Interesting Maxims From St. Philip Neri
Saint Augustine of Canterbury: If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again

And Suddenly...Oxygen

MaskJust about everything "back to normal."

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


- “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