With the spread of COVIC-19, Bishop Rhoades has ordered:
All Catholics in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass while this suspension is in effect.
(TV Mass and live-stream online options can be found at http://www.diocesefwsb.org/covid-19.)
At the present time, parish churches should remain open for private prayer and adoration of the Lord in the tabernacle.
There should be no “scheduled” services that would bring people together at a specific time. These include services of
- Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
- Scheduled confessions,
- Stations of the Cross.
You can use the following prayer from Saint Alphonsus
Liguori to make a “spiritual communion”:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You
sacramentally, come at least into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
- “What If Public Masses Are Cancelled?” – by Timothy O’Malley of the McGrath Institute for Church Life
- “Why Community Is Needed Now More Than Ever” – by Leonard DeLorenzo of the McGrath Institute for Church Life
- “I am a scientist working to stop coronavirus. We should cancel all Masses.” – by Patrick O’Neill
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