July 23, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

July 23, 2020 Dear Pastor, Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order on Wednesday that mandates the wearing of masks starting Saturday, July 25, in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless a person is alone. This includes churches, non-public schools and parish offices/public spaces. I have attached the order to this email. With regard…

June 19, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to pastors

June 19, 2020 Dear Pastor, Over the course of the last week, the Minnesota Department of Health issued updated guidance for faith communities, including requirements for providing food and beverages for onsite consumption. Instituting these new provisions will require thoughtful planning, and they will need to be incorporated into each parish’s preparedness plan. As we…

June 5, 2020 — Bishop Kettler letter to pastors

June 5, 2020 Dear Pastor, Today, Gov. Walz announced that faith communities may hold worship services at 50% capacity (a change from the current 25%) with a 250-person limit, whichever is less, starting June 10. We will update our diocesan protocols to be in line with this change. Thank you for observing all of our…

June 4, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to the pastors

June 2, 2020 Dear Pastor, I’m writing to address a concern I have about the faithful choosing not to wear masks during liturgies. I witnessed not everyone using them at a recent liturgy I celebrated. As you know, our diocesan protocols/guidelines for the resumption of larger public Masses recommend, but don’t require, members of the…

May 29, 2020 – Bishop Kettler’s letter to the pastors

Dear Pastors, I want to address a few matters that have transpired over the course of the last week: As you know, on Tuesday, it was announced that the diocese and survivors of clergy sexual abuse reached agreement on a framework to resolve all abuse claims against the diocese and parishes. In the next couple…

May 23, 2020 – FAQ about the new executive order

FAQ about the new executive order and forthcoming guidance for re-opening places of worship   Q:  When does the executive order (EO) take effect? A:  The EO takes effect Wednesday, May 27, 2020.   Q:  How many people does the new executive order allow to gather inside a church? A: The EO states that in…