Christmas is fast approaching. Some of you have reached out with questions about pandemic protocols. With the rise of cases due to the Omicron variant I understand your concern. Our protocol remains the same as it has been. Local leadership decides whether or not to require masks. The unvaccinated and those with elevated health risks are urged to participate via livestream. Communion will be either in one kind or by intinction. Observe hygiene guidelines, minimize contact, etc.
Use data to guide your decisions using this link: https://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
As you can see at the above site, infection and hospitalization rates vary by parish. Vaccination remains our best protection against severe illness. So please continue to encourage vaccinations both among your membership and the broader community.
Continued Advent blessings, dear ones. Stay safe and be well.
4th Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana