Beginning August 15, 2021, all Catholics in the Diocese of Allentown will once again be obligated to attend Mass on weekends and on holy days of obligation, per Bishop Alfred Schlert. It is always the case that those who are ill, those who believe they have been exposed to a contagious disease, those who feel they are medically compromised, and those confined to their homes, are not obligated to attend Mass. This standard dispensation will continue.
Church now open to full capacity.
**New Masking Requirements for Distribution of Holy Communion and for Ushers (as of 8/6/2021):
All priests, deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be wearing masks while distributing Holy Communion at Mass, regardless of their vaccination status.
Ushers will be wearing masks when greeting parishioners, and while taking up the collection, regardless of their vaccination status.
All ministers of Holy Communion will be required to use sanitizing stations.
The Sign of Peace and Distribution of the Precious Blood (drinking from the Chalice) remain suspended.
Masking required for those not yet fully vaccinated (2 weeks after 2nd dose; on “the honor system”); optional for others
Return of all liturgical ministries, including music, according to individual comfort level
Continued sanitization of worship and gathering spaces