Covid-19 Update

April 9, 2021 12:40 pm

The protocols for the Diocese of Austin have been updated. The Vicar General of the Diocese of Austin, Very Reverend James A. Misko, communicated the updated protocols for Sunday Masses and daily Masses on April 9th, 2021:

As more and more people in our communities receive COVID-19 vaccinations and the infection rate continues to decrease, we have revised the protocols for the celebration of the sacraments.  These revised protocols are less directive, so that each pastor might continue using his prudential judgment in promoting the best practices for his particular community.  While we have not arrived at the moment when the protocols can be fully rescinded, we have removed the protocol for spacing between households and sanitizing the church between Masses. This means that a pastor may choose to remove the tape/ropes from the pews and allow people to sit where they wish.  This does not change the need for all people to remain aware of their distancing between households as a courtesy to the other and continued effort at mitigating spread.  Wearing facemasks should continue, as they will allow for the opening of pews due to COVID-19 mainly spread through the air.  The removal of the sanitizing between Mass protocol is based on recent data from a number of sources indicating that the virus has a very low chance of spreading by touching surfaces. Click HERE for more information.   

A medida que más y más personas en nuestras comunidades reciben vacunas de COVID-19 y la tasa de infección continúa disminuyendo, hemos revisado los protocolos para la celebración de los sacramentos. Estos protocolos revisados son menos directivas, de modo que cada pastor pueda continuar usando su juicio prudencial para promover las mejores prácticas para su comunidad en particular. Si bien no hemos llegado al momento en que los protocolos pueden rescindirse por completo, hemos eliminado el protocolo para espaciar los hogares y desinfectar la iglesia entre misas. Esto significa que un pastor puede optar por quitar la cinta/cuerdas de las bancas y permitir que las personas se sienten donde deseen.  Esto no cambia la necesidad de que todas las personas sean conscientes de su distanciamiento entre hogares como una cortesía hacia el otro y un esfuerzo continuo para mitigar la propagación.  El uso de mascarillas debe continuar, ya que permitirán la apertura de bancos debido a que COVID-19 se propaga principalmente por el aire.  La eliminación del protocolo de desinfección entre masas se basa en datos recientes de varias fuentes que indican que el virus tiene una probabilidad muy baja de propagarse al tocar superficies. haga clic AQUI para más información.

The weekend Masses are still being live streamed on the St. Joseph Facebook page. The Sunday 9AM (English) and 11:15AM (Spanish) are live streamed. As per the Diocese, they will normally be deleted at the end of Mass. However, some of Father Pedro’s homilies are being saved on the Facebook page. If you navigate to “Messages From Father Pedro” you will find links to the Facebook page homilies.