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Precautions for the "Tripledemic"

COVID Guidelines, Worship

Currently our communities are experiencing an increase in sickness due to COVID, the Flu, and RSV – together called the “tripledemic.”

Suspending the Chalice
Throughout history, the Catholic Church has paused the chalice during significant flu seasons. Given the increase of COVID cases, flu cases and RSV cases in our archdiocese, use of the chalice is suspended effective December 20, 2022.

Wearing a Mask
Local hospitals are experiencing an increase of patients with respiratory viruses and local public health officials across the state recommend wearing masks indoors. In an effort to keep everyone healthy – especially during this Advent and Christmas season - you are encouraged to wear a mask at church.

For details on the "tripledemic," see the Seattle Times/Tacoma New Tribune article dated December 9, 2022.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,as you did at Cana of Galilee,
 joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen

Prayer from Pope Francis, 2020