The CDC has raised the risk level for several counties in our diocese to ‘high’ in terms of community transmission of COVID-19. These counties are Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, and Ottawa. Additionally, the other counties of the diocese: Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, and Osceola are all classified as being at the ‘substantial’ level. In either classification, the CDC strongly recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings. For that reason, parishioners and guests are strongly recommended to wear a mask during Mass and other public events.