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Masks, social distance optional after June 2

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Now that the bishops of Ohio have lifted the dispensation from our obligation to attend Sunday Mass, and our diocese has issued directives for returning to certain pre-pandemic practices, here is what you can expect at St. Francis Xavier Parish.

  • Masks are no longer required for those who have been fully vaccinated.
  • Those who are unvaccinated or at risk, please consider continuing to wear a face covering.
  • Social distancing is no longer required. However, a section of the pews in the back half of the Church will be roped off for those who would like to continue to be socially distant, at this time.
  • Holy water will return to the fonts.
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be required to wear a mask, at this time, while distributing Holy Communion.
  • Distribution of Holy Communion will no longer be available after weekday Masses beginning Wednesday, June 2.
  • We will continue to collect the offertory at the end of Mass in the vestibules, at this time.
  • Readings and music will continue to be provided in the church bulletin, at this time.
  • Livestreaming will continue at the 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. Masses, at this time.
  • All entrances of the church will be opened, including the church basement and breezeway for your convenience.

Due to the small size of our confessionals, our priests will continue to hear confessions behind the room dividers near the altar, where you also may speak face-to-face if you choose. Confessions are at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday, and after the 7:30 a.m. Mass on First Fridays of each month.

We thank you for your support and prayers as we have navigated this journey. We have worked hard to offer options to meet everyone where they are, so that as many as possible may continue to draw close to and encounter the Lord. Remember, if you are feeling anxious or under the weather at all, or are immune-compromised, you are not obligated to return to Mass at this time.

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