Temporary Suspension of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Norwich
Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham and Fishers Island, New York), and continuing until further notice.
This decision was made in light of the recommendations of healthcare professionals and Governor Ned Lamont's executive order requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters and the prohibition of civic, social, and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people, including religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings of such size.
Priests will continue to celebrate a daily Mass with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Also, pastors are encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open during the day so individuals can still come and pray and make an Act of Spiritual Communion with the Lord.
Further information regarding other sacramental and liturgical celebrations, Holy Week and Easter, and all celebrations beyond that date will be forthcoming. People can visit NorwichDiocese.org for updates as they become available.
Unless we hear differently, our church will be open from 7am to 7pm to accommodate those who want to come and pray. We will continue to produce the weekly bulletin, which will be available on-line on Thursday and in church on Saturday afternoon.
We will send out further information as it becomes available. Let's all pray that our prudent efforts will quickly lessen the impact of this pandemic and protect all those who are working hard to bring relief and find, with God's peace, a solution.
May our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph watch over us!
Fr. John Gallagher O.F.M. Cap.