We are grateful to all who participated in the 10:00 am Mass survey to answer the question of “should masks continue to be required at the 10:00 am Mass?” The survey was open from June 18 – 26, 2022.
The staff has reviewed the results, read every comment, and discussed your responses. We value the time you spent in sharing your thoughtful comments with us.
The results of the survey were approximately 2:1 in favor of a continued mask requirement for the 10:00 am Mass for the near future.
Many of the comments highlighted respecting and considering the safety of others, and / or expressing gratitude for the care and respect given to them as a person who has a compromised immune system.
The St. Patrick – St. Anthony community is one where all are welcome, and one commenter wrote that having one Mass where masks are required “is part of our spirit of welcome”, and that it is part of our mission, to value those who “have been forgotten by the rest of society,” as another respondent wrote.
So many of us are grateful to be back to attending in person events. But there are some that can only come to Mass in person because of the mask requirement. One respondent shared the sentiment that “if there is even one person in our community who wouldn’t/couldn’t come if we dropped the requirement, then it’s worthwhile for us all to comply.”
We plan to re-evaluate with another survey in the late summer / fall timeframe, and at that time, we can consider together as a community whether the Mass with a mask requirement should move to one of our other weekend Mass times.
If you would prefer to attend your weekend Mass in a Mass-optional setting, please remember that the Saturday at 4:00 pm, the Sunday 8:00 am, 11:45 am and 5:00 pm are all Masses that do not require masks.