Dear St. Lawrence Parishioners,
In response to the recent concern over the spread of the (COVID-19) Coronavirus, St. Lawrence parish, in coordination with the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), is taking the following precautionary measures for our liturgical practices during Mass, effective immediately:
Temporarily suspending the distribution of the Precious Blood, knowing that one receives the fullness of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Consecrated Host.
Echoing what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been advising the general public to do, I am also highly encouraging as individual prevention measures:
I have also asked our cleaning staff to routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the church for the celebration of Masses. I will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed through various means, as we receive more updates from the CDC and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. In the meantime, let us continue to pray that our compassionate Father would touch all affected by the current outbreak with healing and peace.