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Message from Bishop Bambera
August 6, 2021
GUIDANCE FOR MASSES
The Bishop is strongly recommending that all parishioners wear a mask while attending Mass – regardless of vaccination status. While masks will not be mandated in our parishes at this time, we must all continue to be vigilant against this emerging health threat. In fact, as Catholics, we have a responsibility to protect our friends and neighbors. In order to safeguard our community, the Bishop has also requested that altar servers wear masks and all Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers return to wearing masks during the distribution of Holy Communion.
Parishioners who have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need/want to continue wearing masks and taking precautions while attending Mass.
Please use hand sanitizer upon entering the church. The Sign of Peace is to be celebrated without physical contact between non-family members. Distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended at this time. Liturgical singing can take place without any restrictions. Cantors, quartets and choirs may be used without any restrictions.
While ongoing progress is being made to address the spread of COVID-19 with vaccinations, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Masses on Holy Days has been reinstated as of Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Diocese of Scranton 2021 Diocesan Annual Appeal “Rising together in Christ”
If you haven’t yet made a donation to the Appeal, please consider going to: https://annualappeal.org/donate-now/ to make your Appeal gift now and help our parish reach its Annual Appeal goal. A gift of any amount is welcome. Thank you.
Filled with faith, hope and charity, the faithful of Ascension and Saint Katharine Drexel parishes are united as disciples of Jesus Christ. With Christ and under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to continue to celebrate the faith and traditions of the Catholic Church. We seek to inspire others to build a closer relationship with God by reaching out in love through worship, prayer, fellowship, and sharing the Gospel.