Berlin, NJ

Safety and Health Protocols

The updated protocols are based on the New Jersey State safety protocols and the Diocese of Camden new directives on safety guidelines:

  1. The faithful participating in Mass, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are no longer required to wear masks. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks in accord with CDC guidelines.
  2. Beginning on the weekend of June 5-6, our parish returns to full capacity for seating. The section B & C (middle section of the church) pews will be opened for seating. However, we will still have the sections A & D, the extreme left and right sections of the church, designated for those who would prefer to keep a greater distance.
  3. Beginning the weekend of June 12-13, there is no need to register online to attend Mass. Online Mass registration is no longer required.
  4. The invitation to share the Sign of Peace is likewise restored. It is not necessary that the faithful shake hands as there are other ways to offer the Sign of Peace, or those present may choose to do so only with their immediate relatives.
  5. In an abundance of caution–priests, deacons and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion should not only wash their hands before and after Mass, but should use hand sanitizer immediately before the distribution of Holy Communion.
  6. Beginning the weekend of June 12-13, the parish will only live-stream the 10 AM Sunday Mass and the 8:00 AM Wednesday Mass.
  7. For parish meetings, beginning on Friday, May 28, those fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks for indoor meetings nor are they required to maintain social distancing. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks in accord with CDC guidelines. Beginning on Friday, June 4, all indoor limits for meetings are lifted.
  8. For outdoor events, all limits on outdoor gatherings were lifted on May 19 and beginning on Friday, May 28, all social distancing requirements are likewise lifted. Masks are not required for those fully vaccinated. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks in accord with CDC guidelines.

The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey reinstated the general obligation to attend Mass beginning this June 5-6, 2021. The New Jersey Bishops welcome the Christian faithful to return to the regular participation in the Sunday Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic faith (cf. Code of Canon Law canon 1247 and Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2180).

However, they clarify that “this obligation does not apply to those who are ill; those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus or another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions” (canon 87).