Over the past few weeks we have begun trying to return to some kind of normal at Mother of God. We have public Masses on Sunday and during the week. Attendance at the Sunday Masses has been around 200 between the two liturgies. It seems that the numbers in each go up and down each week, but the total tends to stay relatively the same.

We have returned to regular office hours. The offices were shut down for two months and then were opened for half a day. Now we are having regular hours—9 am to 4 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9 am to noon on Wednesday.

During the shutdown we were allowed to have weddings and funerals, but the numbers had to be 10 or under. Now we are having them with reduced numbers, as on Sundays, but with crowds of about 100 to 130. A number of the weddings that were cancelled at the beginning of the pandemic have been rescheduled for this summer and the fall.

This year’s parish picnic is a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, there are some things that we cannot do yet. We cannot have public gatherings, so our coffee and donuts on Sunday are still cancelled, as is our parish summer picnic. We have often offered our parish hall to families for gatherings after funerals but we cannot do that at this time.

Liturgically, I do not have any idea when we will be able to return to the sign of peace and to the offering of the Precious Blood. Quite frankly, I do not see us being able to offer the cup for many years.

It seems that we are in this for the long haul. Let us try to be patient and to be supportive as we continue to go through this unique time in our lives.