There is a need to anticipate, dialogue, and prepare for a time when our houses of worship and wider community will reopen to a “new normal.” The fact that our diocese spans two state-organized regions necessitates that any plans be implemented locally by vicariates and parish leaders, in accordance with all federal, state, and local civil directives. As such, this document provides theological and liturgical guidance in accordance with the norms of the Roman Catholic Church, taking into consideration the needs of the common good and health of the community. Following the authority of our Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Scharfenberger, as chief liturgist of the diocese, this document includes certain mandates that must be followed, along with guidelines and suggestions for solutions that may work in many parishes, recognizing that no single guideline will meet the needs of every parish, and that some items may be adapted based on local need. While these guidelines seek to define procedures surrounding the Mass, they could be extended to include other, similar public devotions in general. Additional directives specific to sacraments and ministry to the sick and grieving will be forthcoming. 



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