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My friends in Christ,

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard Governor Inslee’s announcement about the lifting of all remaining Covid-19 restrictions in Washington State beginning at Midnight tonight. This is cause for rejoicing, because it means that our community is finally seeing the end of this pandemic. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the scientists and researchers who brought us the vaccines; to the health care workers who took care of the sick at great personal cost, and saved the lives of so many; and to all of those in our community who faithfully did little things to keep others safe—quarantining, masking up, and maintaining social distance.

As restrictions lift state-wide, I want to give you an update on how this affects Masses at the Cathedral. You’ll be happy to hear that, effective this coming weekend, registration for Mass is no longer required. You will be able to choose your own seat again at all Masses. Holy water is back in the fonts, and we’ll be able to sing hymns again!

Some limitations are still in place. We will continue to exchange a "touch-free" sign of peace for now – no handshakes or hugs with those outside your household. Communion from the cup will come back later. Masks continue to be encouraged, but not required. Our ministers will continue to wear masks for the distribution of Holy Communion. Coffee hour after the morning Masses will resume later in the year.

We know that not everyone is vaccinated, and not everyone is comfortable mingling freely with others at this point. For that reason we will continue to offer a socially distanced section for those who are not yet vaccinated or have unvaccinated children, or would simply feel more comfortable with a little more space.

Please contact Caroline Okello, 206-382-4500, our hospitality coordinator, to reserve seats in the socially distanced section at any Mass. Archbishop Etienne has indicated that the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in place. And, please know that we will continue to livestream Masses into the future.

Thank you for your patience this past year with all the shifting guidelines and restrictions. Thank you for finding so many creative ways to stay connected with your parish community. I can’t wait to see you.

Father Ryan

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