My Dear People of Christ the King,
I have some very important information to share with you regarding COVID-19 and our parish. The clergy and several staff members here at Christ the King were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Since learning this news, all the clergy and a number of our parish staff have been tested. The good news is most everyone on staff (including Fr. Jacob which I know many of you are concerned about) have thus far have tested negative. The bad news is that two people have tested positive for COVID-19: our summer seminarian and me. I can assure that I am feeling just fine (barely any symptoms), but obviously must quarantine for the time being per my doctor’s instructions. I know that this information may distress you, but please keep in mind that all of our communion ministers (including the clergy) regularly sanitize their hands both before and after the distribution of Holy Communion. If you are concerned that you might have been infected, I would certainly advise you to talk to your physician for proper guidance, including testing if your doctor feels it is warranted. While there is no indication that this exposure took place during Holy Communion, for the time being all those distributing Holy Communion will be asked to wear masks. I would also remind all those going to mass that they are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer near the doors as well as wear masks and socially distance from non-family members. Please be assured of my prayers.