Mental Health Awareness
The on-going pandemic and the corresponding exhaustion and emotional fatigue that we are feeling continues, combined with seasonal changes and more difficulty connecting with the people and supports that typically help us cope. Young people may be even more at risk due to less access to their typical social networks. Please read this Health Advisory, which provides recommendations and resources.
We know many of you are planning your Christmas Mass Schedule. Please know that Archbishop Etienne has given permission for priests to celebrate up to four Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We highly encourage parishes to consider a Family Mass on both days. Please know we are awaiting a response on the request to start Christmas Eve Masses earlier on Thursday. We will alert you as soon as we hear back from the USCCB.
Since we anticipate more people for the Christmas Mass, we encourage parishes to consider using additional spaces to safely accommodate as many people as possible. This may include your gym or cafeteria. Please be sure to think through all safety protocols and submit your plans to SeattleMass2020@seattlearch.org for approval.
You may want to consider adding COVID supervisors to your team by having them take the training here and registering their names with firstname.lastname@example.org All your ministers and volunteers should review the safety protocols and ensure they are helping parishioners follow the rules of 6 feet of distancing and mask wearing from the moment they arrive on your campus. Please discourage any unmasked or close gathering of people before, during and after the events you hold.
Based on updated guidance from the CDC, we have updated the Control/Mitigation/Exposure Checklists below:
The question about travel is no longer necessary for screening. The CDC has indicated that travel alone is not a risk factor, but the behavior of the traveler. Therefore, it is important that the question around exposure remains in place.
You will no longer be required to wipe down the entire pew between each Mass. It will be important to focus cleaning efforts on high-touch areas such as the tops of the pew and door handles between each Mass. Additionally, while the church is open during the day, we recommend a once daily wipe down. This change is due to widespread use of masks, which reduce the contamination of surfaces as well as the new science and information, which highlights that the virus is primarily transmitted through the air and not through contact surfaces.
Kaufer’s Update on Wine
To extend the life of your wine in opened bottles, Kaufer's recommends transferring wine from opened jugs into 750ml bottles and using the stopper device on those. They recommend a simple stopper or the Vacuum stopper.