In charity and for the protection of our priests and all others, please do not come to the parish if you are exhibiting any signs of being sick, even if you believe it is just a cold or allergies. These signs include but are not limited to the following: cough, fever, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, stomach issues, etc.
As stated in the most recent Diocesan Decree (Phase 3 Update – April 21, 2021), we will continue to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety and health of others. From the decree:
- While there is no diocesan-wide capacity requirement (either minimum or maximum), nor is there any requirement to leave every other row empty during Mass, pastors should establish a space (either a separate Mass time or a separated space in the church) that provides a fully socially-distanced environment for those with concerns about gathering.
- It is strongly encouraged that those present in a church building wear proper face coverings, with the expectation that masks be worn out of charity for others.
- All Catholics of the Diocese of Dallas remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass “on Sundays and other holy days of Obligation” (canon 1247). The requirement to receive communion during the Easter season (canon 920) may be fulfilled at another time during the year.
- While all are encouraged to seek out a vaccine for COVID-19, parishes may not require that members of the Faithful present proof of vaccination for entrance into a church or parish building.
- Pastors must remain mindful of the health concerns of their parishes and of the need to avoid unnecessarily large groupings of people.
Currently, no signups are required to attend Mass.
Please be advised – Rev. Karl Pikus, F.S.S.P. has limited attendance to his parishioners only at St. Benedict Parish, Fort Worth.