Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Reopening Churches

In person daily masses will resume June 1

Andrew Limberg
May 26, 2020 - 4:19 pm

Diocese of Pittsburgh/ Fr. Nick Vaskov

 PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Churches in the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese will begin offering daily mass next Monday, June 1 and weekend masses on June 6 and 7.

Bishop David Zubik says the reopening alight with local, state and federal guidelines.

On Monday June 1 Churchs will open for daily mass along with private prayer and confessions, weddings funerals and baptisms. No more than 25 people will be in attendance.

Social Distancing of six feet or more must be followed.

Weekend masses will allow about 25 percent capacity and each pastor will “assess his specific situation and determine a method for keeping track of the number of people attending and controlling attendance so it does not exceed allowable limits.”

On Monday, June 8 , Daily mass will increase to 25 percent, with the possibility of attendance percentage rates changing in the following weeks.

The diocese has released the following reminders:

  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.
  •  Live streaming Masses will continue.
  • This is a fluid situation, and Bishop Zubik, in consultations with a diocesan COVID-19 Task Force, will continue to monitor and evaluate the reopening process and make adjustments as warranted.
  •   In all phases of reopening, the Diocese of Pittsburgh will remain in alignment with local, state, and federal public health and safety guidelines. Parishioners will be required to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and maintain social distancing of six feet (side-to-side, as well as front and back).
  •   Although beginning June 1 churches are permitted to open for daily Mass, it should not be expected that all churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will do so. The decision to reopen a church rests with pastors, who need to base their decisions on a number of factors including their ability to comply with CDC cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The diocese is offering support to pastors and parish teams as they assess their spaces and their ability to meet all safety requirements.

“I ask for your continued prayers and patience as we find our way back home to our churches together,” Bishop Zubik said. “May knowing that Jesus is there waiting for us in the Holy Eucharist give us the strength we need to continue to navigate through these challenging times. I’d also like to offer a word of appreciation for our clergy and their parish teams for all their hard work. I know they are eager to celebrate Mass together once again, as am I.”

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