Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The City & County of San Francisco today released their updated 'Phase 2B' in their plan for reopening. Per the order, religious gatherings are limited to outdoor services only with a maximum of 12 persons. Indoor services continue to be limited to livestream with only those required for the service in attendance, up to 10 persons. Consequently, St. Ignatius Parish will not proceed with our June 20 outdoor Mass on Welch Lawn as planned.
We anticipated, as did the Archdiocese of San Francisco, that Phase 2B would closely resemble the State of California guidelines, allowing for indoor services and celebrations with a maximum of 100 persons or 25 percent of building capacity, whichever is fewer. But today's directive from our local government makes clear that we will need to wait a while longer to gather together for public worship, even in smaller groups. We are disappointed, to be sure, but, as we have since the shelter in place order was first instituted, St. Ignatius Parish will continue to uphold our commitment to good citizenship and abide by the directives of our local leaders.
I want to express my gratitude for the efforts of the staff and the parishioners who had been planning and working to make Saturday happen. I am grateful, too, that they will continue their hard work of planning for the day when we are able to resume public liturgy at St. Ignatius.
And let me also take this opportunity to remind you all that we continue to gather as a faith community each Sunday morning at 10:00am, for our YouTube Mass livestream from St. Ignatius Church. I look forward to seeing you there.
As always, you and yours remain in my prayers. May God bless you.