Kansas City Endures Another COVID Masked Up Christmas

Most local churches opened last night and will do the same this morning.

However, there's no denying that the shadow of pandemic death still persists.

Accordingly, we offer a peek at how local parishes confront the ongoing public health crisis along with a big picture perspective . . .

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Ministry tackles pandemic with flexibility, creativity - The Leaven Catholic Newspaper

by Therese Horvat While their jobs regularly involve helping families and individuals who are mourning, COVID-19 intensified responsibilities for staff of funeral homes and Catholic cemeteries. As they lived with the uncertainties, personal risks and restrictions during the pandemic, these workers strove to continue to provide compassionate service to those who had lost loved ones.

Church leaders put COVID-19 safety measures in place for Christmas services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thousands of families across the Kansas City metro will be gathering for in-person Christmas services this year. As the metro sees another surge in COVID-19 cases, church leaders are asking church-goers to take every step possible to avoid outbreaks.

COVID puts a damper on Christmas Eve again around the world

From Bethlehem and Frankfurt to London and Boston, the surging coronavirus put a damper on Christmas Eve for a second year, forcing churches to cancel or scale back services and disrupting travel plans and family gatherings.

Many U.S. churches canceling in-person Christmas services as Covid-19 surges

NEW YORK - Amid the surge of coronavirus cases across the U.S., numerous churches have canceled in-person Christmas services, disappointing pastors and churchgoers who consider them an annual highlight. Other churches planned outdoor services or proposed a hybrid of online and in-person worship, often imposing tight restrictions for those in attendance.

COVID-19 spreads holiday misery, as canceled flights strand thousands on Christmas Eve

The COVID-19 pandemic is once again upending holiday plans around the world, from halting air travel to scaling back festive celebrations. All this as new infections in the U.S. have spiked 55 percent in the last two weeks alone, largely due to the highly contagious omicron variant. Stephanie Sy has our report.

Four ways to celebrate Christmas Day if you are forced to self-isolate

o, ho ... oh no. This second Covid Christmas will not be a huge improvement from the first for many in the UK. More than 600,000 people will be forced to self-isolate on Christmas Day after a record 119,789 tested positive for Covid, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

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