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Masks Strongly Recommended for ALL Persons in Church 

The rates of transmission of COVD-19 and the Delta variant have increased in Maine. In view of this danger to public health, Bishop Deeley is asking all parishes to modify the wording of statements on posters, in parish bulletins, on parish websites, and during announcements at Mass to say “Masks are strongly recommended for all persons in church.” This is intended to apply to Mass and other gatherings in churches only. It does not apply to other kinds of parish activities elsewhere on parish property for the time being. This represents a change in emphasis from current messages which may be saying, “Masks are not required” or “Masks are optional” or “Masks are recommended for unvaccinated persons indoors.” Celebrants who are wearing masks for Mass may ask ministers at Mass to wear a mask as well. Parishioners and ministers at Mass remain free to comply with the recommendation and request or not. Please continue to pray for all those suffering from the pandemic. Thank you for your efforts.

Reaching Out and Educational Resources

Returning to Mass

Celebrating the Lord's Day

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist (Q & A)

Is Christ really and truly present in the Eucharist? (Harvest magazine - In the know with Fr. Joe)

Pondering the Gift of the Eucharist - (Harvest magazine / The Last Word)

Saint John Paul II: Ecclesia de Eucharistia - The Eucharist in its relationship to the Church

Eucharist Quotes from the Saints

Homily Helps

Talking Points for Parish Staff and Volunteers to Use with Parish Phone Lists

Ministry of Hospitality Information for Greeters

The New Normal: 8 Ways to Care for Gen Z in a Post-Pandemic World

Video Links

Bishop Barron: What You Need to Know About the Catholic Mass

Bishop Barron: "This is the Moment. Go Back to Mass"

Pope Francis: Recover a Sense of Adoration

Pope Francis: Explaining the Mass

Pope Francis: Why Catholics Need Mass Each Sunday

Pope Francis: The Power of the Eucharist

Catholic Mass: Time to Go Back

How to Come Back to Church: Returning After an Absence

Re-Igniting the Post-Pandemic Church: Whatever you do, don’t go back to normal

Seven Reasons to Go Back to Sunday Mass 

Understanding the Mass

Vaccine Information

Catholic Cares: Answering Vaccine Concerns (Video)
Conscience and Vaccine Acceptance (Report)
COVID-19 Vaccines and Faith Communities (Podcast)
Vaccine Technologies: The Science and Moral Impact (Video)
Vaccinations: Partnering with Communities (Webinar)
Vatican COVID-19 Commission and the Pontical Academy for Life (Report)
Vatican COVID-19 Vaccination Resources (Website)
Vaccinations: Principles for the Common Good (Report)
COVID-19 Communications Toolkit (Resources)
Johns Hopkins: Understanding Vaccination Progress (Data)
Johns Hopkins: COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard (Data)

Letters and Releases

Bishop Deeley's Letter to Parishioners

Template for Pastor's Letter

Information on the Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass Being Lifted 

Social Media Graphics

Quotes from Saints on Why to Go to Mass (Link)

Parish-specific social media graphics for Maine parishes (Link)

Additional source graphics (Link)