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Green Bay Bishop announces return to public Masses with limits

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Posted at 9:22 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 18:39:59-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- Bishop David L. Ricken announced Tuesday that public Masses will return beginning Corpus Christi weekend, June 13 through 14. Public Masses will have restrictions to accommodate social distancing due to coronavirus.

“As we begin our return to celebration of the public Mass, our guiding principles continue to influence our decisions,” said Bishop Ricken. "We will continue to balance bold faith and prudent safety, monitor data and provide measured responses, encourage collaboration between our diocesan monitoring team and local pastor/pastoral leader and continue to follow the process of a phased approach to ministry.”

A news release from the Green Bay Diocese indicates that it is moving into Phase II of reopening services to the public. This includes a return to Mass with up to 25% occupancy as the measured response and following county health guidelines.

“This approach acknowledges that each parish has the flexibility to go back and forth between Return to Mass with up to 25% occupancy, Holy Communion Outside of Mass or live stream only with spiritual communion, depending upon the evolving circumstances related to the coronavirus in the weeks/months ahead and in consultation with the diocesan monitoring team,” said Bishop Ricken.

More information on the Diocese's response to COVID-19 can be found here.