For one year we have been faced with restrictions and other safety measures enacted to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. These have greatly impacted our lives and our ministry as Church. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that effective March 10, 2021, he would lift the mandate to wear masks in public. He also announced that all businesses could operate at 100 percent of capacity. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, has determined, after reviewing the governor’s order, and after seeking advice from health authorities and local civic officials, that all of the safety measures in place at the current time are to be continued throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio until further notice. This regards the use of face coverings or masks; social distancing; hand washing; and regular use of sanitizing procedures that have been effective in keeping us safe. These will not be changed at this time.
Beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2021, by decree of Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller all parishes within the Archdiocese of San Antonio may open all their pews and reduce the social distancing requirements in the sanctuary from 6 feet to 3 feet. Mask usage and thorough facility sanitation are still required in accordance with previous proclamations. Those protocols remain unchanged. Masks must be worn while on the St. Rose of Lima parish campus. The Archdiocese will continue to evaluate the health situation as more information becomes available and make appropriate changes to our guidelines as circumstances dictate. Please remember that the dispensation to attend Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation is still in effect, faithful of God please use wise and prudent judgement. Peace and blessing, Father Steven Gamez, Pastor