News: Masks no longer required, strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated

May 14, 2021

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Following the latest CDC recommendations released May 13, the Diocese of Des Moines is adjusting its COVID-19 protocols. Here is a letter from Bishop William Joensen with the changes. (en espanol)

The Diocese continues to consult with local medical experts to enact other changes in our mitigation practices that will draw us toward a more normal, yet safe, experience of our communal worship.

We should remember we have not yet fully emerged from the pandemic and the need for vigilance persists. Other mitigation practices such as washing hands, staying home when sick, and social distancing when appropriate remain important. 

Let us all - whether vaccinated or not - show solicitude and charity for each other, so that all members of the Body of Christ feel welcome at the Mass and all parish events.