It’s a call to rejoice!
San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy invited Roman Catholics to attend in-person Masses as early as June 8 after closing for COVID-19 in mid-March, said CBS8.
“After a great deal of discussion, we concluded that the first weekend for the public celebration of the Eucharist in our parishes should be the feast of Corpus Christi, June fourteenth,” Bishop Robert McElroy said.
“This seems a beautifully symbolic and joyful feast in which to bring together anew our Eucharistic communities,” he added.
There are an estimated 1.3 million Roman Catholics in the San Diego County Diocese.
According to the report, Parishes may adopt different logistics, such as indoors, outdoors, or a hybrid.
The announcement comes as churches statewide looked forward to guidance Monday from Gov. Gavin Newsom on how they can reopen, said the report.
But McElroy said a weekday opening has been suggested.
“Thus, if a pastor wishes to initiate daily Mass from Monday, June 8, that will be permitted,” he wrote in the two-page letter.
Meanwhile, diocesan Vice Chancellor Kevin C. Eckery said Church services like baptisms, weddings, and funeral Masses will be allowed beginning the second week of June.
But there will be distancing and other measures to adhere to.
The new rules will include:
- No wine (traditionally shared from a communal same glass) during Communion, and wafers will placed on the tongue.
- Face masks will be required.
- Hand sanitizers should be used.
- Physical distancing will be compulsory.
- Hymns will be restricted.
“Masses will need to be shorter, essential liturgical parts shall be retained and some can be omitted and a few others are outright forbidden,” Eckery said.