As we anticipate all of the signs of new life, both within this new season of spring as well as the season of the resurrection, I want to offer this update in terms of changes to our current pandemic protocols. Barring any unforeseen rise in case counts of Covid 19 etc., we are planning that as of Palm Sunday, April 10th, 2022, the following will apply:
- Facemasks must be worn at all times by those over 2 years of age who are physically capable of removing their own facemask. They may not be removed to sing, read, preach or preside at the Eucharist.
- The length of all indoor services of worship will not exceed 60 minutes.
- Capacity limits will be lifted as well as distancing requirements in terms of seating arrangements, meaning that registration by Eventbrite will no longer be required.
- You will be able to enter or exit the Cathedral by either the Great West Doors or the parking lot door.
- We will no longer bring communion to you in the pews, rather, there will be two or three communion stations from which to receive. We will be resuming the use of the common cup and invite you, if you choose, to receive the wine in this way. Intinction (dipping the wafer into the chalice) is not allowed.
- Touching the chalice as the administration sentence is offered is permitted.
- The Passing of the Peace will continue in our current pattern, remaining in our pews.
- Church Offering will continue to be “collected” upon your entry to worship.
- As we are still unable to have food or drink in any of our church activities, we will continue to suspend coffee hour until such time as we can safely resume that ministry.
These past 2 years have extremely challenging with various opinions being held regarding our many processes and protocols. As we move into this new stage in what has been a long journey, we pray for a continued generosity of spirit as we engage one another and move into a more normative ministry experience. My thanks for your patience, understanding, and support throughs these days as we have navigated what often felt like very turbulent seas. My thanks especially to all in our Cathedral leadership for all of your wisdom and insights as we worked through these days, we are blessed indeed.