SJ church eager for in-person, indoor Easter services

Churches across the Bay Area will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and a return to in-person, indoor services. But, it won't come without some restrictions. Here's what to know before attending a mass this weekend.

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DUSTIN DORSEY: For Christians, Easter Sunday celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Resurrection, a word that embodies a return to glory. This weekend in 2021 will hold a special meaning as it will be the first time many will return to in-person, indoor Easter service since 2019.

SUZIE CISNEROS: This will be the first time we've been inside the church since COVID started. And the ceremony and The Passion of Christ at Easter time is the most important thing in the Catholic faith, so it's really emotional.

DUSTIN DORSEY: Suzie Cisneros and her family, along with around 150 other members of the St. Martin of [INAUDIBLE] Catholic Church, began their Easter weekend with a Good Friday mass. The church has limited indoor capacity to 25% and has made the required changes to allow for safe distancing. But the chance to be together again is still considered a blessing.

What is it like coming back to church in person again?

BLAKE DICKINSON: Great. Because I love going to church, and I love God.

JON DICKINSON: It's a nice feeling to not just be in cars and be segregated but be back with the community. So we're thrilled.

DUSTIN DORSEY: Now, if you're not yet comfortable with in-person masses, have no fear. Churches across the Bay Area, including St. Martin, will offer outdoor and virtual services still for Easter weekend so that people can enjoy their worship safe and comfortable.

SAJU JOSEPH: Spirituality should have a head. It should have a heart of love, understanding, emotional peace. It should have hands and feet, action. In this county, everybody is not vaccinated. Taking care of each other's well-being is part of our spirituality. That's what Christ would have done, isn't it? All options, keeping in mind the safety, well-being, all with great love.

DUSTIN DORSEY: Easter is said to be a time to be thankful. This weekend many will be thankful to be together again. In the South Bay, Dustin Dorsey, ABC7 News.