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March 14, 2020 @ 6:01 pm by natecms2014new

Coronavirus – Changes to Mass

Saturday March 14, 2020:  For those who are not getting the updates from the Diocese, here is a link to the letter from Bishop Gruss.  The key to this update is that due to the Executive order we must keep Mass sizes less that 250 attendees.  This is normally not an issue for us at Nativity of the Lord, as our Saturday numbers are around 100-125 and our Sunday numbers are around 200-225.  So we are NOT cancelling Masses or adding additional Masses at this time.  So if you have questions, Regular Masses at Nativity of the Lord ARE STILL TAKING PLACE.

Here is a summary from Bishop’s letter as well:

The following precautions are for all parishes

    • Refrain from shaking hands during the Sign of Peace (bow or verbal gesture is appropriate
    • Refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s prayer
    • Cease distribution of the Precious Blood (Christ is present under both species of the Blessed Sacrament)
    • Remove Holy Water from water fonts
    • Strongly urge the faithful to receive the Holy Eucharist only in their hands instead of on the tongue, to mitigate the transmission of saliva
    • Priests, Deacons and EMHC should practice good hand hygiene
    • Suspending all parish faith formation classes and youth events for same time period as K-12 schools are closed

Please follow all guidelines of safety outlined by messages from the Diocese and from the Center for Disease Control.  If you do not feel well, or have  been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus, please stay home.  Bishop Gruss has dispensed all from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass.

As we all try to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus the following events will be cancelled (as per the Diocesan Guidelines) until after April 6th.

  • Mardi Gras has been postponed until a date to be determined (we hope in May).  Refer to the St. Mary School Website for more information
  • Faith Formation, including Youth Ministry, are suspended
  • Stations of the Cross on Wednesday evening are cancelled
  • Coffee and Donuts are cancelled until after Easter
  • Fish Fry will be take out only – but please refer to the Knights of Columbus for any updated communication

May God Bless You and Keep you Safe!

Deacon Rick

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