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COVID restrictions set at Holy Trinity

Activities at Holy Trinity Parish in Fort Dodge are subject to some new rules issued by Bishop Walker Nickless, leader of the Diocese of Sioux City, and the COVID-19 Task Force.

There will be no change to the current attendance and scheduling protocols for all sacraments, weekend and weekday Masses, sacrament of reconciliation, weddings, funerals and adoration.

There will be limits on singing, however.

The use of cantors is now prohibited with the exceptions of liturgies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Parts of the Mass that are commonly sung will be spoken. Congregational singing will be halted for the time being.

Recorded music is not allowed during liturgies. Instrumental music is allowed.

Parish groups must meet virtually until further notice. This includes religious education programs, board and leadership meetings, apostolates using parish facilities, Bible study, adult education, RCIA, Womens Guild, marriage prep, baptism prep, and youth ministry groups.

The virtual meeting requirement also applies to groups such as Scout troops that meet in parish facilities.

Parish facilities cannot be used for funeral dinners, receptions, parties and facility rentals.

Private meetings with one or two people are allowed if masks are worn and social distancing is observed.

Drive-thru fundraisers such as dinners are also allowed if masks are worn and social distancing is observed.

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