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May 1, 2020
Greetings to everyone –
We hope you are doing well and still healthy.  The COVID-19 virus has greatly altered everyone’s life, but there is some light on the horizon.  As you probably know, the state of Missouri plans on relaxing some of the restrictions of activities beginning Monday, May 4.  Along with that, Bishop McKnight has informed us that we may resume public Masses on that same day.  For Sacred Heart, that means we will resume public Masses on Tuesday, May 5.  However, there will be restrictions, just as there will still be restrictions placed upon businesses and other public places as they reopen.
The most obvious limitation will be how many people may attend each Mass.  The Bishop told us that each parish must abide by the guidelines of the local civil authority.  In our case, that means we must follow the guidelines of the city of Columbia.  On Thursday afternoon, the city issued its guidelines.  They are very detailed, but the most pertinent detail has to do with the maximum number of people allowed in the church.
The guidelines state that the maximum number of persons allowed will be 25% of the usual authorized occupancy.  To do this, we will block off some of the pews, with spacing between to help keep distance.  Each family may sit together, but there must be at least six feet of space between each family.  We ask that groups or families of only one or two people sit in the small pews on the sides of the church, so as not to take up an entire large pew.  Once the available pews are taken, we cannot allow any more to enter the church.
Along with the city’s guidelines, those of the diocese are as follow:
            Everyone who enters the church must wear a mask
            Those will health issues or symptoms of an illness are encouraged not to attend Mass
            Those over the age of 60 are encouraged not to attend Mass
                        [The Bishop has given to everyone a dispensation from the obligation
to attend Sunday Mass until June 30]
            Communion will be distributed at Mass but must be received in the hand
            Communion cups will not be offered
Once our public Masses resume on May 5, we will return to our regular Mass and confession schedule we had before the shutdown.  Since there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass at this time, and since we are trying to accommodate as many people as possible with the limitations, we ask that some of you consider attending Mass during the week rather than on Sunday in order to spread out the number of people attending.
Attached is the letter from the Bishop explaining in detail the requirements for attending Mass at this time.  Thank you all so much for your patience and faith during this time.
May God bless you –
Fr. Francis
1 de mayo, 2020
Saludos a todos –
Esperamos que estén bien y sanos.  El virus COVID-19 ha cambiado mucho la vida de todos, pero hay luz en el horizonte.  Como probablemente ya saben, el estado de Missouri va a relajar las restricciones de actividades empezando el 4 de mayo.  Con esto, el obispo McKnight nos ha informado que podemos reasumir las misas públicas en ese día.  Para nosotros en Sagrado Corazón, vamos a empezar las misas publicas el martes, 5 de mayo.  Sin embargo, harán algunas restricciones, como harán restricciones todavía en los negocios y otros lugares públicos cuando reanudan.  
La limitación más obvia será el número de personas que pueden asistir a cada misa.  El obispo dice que cada parroquia debe seguir las directrices de la ciudad en que está.  En nuestro caso, tenemos que seguir las directrices de la ciudad de Columbia.  El jueves, la ciudad anunció sus directrices.  Son muy detalladas, pero la cosa más importante tiene que ver con el número máximo de personas permitido en la iglesia. 
La directrices dicen que el número máximo de personas permitido sera 25% de la ocupación normal.  En vez de contar las personas entrando, vamos a bloquear algunas bancas, con espacio entre bancas para mantener distancia.  El obispo recomenda que familias pueden sentarse juntas, pero debe ser al menos seis pies entre cada familia.  Pedimos que familias o grupos de solamente 1 o 2 personas se sienten en las bancas pequenas en los lados, para no ocupar una entera banca grande.  Cuando todas las bancas disponibles están ocupadas, nadie más puede entrar. 
Junto con las directrices de la ciudad, las de la diócesis siguen:
            Todos entrando la iglesia deben llevar una máscara
            Ellos con síntomas de enfermedad no deben asistir a la misa
            Ellos que tienen mas de 60 anos no deben asistir a la misa
                        [El obispo ha dado una dispensa de la obligación de asistir a la misa de domingo
hasta el 30 de junio]
            Vamos a distribuir la comunión, pero solamente en la mano
            No vamos a ofrecer la sangre de Cristo
Cuando empezamos las misas publicas el 5 de mayo, tendremos el mismo horario de misas y confesiones que teníamos antes del cierre.  Ya que no hay obligación de asistir a la misa dominical por ahora, y ya que estamos tratando de tener en cuenta lo más possible con las limitaciones que tenemos, pedimos que algunos consideren asistiendo a la misa durante la semana, en vez de los domingos, para dispersarse el numero de personas en cada misa
Adjuntada es una carta del obispo explicando en detalle las directrices para asistir a la misa por ahora.  Muchísimas gracias a todos por su paciencia y fe en este tiempo.
Que Dios les bendiga –

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