Bishop Olson’s Pastoral Letter Regarding Continued Safety Protocols and Renewed Vigilance

Crest of Bishop Michael Olson

August 20, 2021

“Our protocols for safety and good health have proven to be successful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 within our community. This was true even before the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. This summer, we experienced that our revised guidelines were successful in mitigating the spread of the virus during summer activities and camps. We anticipate that our guidelines will likewise effectively mitigate the spread of the virus and help protect the vulnerable from illness, especially now that we have a safe, effective vaccine available to us should we decide to receive it.” (Pastoral Letter 8-20-21)

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Bishop Olson’s Pastoral Letter Regarding Alteration of Protocols, Guidelines, and Other Liturgical Celebrations

Crest of Bishop Michael Olson

May 20, 2021

“The alteration of protocols included with this letter address the celebration of Mass and other liturgies and other social and ministerial gatherings in our parishes and institutions. They update the protocols for Mass promulgated by the Office of the Vicar General in the memo of April 26, 2021 and the protocols for Gatherings Outside of Mass as promulgated by the Office of the Vicar General in the memo of December 21, 2021. These new protocols will be in effect from May 21, 2021 until further notice.” (Pastoral Letter 5-20-21)

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Bishop Michael Olson’s Pastoral Letter Regarding the Moral Permissibility of the Use of the Recently Released Vaccines for COVID-19

December 2, 2020

Today in Austin, Govenor Greg Abbott announced that the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the State of Texas for the month of December.  The vaccines, which should start to arrive in the Texas the week of December 14, will be distributed to qualifying providers across the state who will administer these immunizations. …

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Bishop Michael Olson’s Pastoral Letter Regarding Church Teaching on the Sin of Racism

June 13, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

“The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men and women or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.” These words, written at the Second Vatican Council in the Declaration entitled Nostra Aetate, articulate concisely the teaching of the Church against the sin of racism in conformity with the heart and mind of Jesus Christ. It is the heart and mind of Christ that must always be at the forefront of our discernment and consideration of all matters involving the morality of our relationships with other human beings and the laws and structures that safeguard and govern these relationships. Faith and right reason anchor our discernment in the light of the Truth that proclaims our dignity as human beings created in the image and likeness of God. …

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