- Jan 25, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic settles into its fifth straight month, couples are adjusting to new health protocols when planning their weddings. In almost all circumstances this means downsizing the number of guests, and slashing any sort of reception afterwards— but some say the changes are not all bad.
The committee in charge of drafting coronavirus restrictions for the Italian government has given the bishops permission to drop the use of gloves while distributing communion as well as the requirement for spouses to wear masks during weddings.
The Spinharneys originally chose April 18 for their wedding Mass at Holy Family Parish in suburban St. Louis Park. But, like some other couples in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, they changed plans because of restrictions on large gatherings imposed by both the state and Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda.
Over one hundred couples who had been living together but were not yet married celebrated their marriages in the Asunción Cathedral in Paraguay Nov. 15.
An Albanian archbishop has issued a ban, effective Jan. 1, on celebrating Catholic weddings on Sundays. The measure has stirred debate among the country’s small Catholic population, and also raises the question of whether, if you’re going to hold weddings on Sundays, they belong inside or outside the usual Sunday liturgy.
A priest shortage led a Canadian bishop to make a request through the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments for permission to have Sister Pierrette Thiffault of the Sisters of Providence perform a wedding ceremony.