Welcome Back to Mass

The general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation will be reinstated on December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  We understand that returning to Mass for some people is a big step and there are still concerns about safety. We want to assure you of our diligence and care in keeping you safe.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle have celebrated more than 50,000 Masses and have had only had 2 cases of spread. Both cases were tied to choir singing. There are no confirmed reports of anyone getting COVID-19 from attending a Mass.

Here are the ways we are ensuring that attending Mass at Holy Family is safe:

  • Masks are required inside the church for all-regardless of vaccination status due to statewide indoor mask mandate. 
  • A portion of the church and the east narthex will continue to be designated as seating for those wishing to remain socially distanced.
  • There will be no congregational singing, however, parishioners may respond in song to the Alleluia and Responsorial Psalms and chanted dialogue parts of the Mass (ie, "The Lord be with you.... and with your spirit").  In addition, we will bring back up to 4 cantors. All must wear masks.
  • Doors to the church, both interior and exterior, will remain mostly open to increase ventilation inside the church building.

You can also help keep the community safe by staying home if you have any symptoms of illness, even if they are very mild.

Masses will continue to be livestreamed on our YouTube channel on Tuesday and Fridays at 8:40 AM, and Sundays at 9:00 AM.  These Masses will continue to be recorded for viewing after the Mass ends.

“As has always been the case, those who have a serious reason are exempt from attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2181). This includes those who are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is ill or immunocompromised, as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety about contracting the coronavirus in a large group.”

 - Archbishop Etienne, November 10, 2021

We hope you will join your fellow parishioners in coming back to Mass, to worship at the Lord’s table, to receive him in the Eucharist, and to fuel your faith. He is waiting for you.

We invite you to watch this video where fellow parishioner Bob Kay shares his experience returning to Mass after nearly two years.

 
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