The pandemic news came so fast this spring that it was hard to keep up. Teenagers 16 and older could be vaccinated, then children 12 and up. Gov. Kate Brown announced that once 70% of eligible Oregonians were vaccinated, she would lift most COVID-19 restrictions. Then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its new guidelines: Fully vaccinated Americans could go without masks in most situations. Brown quickly said Oregon would follow the CDC guidance.

Archbishop Alexander Sample also reacted swiftly, saying archdiocesan churches can allow fully vaccinated worshippers to attend Mass without masks or social distancing. He suggested pastors designate one side of the church for the fully vaccinated and the other side for the unvaccinated, who must still wear masks and keep 6 feet from others.

The archbishop called upon us to be accepting of each other. He trusts pastors to implement the new policy, and he trusts laypeople to be honorable in following the guidelines.

So we need to trust one another as well. That includes trusting the teen who is wearing a mask and yet is on the “fully vaccinated” side of the church. Just because a person is fully vaccinated does not mean she has to shed her mask, whether her decision is borne of caution or a compromised immune system. No vaccine is 100% effective.

Similarly, let’s act with generosity toward those who are not vaccinated, whether that decision is based on caution, allergies to vaccines, or a decision that a vaccine’s development was unethical.

We can be comforted by the concern Archbishop Sample has shown for the well-being of all, including those who cannot or choose not to be vaccinated.

It’s also good to know that Masses, with safety procedures in place, have been shown to be safe. Masses will be especially safe for vaccinated worshippers. Catholics are in good shape here: A new survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute shows Catholics are less likely to be vaccine “refusers” than any faith group other than Jewish Americans.

It’s now up to us: to receive the Eucharist and rebuild parish life in the tradition of charity and good will toward others that is at the heart of our faith.