What You Need to Know

There is a lot of information floating around regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. Rather than create yet another source, we have decided to launch this page to lead you to the websites and documents you may be looking for. Below you will find some of the communications that have gone out to the employees and priests of the diocese, as well as links to those national and local resources which will provide you with the most detailed and recent information. Check back weekly for new items as more unfolds about the coronavirus.

Video message from Bishop Joseph Kopacz on Morality of COVID Vaccines


Lifting of Dispensation effective June 5/6

Updated Directives – May 18, 2021

Updated Directives – April 30, 2021

Updated Safety Requirements for Catholic Schools (March 26, 2021)

U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

Note on the morality of using some anti-covid vaccines – from the Vatican/Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Updated Directives for Youth Ministry and Other Faith Formation Activities March 1, 2021

Updated Directives – January 14, 2021

Return to Religious Education, Youth Ministry and Other Faith Formation Activities – January 14, 2021

Moral Considerations Regarding the New COVID-19 Vaccines

Updated Directives – December 4, 2020

Updated Directives for Parishes – November 19, 2020

Updated Directives for Parishes – October 9, 2020

Directives for Re-Opening Churches for Public Worship (May 15, 2020)

Letter to Catholic School Families – Closure through end of 2019-2020 school year (Espanol)
Second Holy Week Message from Bishop Kopacz
Holy Week Message and Directives from Bishop Kopacz
Ring Bells in solidarity with healthcare professionals
Statement announcing suspension of Mass and Parish Ministries through April 30   (Espanol)
Letter to Catholic School Families – Closure through April 17 – March 20, 2020   (Espanol)
Letter to Catholic Schools and Early Learning Centers – School Closure Week 2 – March 17, 2020    (Espanol)
Statement from Bishop Kopacz on COVID-19 – Suspension of Mass and Parish Ministries Effective Immediately – March 17, 2020     (Espanol)
Coronavirus Update for Catholic Schools and Early Learning Centers – March 14, 2020
Dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation – March 14, 2020     (Espanol)
Diocesan Response to Prevention of Coronavirus – March 13, 2020  
Coronavirus Update to Catholic Schools – March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Update to Early Learning Centers – March 13, 2020   (Espanol)
Letter of Diocesan Directives from Bishop Kopacz – March 9, 2020    (Espanol)
Notice: suspension of the distribution of the Precious Blood during the Eucharist – February 29, 2020

Directives to Parishes

  • Bishop Kopacz continues to dispense all the faithful from the Sunday Obligation to participate in Mass until further notice.
  • Public Masses in the Diocese of Jackson are opened – please see individual parishes for details on attendance and follow diocesan directives when attending. 

Helpful Links

Center for Disease Control
Mississippi Department of Health
Mississippi Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453 (open 24/7)
Workspace and Household Cleaning
White House Coronavirus Guidance – March 16, 2020
COVID-19: The Crucial Role of Nurses in Public Health Emergencies