The Cathedral is currently celebrating Mass, Reconciliation, and Exposition as normally scheduled. However, the information below outlines the changes we have implemented due to the outbreak of COVID-19:
Effective November 18, the Mayor of Springfield issued a Mask Mandate for all public spaces in the City of Springfield, which includes religious houses of worship. The mandate requires that masks be worn at all times when in a public space. The mayor has indicated that those individuals who are in violation of this mandate will be assessed a $50 fine for each violation, and the institution (that is, this church) will be assessed a $250 fine for the first offense, with subsequent offenses incurring a $500 fine. Therefore, masks are required at all times while at the Cathedral, including for the duration of Mass.
The pews are sectioned off to enable us to maintain safe distancing at all times, and are sanitized following Mass. There are spots marked on the floor by blue tape to guide in observing safe distancing while processing to receive Holy Communion. When coming forward for Holy Communion, the minister will say "The Body of Christ" while you are 6 feet away. Please respond at that distance before proceeding forward to receive Holy Communion.
The Sunday 10am Mass continues to be livestreamed and can be found at www.dio.org/live. Daily Mass can be found livestreamed online at www.ewtn.com/tv, or at other parishes in our diocese. Please visit www.dio.org/masslivestreams for a list of local parishes offering livestreamed or recorded Masses.
Please be advised that Bishop Paprocki's dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.
Thank you for your cooperation in observing these guidelines here at the Cathedral.
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