Updated COVID Restrictions

December 4, 2020

In light of the current surge of COVID-19 cases, we are updating our restrictions for church gatherings. Please do everything you possibly can to enforce our safety protocols currently in place. We cannot stress enough the importance of these protocols being followed completely. We do not want to add to the burden of our already overwhelmed healthcare system. These heroes need our prayers, our cooperation, and our diligence every day.

Our simple sacrifices now will hopefully enable us to have in person Christmas Masses.

To be transparent, we will be monitoring the situation closely and if protocols are not being followed and numbers of cases continue to spiral upward, we will be forced to suspend in person Masses again.

Effective immediately:

  • All church gatherings other than Masses are suspended until further notice.
  • All protocols currently in place for Masses must be strictly enforced.
  • Social-distance church capacity numbers must be kept.
  • Weddings, if scheduled, must be small and all present must wear a mask. This includes entire wedding party, priest or deacon, photographer, coordinator and guests.
  • Funerals must be small and graveside only.
  • Sacraments such as baptisms and confirmations if possible should be delayed until after the Baptism of the Lord in January.
  • Guadalupe celebrations outside of a Mass for the Feast on Saturday, Dec. 12 are cancelled.

Click here: Prayer of Pope Francis to Mary for Protection During the Pandemic

U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference to be livestreamed

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Catholic bishops will gather Nov. 16 and 17 for their annual meeting, but this time in an online format because of the coronavirus pandemic. In what is undoubtedly one of the largest virtual gatherings of Catholic bishops in the world, more than 300 prelates are expected to log on for the two-day meeting with plenary sessions to be livestreamed from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 1 p.m. to about 2:45 p.m. Nov. 17, both Eastern Standard Time, to accommodate the variety of time zones. The sessions will be livestreamed at www.usccb.org/live via a YouTube channel.

“Hopefully, this is the only (annual bishops’ meeting) we have to do this way, but you never know,” said James Rogers, chief communications officer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Nov. 10 interview with Catholic News Service. The online format becomes a challenge at a time when the prelates are expected to discuss some of toughest issues affecting the world, the nation and the church, and it comes days after the release of an extensive report on former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and his ascent to power despite abuse allegations against him.

Catholic Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarship applications for the Brunini Memorial Scholarship and the Stella Schmidt Memorial Scholarship are open.

The Brunini Scholarship is for any undergraduate at a Catholic college or university. Area of study is not restricted. Applications are due by December 1. Click here for more information.

The Stella Schmidt Scholarship was established to be used specifically for tuition assistance for advanced studies in theology or religious education at Spring Hill College. Applications are due by December 1. Click here for more information.