SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Following strict social distancing guidelines to the letter, parishioners returned to Sprinfield’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church late Saturday afternoon.
Mayor Domenic Sarno was among the parishioners attending the mass Saturday afternoon in the city’s South End. Church gatherings are now encouraged under the phased reopening plans for the City of Springfield.
22News spoke with Mayor Sarno, who praised fellow parishioners for abiding by the distancing protocols.
“They did a good job following the public health guidelines, social distancing, but it felt so good to come back here to Mount Carmel. I could sense that among the parishioners in there,” Mayor Sarno said.
Parishioner Anthony Lucia of South Hadley added the joy and relief he now has of being able to attend services again.
“It’s good to see the church open,” he expressed. “Many of us had been watching it at home but it puts things in perspective for us.”
It’s been a week since the state has allowed houses of worship to reopen during the pandemic.