The Sunday 7:45 a.m. Masswill retain all current protocols for the benefit of any parishioners who would feel unsafe in a more relaxed setting. For this Mass masks and distancing remain mandatory and all other precautions currently practiced will remain in place.
The 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturdays, beginning May 23, and the 9:45 a.m. Mass on Sundays, beginning May 24, will be mask-optional for fully vaccinated individuals, the same option applies to the 6-foot separation between households. If neighboring Mass attendees are uncomfortable without the 6-foot separation, of course, we ask that this distance be maintained.
At the 7:45 Mass, Communion will be distributed by Eucharistic Ministers circulating throughout the church to recipients remaining in their places; there will be no communion procession.
The communion procession will be reinstateed during the Saturday Vigil Mass and the 9:45 Sunday morning Mass.
Communion will still be available in the courtyard after all weekend Masses for the benefit of any parishioners uncomfortable, or at risk, indoors.
More details about changing public health measures in effect will be posted as they become available.
From Bishop Weisenburger:
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
Corpus Christi Catholic Church / 300 N Tanque Verde Loop Road / Tucson, AZ 85748 / 520-751-4235