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Outdoor church masses to begin in Imperial County

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - After six months of virtual mass, the catholic church will begin mass but outside.

This decision came after the Catholics Dioceses in San Diego decided that outdoor masses would be safe at this time. 

The dioceses bases this decision on the County’s two week positivity rate. 

The County’s two week- positivity rate has stayed under 8 percent. 

For Saint Mary’s Catholic Church mass will take place in the grass area with social distancing and COVID precautions in place.

“We’ve asked people to bring their own chairs and we’re gonna put up some canopies which are permitted in Imperial County and thanks be to god the weather has gotten better and that's also enabling us to come out,” said Mark Edney, Pastor. 

Pastor Edney also says church goers were very excited to hear these news. 

“I put it on my FB page and I think 400 people commented their desire to come back for mass and what a blessing it was for the Imperial County.”

For many spiritual guidance has also helped them cope throughout this entire pandemic.

“These are hard times and we need our community and we need the support of our community and the best expression of that is the celebration of Mass and so I  think people will be strengthened by being able to participate again.” 

They will continue to do live stream masses Monday thru Friday but outdoor mass on the weekends.

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