Newman Center Policies for Public Masses

From Bishop Joseph Brennan, August 2, 2021:

Effective immediately, it is recommended that masks now be worn during Sunday Masses, weekday Masses and any other services/ events within our churches by everyone in attendance regardless of their vaccination status. Priests presiding at Mass may remove their masks at various moments during the Liturgy as they see fit. However, masks should be worn by all priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharistic when they are distributing Holy Communion. Again, this is in sensitivity to and for the benefit of the health and safety of ourselves and those around us.

Following various health department guidelines and those of every Catholic School District in the State of California, all our students and teachers will be mandated to wear masks indoors, again, regardless of vaccination status. Guidelines for our Faith Formation programs will essentially follow what we are doing in our Catholic Schools and will be posted soon. We all knew that re-opening and getting somewhere near 'normal' would take time and would be like taking two steps forward and one step back. Rejoice in the 'forward' steps and be patient with the 'backward' steps. God bless you all! 

In Christ,

Bishop Brennan




Newman Center Reopening Policies for Mass, per Bishop Joseph Brennan and the Diocese of Fresno, effective June 19. 2021:

  • Mass will be held inside the chapel at full capacity. 
  • Social distancing will no longer be enforced in the seating area for the assembly.
  •  We ask you to avoid shaking hands or other physical contact with anyone other than members of your own household.
  • Seating will be sanitized between Masses by our custodial staff.
  • Hand sanitizer will remain available at various stations in the hallways around the chapel and restrooms. 
  • The preferred manner for receiving the Body of Christ will continue to be in the hand. The use of the chalice will remain limited to the officiants and Deacon at the altar.
  • All extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and other volunteers should be masked while serving at Mass in any capacity.
  • Holy water will once again be available at the baptismal font.
  • Liturgical processions will resume, and altar servers are invited to return to assist at the Table.
  • Bishop Brennan has rescinded the dispensation for obligatory Sunday Mass, effective June 20, 2021.
  • Holy water will once again be available at the baptismal font.

Please continue to check our website and social media platforms for ongoing updates and information. You may also email us at or call us at 559-434-3636 (our office will take your calls from Monday to Thursday each week). 

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