The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance stating that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing”, so does this mean we still need to wear a mask while on church grounds? The short answer is “yes”, we recommend all people wear masks while on church grounds. Why so? The problem is that we have no way to know who has been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t. The other issue is that our Governor has required masks to be worn until mid June. We’re almost there, please continue to be patient.
I’ve been taking informal polls at Masses about reducing the safe distance from 6 to 3 feet and there’s about 15% of our parishioners who, for health reasons, want to maintain the 6-foot safe distancing rule. For this reason, and because our attendance allows us to maintain the 6′ rule, I believe it’s prudent to just remove the box barriers from the pews in the back 1/3 of the church. The front 2/3 of the pews will still meet the 6 foot distancing standard for those who have safety concerns. Of course, as more people start attending Mass we’ll slowly reduce the safe distance from 6′ to 3′ to less than 3′ for the entire church.
Another exciting announcement is that all of our ministry related groups are now allowed to meet inside. This includes the Knights of Columbus, PALS, Social Justice, charismatic prayer groups, Fire, Ignite, Rosary, etc. Please see Gina Mock to reserve your meeting space.
We are planning a “reopening weekend, ministry faire and good bye to Fr Dave”, June 13th, 2021. Starting the 13th we will return to our previous Mass schedule. This means there will no longer be outside field Masses and all Masses will be in the Church.
Please note that since the number of COVID vaccinations has risen and the number of cases has dramatically declined, therefore, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will be eliminated.
It is with great joy and my privilege to announce that Fr. Randy Guillen will be the new Administrator for St Angela Merici Parish. Fr Randy comes to us from St. Joachim Church in Costa Mesa where he served as a Parochial Vicar. I’m truly excited about his coming here and believe wholeheartedly that he’ll be perfect for St Angela’s. Now of course, after being around me for 4 years you know that no priest is perfect, we all have strengths and areas for growth, but I know he’ll bring strengths that I didn’t possess and will take our Parish to the next level. I look forward to sharing more with you in the next couple months. So please stay tuned and welcome Fr Randy when he arrives in July when my sabbatical begins. Fortunately for St. Angela’s Fr. Francis will remain here for at least another year to help show Fr Randy the ropes and make his transition as smooth as possible. Until then please start praying for Fr Randy as he makes the transition into his new parish home. And as always your prayers for me are much appreciated as well.
Love and blessings, Fr Dave