Updated Covid Guidelines

A Prayer for Guidance

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being. We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I write today to share some updated COVID-19 protocols. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now present and strong in South Louisiana. In recent days we have seen a significant increase in both case numbers and positivity rates, and our local COVID hospitalizations are increasing. In just the last 14 days, there have been more than 2,500 positive cases in St. Tammany Parish.

With this news, and in consultation with our wardens, the diocesan office, and healthcare professionals, we will return to mask wearing during worship and indoor gatherings effective immediately. We ask that everyone, aged six and older and regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask.

The current COVID positivity rate for St. Tammany Parish is 14.8%. As long as it is above 5%, masks are required during worship and indoor gatherings.

Vaccination is still our best and greatest hope against this variant. We urge all who are eligible to get the vaccine. The vaccines are safe, they are effective, and nearly eliminate the risk of severe illness and death. For yourself and for your neighbor, please get vaccinated.

If you are immunocompromised, sick, or at high risk, it is strongly recommended that you stay home. Worship with us online via <facebook.com/stmichaelsla/live >. Contact the church office before Friday and we will make arrangements to bring communion to you.

We pray for the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit, and pray in thanksgiving for this community in which we share one another’s burdens.

Fr. Robert Beazley

Updated Covid Protocols_7.29.2021