What do the new Covid guidelines mean for the El Paso Kermes season?
Daylight saving time in El Paso is traditionally Kermes Time in El Paso. A “kermes”, in case you didn’t know, is what we call a church bazaar around here.
Before Covid ruined everything, from June to September consisted systematically one weekend of kermes after another at a Catholic church near you. It all came to a screeching halt last June after the Catholic Diocese of El Paso suspended all church activities, including church bazaars.
But now, with the social distancing guidelines and mask restrictions relaxed or completely removed, does that mean the Loteria, cake rides, and homemade tacos and gorditas, just like Grandma’s, will be all over the place? new something this summer? Will the diocese grant its blessing to the Kermes 2021 season?
I contacted the Church for a status check, well, it wasn’t a definite no. “We are still looking for what will be the feasibility for Fairs and Bazzars in 2021”, is what Fernie Ceniceros, director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, told me.
I read this and the first thing I thought of was the classic quote spoken by the character of Jim Carrey in the movie Dumb and Dumber. You know, the one where Mary Swanson tells Lloyd Christmas that the odds of a guy like him having a girl like her are 1 in a million, and very excited Lloyd responds, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance . Yes!”
From the very beginning of the pandemic, Bishop Mark Seitz has been very careful in his decision-making, always putting the safety and health of parishioners, priests and staff above all else. So there is also a chance that this year’s Kermes season will be postponed until the end of summer or canceled again.
Fingers crossed more people get their hits and the honor system that the governor has put on us works. I’ll light a candle and report back when I hear something.