REGARDING SUSPENSION OF MASS AND PARISH MINISTRIES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Jackson (March 24, 2020) – The current and anticipated surge of diagnosed COVID-19 infections in Mississippi and throughout the nation compels us to extend the ban on all public gatherings in our churches in the Diocese of Jackson through April 30, 2020.
It is disappointing to accept the reality that we will not be filling our churches throughout Holy Week, Easter, and early on during the Easter season. Yet, there positive signs that our mission to “proclaim Jesus the Savior by living the Gospel, so that all may experience the crucified and risen Lord,” is alive and well even in the throes of the current austerity.
The Mass is available throughout the day, Lenten devotions abound around the diocese, and the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, adoration, etc. are feeding the flock daily.
The extended time of closure impacts in the following ways:
¨ Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday will be live streamed from the Cathedral and in many churches throughout the diocese.
¨ Palms will be blessed in our parishes, but we are not encouraging their distribution until a later date when the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 is greatly reduced or eliminated.
¨ Penance Services can be live-streamed, and all can ask and receive God’s mercy from our hearths and homes.
I thank you for your attention to these important matters. In all corners of the diocese our Catholic faithful are being proactive, and we will continue to nurture and to live our faith as the Lord’s disciples during these lean times. May our Prayer for one another be faithful and heartfelt.
NOTE: As the concerns continue, you can open this website
https://jacksondiocese.org/public-health-concerns/ for more information.
In an effort to continue to practice our faith, you can join us for Mass, Adoration, Rosary and Stations of the Cross at St. Francis on tv
or computer through these websites:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ6_RZsxN8NAce5qV3cPd-A or on Facebook StFrancisAssisiMadison.
Once the risk is over, we will re-institute the diocesan norm.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.