March 17th

FROM - Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

As you are well aware, the scope and response to the COVID-19 crisis changes by the day and sometimes by the hour. In order to be in alignment with these national and federal guidelines, I am updating our directives.

1. Effective March 17, all churches and chapels, including adoration chapels and oratories are to be closed until further notice. I understand this will be difficult news to share, but based on input from our environmental consultants and given Gov. Baker's latest decrees, I had no choice but to take this additional truly painful step.

2. Funerals may ONLY be held and attended by immediate family and very close friends, and may not exceed the state mandated limit of 25 people. Times and dates for these should NOT be posted nor published.

5. Mass intentions can be moved to later dates or offered by priests privately.

I understand these are very difficult and disheartening measures, but they are essential if we are to slow down this terrible virus. The diocese will continue to update as circumstances warrant.

Let us all seek God's loving guidance as we endure this most challenging time.

From Fr. John: information and directives are changing rapidly. Please keep up with changes and updates here on our parish website.