HERE WE PRESENT IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER ALL THE ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THE 2020 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
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Please note that this information is current and overrides any schedules or information provided in published church bulletins (including for March 22 bulletin as it was sent to the publisher before these developments). We will NOT be following the schedules printed in bulletins but only that which is listed in this notice.
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BISHOP SUSPENDS MASSES AND LITURGIES THROUGH EASTER (March 18 Letter)
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BISHOP SENDS LETTER RE:LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES (March 15)
BISHOP SENDS LETTER TO PARISHIONERS (March 14)
Click here to read the latest letter from Bishop Dewane.
This letter extends the dispensation of the previous memo to all the faithful. Anyone wishing to stay home from Mass at this time is excused from the Sunday obligation and advised to keep Sunday a day of prayer and reflection on the Gospel, perhaps by watching a Mass on television.
BISHOP DEWANE ISSUES MEMO (March 13)
Click here to read the latest guidance offered by our bishop that supplements and expands upon the guidelines posted below. Perhaps most importantly, Bishop Dewane writes the following:
Out of pastoral concern for the health and well-being of all of our people, I have decided to offer the following dispensations. I dispense from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass those who are sick and those providing care for them, those with chronic medical conditions or severely compromised immune systems, those whose age or frailty causes them to be at greater risk, those that have been exposed to the coronavirus and those who because of anxiety may decide not to attend Mass.
As long as any of the above-referenced conditions continue, this dispensation shall remain valid.
Note: Those who refrain from attending Mass due to above conditions should, if possible, devote time to prayer or observe Mass on television or the internet. While nothing can replace attending and participating in Sunday Mass or receiving Holy Communion, those who refrain from Sunday Mass due the above conditions
have not committed a sin.
Furthermore, the following instructions are given for the church during Mass:
All missals and other printed material that may be handled by parishioners should be removed from the pews since there will not be enough time between Masses to properly sanitize them. If using worship aides, they should be used one time and disposed of after each Mass. In addition, efforts should be made to display the words of the hymns, and other parts of the liturgy If possible, on screens or walls within the Church.
Collection baskets should be retrofitted to Include a handle for the ushers to use as they pass through the congregation, which will eliminate the need to pass the basket from person to person, A possible alternative, that could be utilized until the baskets are retrofitted, would be the establishment of fixed collection locations within the Church with ushers standing next to the basket for the offertory. If this short-term option were
Implemented, It Is suggested that this take place during the exit from Mass as opposed to conducting It during Holy Communion. Hopefully, by the following week, the collection baskets can be modified, or new ones ordered, to accommodate the new procedure.
The doors to the Church should be propped open or held open by a greeter before and after Mass to minimize the number of surfaces parishioners need to touch.
The memo also includes many guidelines about representatives of the church visiting the sick. Please click the link above to review the complete letter.
MARCH 8 CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES
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