COVID-19 Ceremonials Update
Moving forward with ceremonials under the present conditions.
Many of you are close to Star Council. Just need a couple more members to join. Ceremonies, done properly, can be safe.
We need to be cautious on how we handle degree ceremonies.
First, you must keep to the standard set by Supreme. No more than 10 people at a time and having 6 ft distance between them.
To not over expose the candidates to any harm you will need to do the Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
It’s best if you do 2 at a time with guests.
Do the math… 4 presenters + GK and Warden = 6 already. Add two candidates and 2 guests you are at your limit.
Please do not put them all in a little classroom or chamber. You will still need the 6ft buffer.
If you perform it in church, please put the candidates in separate pews or possibly 2 or 3 per pew if it allows for separation.
You can cut down on presenters to allow for more guest and candidates.
When setting up for the exemplification use a table as a go-between. Have your presenter move forward and place the rosary on the table and step back to allow the candidate to pick it up still reciting …”carry it with you and pray it often”. Same thing with the lapel pin.
Lastly, use the video that was sent out originally stopping it for the rosary and pin. You will need just one or two officers to perform this degree.
Have plenty of hand sanitizer available to all in the ceremony.
If anyone is or appears to have any symptoms they should not attend (this should go without saying)!!
The safety of our present and future Knights is our utmost priority!!!
If you can’t find hand sanitizer to buy you can make your own. Here is a recipe I found on the internet.
• 3/4 cup of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent)
• 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel (to help keep your hands smooth and to counteract the harshness of alcohol)
• 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead (optional)
• Pour all ingredients into a bowl, ideally one with a pouring spout like a glass measuring container.
• Mix with a spoon and then beat with a whisk to turn the sanitizer into a gel.
• Pour the ingredients into an empty bottle for easy use, and label it “hand sanitizer.”
God Bless us during this challenging times!!
MN Knights of Columbus