PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Masses resumed at churches in the Shrines of Pittsburgh church grouping after being canceled over the weekend due to a possible coronavirus exposure.

The spouse of an employee at The Shrines of Pittsburgh tested negative for COVID-19.

“We were happy to learn that our employee’s spouse tested negative for COVID-19, and that they are feeling better,” said Father Nicholas Vaskov, Director of The Shrines of Pittsburgh in a press release.

“We wanted to play it safe, I think in these days it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Vaskov said.

People were seen making their way into Saint Anthony’s Chapel in Troy Hill on Monday. Mass started at 8:30 a.m.

For many, it’s been an adjustment to this “new normal,” especially churches where prayer and comfort go hand in hand.

“It is like a place for people (who) are like family. They see their friends there and maybe that’s the only time of the week they see certain people,” said Vaskov. “Especially in a time where we need the support of family and friends — and that’s everybody — that it’s been challenging.”

Church leaders say they will continue to follow the CDC guidelines such as keeping everything inside sanitized.

The Shrines of Pittsburgh grouping includes:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Polish Hill)
  • Most Holy Name of Jesus (Troy Hill), Saint Anthony Chapel (Troy Hill)
  • Saint Nicholas (Millvale)
  • Saint Patrick (Strip District)
  • Saint Stanislaus Kostka (Strip District).

A full listing of masses for The Shrines of Pittsburgh can be found online.