Editor’s note: On June 14, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Diocese of Orange begins the phased reopening of our churches. In a recently produced video, Bishop Vann discussed the reopening. Here is an excerpt.
“It won’t be like it was before, at least initially. We have to bear in mind our God-given responsibility to our brothers and sisters. As I remember from my training in microbiology and epidemiology not to be bearers of an infection and make the virus even stronger.
With things like distancing and hand sanitizing we will be able to open our churches on a limited basis in the months ahead. And we’ll see how that goes. There will be detailed instructions coming forth that we’ll be publishing so that you can see that.
But we bless God at all times. We give thanks to God at all times…We’re grateful to God for having brought us to this day, and we’re grateful to God for all the people that have come together to be able to bring us to a different time where our houses of worship can be open a little bit, and we can come together to pray as the Body of Christ in a way that is safe, in a way that gives Glory to God and in a way that protects. That’s a lot to bless God and to be thankful for.