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St. John of the Desert Melkite Catholic Church continues to monitor
the guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
We are overjoyed to announce to you that we are moving toward the goal of full restoration of parish life with prudence.
We encourage every person to get vaccinated especially those with compromised Health. “We do know now, however, that each of these vaccines is safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.” (CDC)
Stay home if you are sick.
We no longer require wearing masks for fully vaccinated people in our services. The CDC recommends that non-vaccinated people should wear a mask. Attendees should follow their personal comfort level.
You do not need to register for attending our services. There will be NO limits on the number of attendees.
Venerate the icons and come and bring the children in front of the ambo for the Gospel reading.
Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often and as you judge it necessary.
Our Seats will not be marked. Use your own judgment.
One person or family group will come for communion at one time.
In the Davis Hall use your own judgement.
This is not a free pass for life returning to complete normalcy. You still have to protect yourself and others by taking precautions when you are in our church and Davis hall and around unvaccinated people. Use your own judgement specifically around unvaccinated people who are at higher risk from COVID-19.
"Come and make nests in its branches." Mt 13:32 - We are a praying community, we follow the Apostolic Tradition, the Orthodox Faith of the First Christians of the Church of Antioch.
The Melkite (Greek) Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See as part of the worldwide Catholic Church.
"Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet." St. John Chrysostom
"Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, ... " Acts 4:32
... “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:34-36
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