From the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
A. Our first consideration must continue to be for the spiritual and physical health of our parishioners and those whom they encounter, especially the most vulnerable: the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. We continue to rely on medical professionals and governmental standards to inform these directives.
B. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation continues to be suspended as long as the pandemic continues.
C. All COVID-19 positive persons, those who are symptomatic, and those living with them, must stay home and quarantine for an additional 14 days after the last symptom.
D. Persons over age 65 and those with preexisting health conditions should continue to stay home during the pandemic and avoid public gatherings, including church.
E. All the faithful should continue to follow hygienic practices at home: wash hands often, avoid touching the face, cover coughs and sneezes, etc.
F. We will provide hand sanitizer at all entrances and instructive signs such as how to stop the spread of germs and protect oneself from sickness.
G. There is to be no communion given on the tongue. Those unable to receive Communion in the hand may discuss the matter with the pastor to seek an alternative.
H. Parishioners should be encouraged to use the restroom at home before coming to church.
I. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, people in Minnesota are now required to wear a face covering. As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless you are alone.
J. The St. Edward Plan Administrator is Mary Kay Hird.