Updated: May 30, 2021
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Starting today, Sunday, May 30, we will be introducing the new guidelines as we have received from the Pittsburgh Metropolis.
New Metropolis Guidelines:
The Metropolis is instructing the following: “The requirement to wear masks and observe physical distancing within our worship space and at Church events and meetings is lifted for those who have been vaccinated. As we cannot (and will not) be asking people to demonstrate their vaccinated status for entry into the Church, we must operate on the honor system, trusting that people will be responsible when entering our parishes and participating in parish events.”
In addition, the Metropolis requires us to offer space for those who still wish to distance their self and wear masks. Therefore, the north pews in the nave will be designated for anyone who wishes to continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks. The pews will remain sectioned off for this purpose. The south pews in the nave will be open seating and masks are optional.
When you arrive to church:
A parish council member will still greet you at the door, but you will NOT have to sign in. Let the parish council member know which space you desire to sit in. Our goal as a parish is not to separate but accommodate the space so all people attending services feel comfortable.
In coming weeks, our goal is to reintroduce coffee hour and other events and programs. We will keep you updated as these events are reintroduced. Liturgically, we will return to the normalized order on Sunday, May 30th.
We continue to monitor the Pandemic conditions which will result in lifting other restrictions as guided by the metropolis, “if any pandemic restrictions remain in your county or state regarding non-worship activities those restrictions must be observed.” Thus, until May 30, all current protocols are still in place. The office remains open Monday thru Friday as normal, except during holidays. You are welcome to come in throughout the week and light candles or we are happy to do it for you.
In the meantime, we pray for all of you, and the world, especially those who are sick and directly working to fight off this virus on our behalf. The Lord bless and keep all of us safe! Truly HE is Risen!
With Love in Christ,
+Fr Demetrios Gardikes and the Annunciation Safety Committee