than previous variants. We are currently in what is referred to as “the fourth wave” of the COVID-19 virus. For a picture of the local reality with COVID, I encourage you to visit the Franklin County Board of Health COVID dashboard. Both the Franklin County and Delaware County Boards of Health are encouraging everyone to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This is based on the possibility of “breakthrough” cases for the vaccinated and the possibility of the vaccinated unwittingly transmitting the virus. As a result, I am encouraging all parishioners to wear a mask while at Mass and other indoor parish activities until this current wave of the COVID-19 passes. The North Transept will remain designated for social distancing and mask wearing for all our daily Masses as well as the 6:00 PM Saturday and 5:00 PM Sunday Masses. We will be suspending the sign of peace until this wave of the virus has passed. Furthermore, all our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Greeters, and Altar Servers will be asked to wear a mask when serving. I realize that the mask issue is discouraging and divisive. In our increasingly divided society, we are called to be a witness of unity and charity. Please be respectful of the various strong opinions and emotions that surround this and please seek to build bridges of trust with those with whom you may disagree.

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