REDDING, Calif. - Catholic churches in the Sacramento Diocese can open their doors for in-person services starting June 14, but with a few modifications.
Bishop Jamie Soto of the Sacramento Diocese lifted the suspension of public mass back on June 8, which gave churches like St. Joseph in Redding time to prepare.
“We have been preparing for a week or two weeks actually since the suspension was lifted,” said Father Fred Gucor, the pastor at St. Joseph Church.
“Our guidelines from the diocese is really based on public health guidelines, it's not really something different or something new
People heading back to church will notice the changes in place. Such as blue tape on the pews to mark social distancing, no mass booklets behind the pews, sign-in sheets at the front of the church, and people will not be allowed to use holy water. Some traditional parts of the mass, like communion, will also have modifications.
“For us priests, we are really required to wear our mask and sanitize before communion time,” said Father Fred.
The church says these modifications all help to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“We're certainly hopeful that people continue to protect themselves and others from Covid-19,” said Kerri Schuette, spokesperson for Shasta County Health & Human Services “Now it's up to all of us.”
Public health says, updated guidance from the state lifts the numerical cap for outdoor attendance for places of worship. But as places start to reopen, Shasta County Public Health wants the public to know that the county is not out of the woods just yet.
“The disease has not gone anywhere, we want to make sure that's really clear,” said Schuette. “Nothing has happened to the disease its still here.”
St. Joseph says it will continue to live stream its services to people. The church also urges people in vulnerable populations to stay home