Effective April 4, 2020
- All parish churches and public chapels are to be closed unltil further notice, except in those cases listed below.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be limited to those in serious need. Confessions should be arranged by appointment.
- Baptisms are to be delayed, if possible. However, should Baptism be required, no more than 10 people, including clergy, are permitted to be present, taking extreme caution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
- Weddings should be delayed, if possible. However, should a wedding occur during this time of threat, no more than 10 people, including clergy, are permitted to be present. Proper social distancing must be maintained.
- When a person has passed away, it is encouraged that burial at the cemetery take place without a prior funeral Mass and that a memorial Mass be scheduled for family and friends at a later date. Should, however, a funeral Mass or liturgy occur within the church building, no more than 10 people, including clergy, pall bearers, and the staff of the funeral home, may be present, taking into account all normal precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
- All scheduled spring Confirmations by the bishop have been cancelled and will be administered by pastors at a later date.
- Reiterating a previous directives, the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick must be given to those who are gravely ill or in the active process of dying, following all CDC guidelines for everyone’s safety.