On June 14, the Diocese of Orange announced that public Masses would begin in Orange County in a phased-in approach with measures in place to safeguard public health. In addition, The Bishop of Orange, Kevin W. Vann, has extended a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation until such time as it is deemed safe to have large gatherings at Mass.
NEW DIRECTIVES FROM BISHOP KEVIN VANN
On November 16, 2020 Governor Newsom officially announced a change to the COVID-19 tier system to purple, the most restrictive level. This means that all Masses and gatherings may only occur outdoors. There are no indoor in-person gatherings allowed. Our Blessed Sacrament Chapel may remain open for individual, private prayer, however group gatherings for prayer inside the church is not allowed. We will continue to celebrate our Masses outdoors until further notice. We remind everyone that it is still required that face coverings be worn at all times on the cathedral campus. Six feet social distancing is maintained unless you are with family. Also, we continue to be asked to refrain from congregational singing at Masses. Thank you for your compliance with these regulations designed to protect the health of everyone.
Weekend Mass schedule:
Saturday anticipatory Mass:
4:30 pm English
6:15 pm Vietnamese
6:15 am Vietnamese
8:00 am Spanish
9:45 am English (livestreamed)
11:30 am Spanish (livestreamed)
1:15 pm Vietnamese (livestreamed)
3:30 pm Vietnamese
5:15 pm English
7:00 pm Spanish
Daily Mass Schedule
6:30 am English (livestreamed)
5:30 pm Vietnamese (livestreamed)
7:00 pm Spanish (Fridays only)
There is no limit to the number of people allowed for outdoors services as long as the social distancing requirement of people being six feet apart is observed in the space available.
The guidelines recommend that those over 65 years old and/or with a co-morbidity will be encouraged to consider not returning to Mass just yet, and anyone showing symptoms of sickness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing symptoms of sickness should not come to church.
After Mass, congregants are asked to immediately return to their cars, making sure the area they were seated in is free from any trash or personal belongings.
May the Lord be with us as we begin to gather again as a community of faith.
Very Rev. Christopher H. Smith, Rector