No more mandatory masks.
Please note that the guidelines use the word "may" not "must." Much of the detail is left to the discretion of the local pastor.
- Pastors should devise a liturgical schedule appropriate for parish’s needs at this time.
- All doors may be utilized for entrance and exit of church.
- Barriers, tape, cords to maintain social distancing may be removed.
- Sanitizing of pews and other furnishing after each Mass may be discontinued
- Hand sanitizers should continue to be made available.
- Restrooms may be restored to full use.
- Blessed Water may be placed in fonts.
- Missals and hymnals may be placed in pew book racks.
- Bulletins, worship aids etc. may be distributed.
- The continued use of livestreaming is encouraged for the benefit of the homebound
CELEBRATION OF MASS
- “Parking Lot Masses” and “In Car” reception of the Eucharist” should be discontinued.
- Pastors are encouraged to invite liturgical ministers to resume their ministry.
- All ministers of Holy Communion should wear masks while distributing the Holy Eucharist.
- Receiving Holy Communion in the hand continues to be strongly encouraged although Holy Communion may be received on the tongue as well.
- The procession for Holy Communion is strongly encouraged at the usual time at Mass.
- The usual procession of ministers to and from sanctuary may resume.
- Music Ministers may return to their usual ministry.
- The collection may be taken up as in the past.
- The presentation of the gifts by the faithful may resume.
- The use of separate chalices for concelebrants and deacons is encouraged for the time being.
- Sharing chalices for the faithful is not permitted at this time. Holy Communion is to be distributed by the sacred host only.
- The Sign of Peace may resume.
- Greeting people at the church door may resume.
- Washing the sacred vessels with warm water and soap after each Mass should continue.
- Confessionals may be used where there is proper ventilation and space. Where there is no proper ventilation and space, pastors should arrange an appropriate place for confessions.
- Sanitizer and masks should be available and used by the priest and the penitent.
- More than one infant may be baptized at the same ceremony.
- The blessing and the pouring of water from a pitcher is recommended.
- Q-Tips may continue to be used for the anointings.
- The baptismal garment may be placed upon the newly baptized.
- Group photos may be taken.
- Nuptial Masses may be offered.
- Worship Aides may be utilized.
- Greetings at the door and the Sign of Peace may be exchanged.
- Group photos may be taken.
- Vigil Services at funeral homes may now resume where previously suspended.
- “Open casket” visitation in church before the Mass is permitted.
- The use of the pall may resume.
- Parish meetings and socials may resume. Refreshments may be served observing local health protocols.
- Masks and social distancing requirements are lifted except as noted above on Friday 5/28 and these revisions to pandemic protocols as well as full occupancy of churches are to be implemented on Friday 6/4. The dispensation from Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation is lifted except as noted above on 6/5.
Approved by Most Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.
Bishop of Trenton
May 26, 2021
Feast of St. Philip Neri