One northwest Iowa church is singling out parishioners on wearing masks while another singled out Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Both churches put this information in their bulletins.
The priest at one church read the statement out of the bulletin at the end of service last Sunday.
“As more and more people get vaccinated, we eagerly await the easing of Diocesan Mass protocols,” it said. “However, until then, masks are to be worn covering both mouth and nose. If unwilling to abide by this, please make use of the dispensation from the obligation to attend mass, or attend at a parish where (for whatever reason) masks may be considered optional.” (Emphasis added by The Iowa Standard)
The announcement continued:
“The size of our parish and the fact that parishioners tell us they come here precisely because we require masks and they feel safe warrants their continued use. We have had people leave mass because they have encountered others attending mass not masked or pulling it below their nose after being seated.”
Another church put the following statement in its bulletin:
“MASKS IN THE CHURCH are required. The Bishop asks that we abide by these rules. We can not help what the governor thinks.”