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As of Monday Evening (March 16th at 7:00PM) Here the latest directives from our Archbishop that I will be implementing immediately.
LITURGICAL ACCOMODATIONS DURING THE SUSPENSION OF THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH THREAT
(Updated: March 16, 2020)
The current public health emergency has brought about fears and anxiety in the hearts and minds of many people. However, it has also unified us as a people seeking the good for the other. In these trying times, faith is to be lived with reason, prudence, and wise judgment.
Therefore, in order to help priests perform their ministry with faith, prudence, and wise judgment, the Archbishop in consultation with the Auxiliary Bishops and the Council of Priests have established the following liturgical accommodations. These accommodations are to be followed until further notice.
- The public celebration of Mass has been suspended in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles effective March 17, 2020 until March 29, 2020, or otherwise extended. Churches may remain open for individual, private prayer observing their normal open/closure hours.
- Parishes are invited to inform their parishioners of opportunities to view the Mass via livestream. The weekday and Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angles via the LA Catholics Facebook page (facebook.com/lacatholics). For more information on additional Mass broadcasts on TV and radio, visit lacatholics.org/emergency.
- Priests are reminded to encourage the faithful to keep the Lord’s Day holy. Some ways to do this include: reading the Gospels, praying with your families, and to joining yourself to the sacrifice of the Mass by making an act of spiritual communion.
- Parishes are asked to cancel all Lenten penance services. However, priests are asked to continue offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation according to the parish’s regularly established reconciliation times.
- Consider offering confessions in spaces other than small confessionals. Please observe good spacing between the penitent and priest, while at the same time observing privacy for the penitent. Those waiting for the priest are asked to observe “social distancing.”
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
- Priests are to attend to the needs of those who ask for the Anointing of the Sick. If a priest is sick or considered to be a high-risk individual (e.g. elderly, suffers from respiratory conditions, immunocompromised, etc.), he should request assistance from another priest.
- Priests attending to the needs of the sick are to observe all proper sanitary protocols and, if necessary, check-in with proper medical personnel before entering the room of the patient.
- For the time being, sick calls and distribution of Holy Communion for the homebound are reserved to priests only.
- Priests are asked to clean and refresh their oil stocks before visiting the sick.
- Unless an emergency, the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism is to be postponed.
- Weddings are limited to celebration of the Marriage Rite itself and must be limited to a total of 10 people, including ministers.
- It is recommended that pastors notify couples who have already scheduled weddings.
- Funerals may take place only in the form of “The Rite of Committal with Final Commendation” (also known as the “graveside”). If desired by the family, a memorial Mass can be scheduled appropriately at a later date.
- It is recommended that pastors notify family members who have already scheduled funeral Masses.
- All Confirmations from now until Easter Sunday are postponed. The Office of the Confirming Prelate will contact parishes with Confirmations scheduled during the affected dates. Rescheduling will be handled at a later time.
- An announcement regarding the parish celebrations for Holy Week will be issued on or before Friday, March 27, 2020.
More from Fr. Paul
I do plan to continue to celebrate daily Mass for the regular Mass intentions and for the stop of the spread of the virus and for those who are sick, those in leadership positions, and for all during these times. If I can figure out the technology, I will livestream via facebook as we did with the Masses last weekend. Daily Mass time will continue to be 8AM. Here should be the link: @OLGChurch.hb
Our church will remain open during the day as normal for anyone to stop in and pray, especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament as we are forced to “Fast” from this sacrament for awhile.
I will be meeting with the staff soon to share more details about our operations!!! Please stay tuned!
Helpful Links/Prayers and news from Last Post:
- The readings for all Masses are available at the US Bishops website http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/index.cfm
- The Church will remain open daily as usual for personal prayer.
The parish office will remain open with the usual office hours. However, all Family Faith Formation, Confirmation, Light The World, and In The Middle classes in March are postponed. The program coordinators will be communicating with the families regarding at-home and online options for the classes.
The Archdiocese is providing COVID-19 updates about parishes and schools on their website https://lacatholics.org/emergency/
If you have any concerns, you may contact the parish staff at [email protected]
Finally, we urge you to keep steadfast in faith and in prayer through this time of uncertainty.
Yours in Christ,
Fr Paul, Fr Carlos and the parish staff
Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus
Most Reverend José H. Gomez
Archbishop of Los Angeles
March 13, 2020
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen