May 27, 2021
Mask Mandate Lifted for those who are Fully Vaccinated
On May 18, Bishop Doyle issued new guidelines for congregations in the Diocese of Texas. We appreciate your patience and understanding for following the guidelines as determined by our Bishop and parish. We are pleased to offer the following changes in this Phase of the Pandemic.
Bishop Doyle writes: “Clergy have the authority to make decisions for liturgy. We recommend you continue to make decisions in conversation with your people.”
We recommend the following for the people of St. Mark’s Church:
1. Fully vaccinated1 people will no longer be required to wear masks at services and events, indoors or outdoors.
2. Unvaccinated people will be asked, for their own safety and to protect the health and safety of others, to wear masks and maintain social distancing from others in the congregation at all times.
3. We ask that everyone recognize that the wearing of a mask does not necessarily mean someone is unvaccinated. The wearing of a face covering continues to be appropriate for anyone who desires it for reasons of personal comfort and safety. Please be respectful of anyone’s choice to wear a mask or face covering or continue to socially distance.
4. If persons are able to participate in worship not wearing a mask, they do not need to wear a mask to sing.
5. We will continue to serve communion only by intinction with bread and wine. You may choose to receive communion by bread only.
6. Church activities where all persons are vaccinated can resume without the use of masks or physical distancing, especially in small groups of 50 or less.
7. These recommendations are to be understood as applying to all church buildings and functions, including, but not limited to, weekday visits to the church office.
These changes will go into effect on Sunday, May 30, 2021. If have you any questions, please contact the church office or one of the clergy of St. Mark’s Church.
Note: New office hours – Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30, Friday 8:30-12:30. The church office will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Mark T. Crawford
1 “Fully vaccinated” is understood as meaning two weeks out from the last dose of your vaccine.