Important Parish Reopening Information

Weekend Masses Resume the Weekend of July 4th and 5th
Daily Masses Resume Monday, June 15

Please Read: Weekend Mass to Resume on July 4th & 5th

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Precautions

Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Celebration of Mass

The directive from the Bishop’s office is that Mass will continue to be celebrated at this time. Only Bishop Cote has the authority to suspend Mass.

The Bishop has granted a general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for those who need to absent themselves due to illness. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of sickness, you are not obliged to attend Mass, and even out of charity ought not to attend so as not to expose others to their illness.

Obligation Commutation

For those who are elderly or considered vulnerable (over 60 years of age or those who have chronic illnesses, immune system deficiencies or underlying health conditions), those who care for them and their children, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is commuted (i.e., can be fulfilled in lieu of their participation at Mass) by doing one of the following and making an Act of Spiritual Communion:

  • Watching Sunday Mass on TV or online. The Mass is offered daily from the Catholic TV (available by clicking here). Our diocese is working on live-streaming the 9:00 a.m. Mass from the Cathedral on the Diocesan website. Additional information will be forthcoming;
  • Reading and reflecting upon the Scriptures for Sunday – available on the Diocesan website, USCCB website (by clicking here) and in print through hand missals, missalettes and subscription services;
  • Praying 5 Decades of the Rosary – the Sorrowful Mysteries being particularly suited to both the current situation and the Lenten Season; or
  • Meditating on the Stations of the Cross

Cancellations

Other than Mass, all ministry activities, meetings and gatherings including the Fish Fry have been cancelled in an effort to minimize contamination from the Corona Virus until the crisis has passed. (The only exception at this time is Confessions will still be heard on Monday and Wednesday nights and Adoration is still planned to continue on Friday).

Stations of the Cross will go on tonight, Friday 3/13, in both parishes. This will be the last Stations of the Cross of the Lenten season. A decision has not yet been made regarding Living Stations on Good Friday.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available and additional directives are issued.

Additional information