FROM THE DIOCESE
Other Rites Celebrated in the Church
Since these rites take place in the church, the requirements for preparing the space, physical distancing, the use of music and procedures for liturgical ministers as they apply to the particular rite are to be observed.
Baptism: The baptism of infants and young children are celebrated in the usual manner. In order to respect physical distancing and limit the number of participants, it is recommended that baptisms not be celebrated during Mass at this time. Nor are they to be celebrated communally, i.e., with several families at a time.
Christian Initiation of Adults: The Christian Initiation of Adults (including children of catechetical age) is celebrated during Mass, since the rite includes the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. The Reception into Full Communion is also to be celebrated during Mass.
It is recommended that these rites not take place at this time during the Sunday Mass. Gathering size is to be consistent with current guidelines.
Marriage: Marriages may be celebrated with small communities, according to the number of people permitted by health authorities. Gathering size is to be consistent with current guidelines. The norms for physical distancing pertain to all present with the exception of the bride and groom.
Reconciliation: Opportunities for the celebration of Reconciliation are to be posted for the faithful. An appropriate location where physical distancing can be maintained should be chosen. For those waiting to celebrate the sacrament, physical distancing must be observed. -
Funerals: Funeral may be celebrated in the church, according to the number of people permitted by health authorities. Priests and deacons will collaborate with Funeral Home staff to take all the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all who participate. Gathering size is to be consistent with current guidelines. The Department of Health has provided a guideline for “Compassionate exceptions from self-isolation” for funerals.
First Communion and Confirmation: At present, First Communion and Confirmation under the new restrictions can take place for those children who are prepared and accompanied by their parents or godparents. Gathering size is to be consistent with current guidelines.