Diocese of Davenport: Some people are not obligated to attend Mass

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi announces changes due to coronavirus concerns

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi announces changes due to coronavirus concerns

Most cases of COVID-19 are in Johnson County, so all group gatherings or meetings should be postponed if possible.

The celebration of Mass on Sundays and on weekdays - including Saint Patrick's Day - will continue as normal. Younger people are generally not affected as severely unless they have an underlying health issue.

Those who are unable to attend weekend Masses in their parish are encouraged to mark Sunday as well as they can by participating in Masses which are transmitted by radio, television or webcams.

Bishop Zarama is also asking to pray for each other, especially for those who are ill or afraid, and pray for healthcare professionals and for those whose daily lives are impacted by this situation. Therefore, no one who feels sick or feel like they may become sick should feel obligated to attend. It also further altered the way Mass will be held in the RGV.

All confirmations have been cancelled until further notice, adoration should not take place in small oratories, and where funerals, weddings and baptisms take place, the Bishop asks that only immediate family attend.

"While acknowledging that the following directives will involve sacrifice for all, we encourage a positive engagement in order that the most vulnerable amongst us can be protected and so that the coronavirus can be contained".

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While the obligation is gone to attend Sunday Mass, all regularly scheduled Masses will remain open to the public, the diocese said.

Church ministers are also washing their hands before distributing communion.

The most concrete form of solidarity for people of faith is first and foremost prayer.

Lucia is asking congregations to pray the Novena Prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and observe Mass on television or online if they can not attend in church.

The Ministry of Health issued advice yesterday to the National Liturgy Office urging it to stop hand shaking and sharing communion cups and holy water.

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