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September 3, 2020   |   VOL. 1 No. 20
Faith Formation During COVID
The Faith Formation and Youth Ministry teams have developed guidance to ensure we can continue with our mission of teaching the faith while keeping everyone safe and healthy. Please review this letter, which provides guiding principles to support your efforts in reopening your programs safely. English  |  Spanish
In-person ministry
As a reminder, in-person ministry may NOT exceed 3 hours and may NOT include any food or drink. While in Phase 2, all in-person ministry must not exceed 25% of room capacity and in Phase 3, in-person ministry must not exceed 50% of room capacity. However, please note that if parish ministry meetings are taking place in a school building, then no more than 5 people may be in a classroom, followed by proper sanitization and cleaning.

Congregational Singing
At this time, we still highly discourage congregational singing. We recognize this is more restrictive than what the Governor allows. However, given the data and science behind the increased spread of the coronavirus through singing, we will remain firm in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Communion Reminders
During this time, it is temporarily the policy of the Archdiocese to ask the faithful, out of concern for others, to receive Communion in the hand only. During Communion, each Eucharistic minister must have a hand sanitizing station available should they make contact with someone’s hand. Everyone wishing to receive must approach wearing a mask and may only remove the mask when they are ready to consume the Host. Once they’ve consumed the Host, they must put their mask on and return to their pew or exit the building if Communion is held at the end of the Mass. 
Changes to screening questions
Based on new research, the screening for symptoms of COVID-19 have been updated now to include: 
  • has temp of 100.4 instead of 100.0 
  • addition of diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose/congestion and fatigue
New and Updated Documents
There have been many changes since the original “Reopening Plan template” was provided. To help parishes follow the most recent guidance, we created the Reopening Plan Tune Up Addendum. Please review this document and update it accordingly for your parish. Save a copy of it in your safety binder and submit a copy of it to  Additionally, here are the latest versions of the Control, Mitigation and Exposure Checklists:
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