PUBLIC Mass suspended

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  1. Katfalls

    Katfalls Archangels

    We've just been notified by the Archbishop of Mobile! Al. That Easter is cancelled. What a blow. I was so hoping the virus crisis would be over by then. With a miracle it could be, I am now changing my prayer request to having Mass at Easter. Please Jesus, I need you.
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  2. Joan J

    Joan J HolySpiritCome!

    If not, it occurred to me today the next Sunday is DIVINE MERCY Sunday! How significant is that!!?

    Would that all churches be filled, after this imposed sacrifice on so many of us.
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  3. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    Very unlikely to happen here.

    Our Government has just announced very stringent restrictions lasting initially until Easter Sunday. Nobody is allowed to travel further than 2 kilometers from their own home. Over 70's and people in other vulnerable categories are to be coccooned whatever that means. No gatherings of any size with anyone who doesn't reside with you. In other words, people can't visit neighbours or relatives. Those who aren't coccooned can leave their homes to buy groceries or medication and to care for an elderly or vulnerable relative.

    I suppose that the measures are necessary to ease the burden on the health service so it's best to comply with them voluntarily. Our government seems to be copying the French model. The same restrictions have already been in place in France except that the limit is one kilometer from home and one hour per day to get fresh air and exercise. My heart sank when I heard our Minister for Health quote Victor Hugo as words of encouragement. God help us.
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  4. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Just awful, Dolours.
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  5. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    It seems to be the only way to fight the virus when there's no vaccination and no one size fits all treatment for those whose immune system can't fight it without intensive care in hospital. The plan is to keep the virus confined to households, preventing or reducing the number of clusters. I don't think that we are confined to one hour trips outside our homes as is the case in France. It seems to be ok to spend longer outdoors provided it's with people from our own household and within two km from home. I could be wrong about that.

    I need to correct an earlier statement I made about our parish church only opening for a couple of hours. That was incorrect. Although our church has had reduced opening hours, it wasn't reduced to two hours. I accepted what I heard without verifying it.

    Anyway, please God, this won't last very much longer. It's very worrying for health care workers and their families. Also, I don't know what's the situation for priests in respect of ministering to the dying. They all need our prayers.
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  6. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    You are right in what you have said, Dolours. This is completely unprecedented. I pray it won’t last longer. I watched the Holy Father today. I thought I heard that we are granted a plenary indulgence when we pray to God to stop this pandemic. I’m pretty sure I heard that. Correct me if I’m wrong. The means that were mentioned included the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet.
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  7. Dolours

    Dolours Powers

    I don't know. I think he said something on Sunday about a plenary indulgence for people dying from the virus if they ever said any prayers in their life, and for people caring for sufferers of the virus - emergency service workers, etc. - and people praying for them. I'm sure the details are online somewhere.
  8. non sum dignus

    non sum dignus Archangels

    Newark NJ....

    Wakes and funerals must be postponed until further notice. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. Burials may take place with only one funeral director, one witness and one priest being permitted into the cemetery with the deceased. Essential staff of Catholic Cemeteries will accept the deceased and perform the interments. Other than this, all Catholic Cemeteries and Mausoleums of the Archdiocese of Newark remain closed.

    • All baptisms must be postponed until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.

    • All weddings are postponed until further notice.

    • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice with the exception of an

    extreme emergency.

    • All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until further notice. Private

    prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until further notice.

    • Parish offices must be closed until further notice. Employees who provide essential services

    All public celebrations of daily and Sunday Mass suspended until further notice.

    • All public celebrations of the Sacraments and other public forms of worship suspended until

    further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, previously scheduled Confirmations, celebrations of First Communion, penitential services, Communion services, and Liturgies of the Word.

    • Anointing of the Sick: A priest may use a cotton-tipped swab or cotton ball as an instrument to anoint the sick person.

    • Holy Water should be removed from all fonts.
    So sad, so sad, so utterly sad.
  9. Mary's child

    Mary's child Powers

  10. Tanker

    Tanker Archangels


    My daughter's Confirmation has been postponed. It was supposed to be celebrated on May 8th. So very sad. This is in the diocese of Phoenix. We have a really good bishop in Phoenix and still the decision was made. Sigh.

    It is understandable given the panic and health concerns but still sad.

    Prayers for our priests and clergy.

    I wonder about the last rites (healing of the sick). Is that postponed as well :cry:
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  11. padraig

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  12. padraig

    padraig New Member

    If you have time you should listen to this very,saintly and wise hermit on the subject. It lasts 40 minutes but is wonderful.

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  13. Arby

    Arby Guest

    These things seem required now at home:

    Good Friday: do the Stations of the Cross devotion
    Correction: 9 Day Divine Mercy Chaplet begins on Good Friday.

    Easter: mass on Radio/TV

    continue with 9 day Divine Mercy Novena.

    throughout the ordeal or what quite a few of us do daily(crisis or not):
    the rosary each day.
    ohh, and a Divine Mercy Chaplet each day
    The Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet....these are the times!
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  14. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday.
    Thank you for your good post, Arby.
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  15. Shae

    Shae Archangels

    8978502B-04C1-42A4-81AE-E56E01268E99.jpeg 8978502B-04C1-42A4-81AE-E56E01268E99.jpeg Would love to see more clergy doing this!
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  16. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Yes, it is what this world needs, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to bless His people! I think St. Anthony of Padua did this. Thank God for Bishop Strickland.
  17. Thaddaeus

    Thaddaeus New Member

    Report from Poland: Now there can be only 5 people in the church, not counting the priest and service. I went early to the first mass for six hours early in the morning and didn't get to the church anymore. There were already 5 people. I ran to the expensive church at 7 o'clock. I was able to get to Mass. there were 8 people. The priest included these additional people (3) as service, they had to read the readings and the psalm. Thank God we still have priests who think how to outsmart the law. But it is generally a horror to get to holy mass.
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  18. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    Pope Benedict’s biographer: Eucharist is as essential as food, medicine
    Peter Seewald criticized the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    By Martin Bürger
    Peter Seewald, Pope Benedict XVI's biographer Franco Origlia / Getty Images
    March 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Benedict XVI’s biographer, German author Peter Seewald, has slammed the Catholic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lamenting “the paralyzing fear of those of little faith.”

    He asked rhetorically, “Man does not live by bread alone. Is not then the Eucharist, the spiritual food, at least as valuable as the things from the bakery and from the pharmacy?”

    In an article published by faithful Austrian Catholic news website, Seewald first pointed out that society has by now come to a standstill.

    “Too much has run its course, been pushed too far, pushed to the limit,” he wrote.

    He then turned to the state of the Church, arguing that it shows “the situation of the Christian faith in a drama that must shake.”

    “The churches are not closed,” Seewald wrote. “But there are no worshippers in the pews.”

    “The church services are not canceled, but they are forbidden by the state. However, where is the outcry that even Confessions, adoration, and blessings are no longer possible?”

    While no bishops were arrested, he said, “many of them seem to be locked away.”

    Catholic faithful in the early Church, during the time of persecution, were asked why they congregated for Mass, even though the emperor had explicitly prohibited it.

    “Sine dominico non possumus,” they responded.

    Pope Benedict explained the meaning of that Latin quote during a homily in 2005: “We cannot live without joining together on Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. We would lack the strength to face our daily problems and not to succumb.”

    Seewald continued, “If this is the case, and it is the case, then it requires imagination and especially the courage to live the Christian faith even in times of need.”

    “A church that shuts out even the remaining small group of upright Christians is as absurd as a bicycle without tires,” he said.

    Seewald emphasized he was not encouraging anyone to violate rules of sanitary conduct. Instead, he referred to votive tablets, which can be seen everywhere in Germany and Austria, for instance at pilgrimage sites.

    Whenever prayers were answered, especially during times of distress, the faithful would commission a little tablet thanking God, Our Lady, or another saint for the miracle. That tablet was then placed in a church, or by a little shrine in the countryside. While the custom of votive tablets is not as popular as it used to be, it has not died out fully.

    Seewald said “it is urgent to find ways to bring the Christian faith back out of the loneliness of distance and exile; also to give comfort to people – and a sign of hope and confidence to the world.”

    In his remarks, Seewald echoes Cardinal Raymond Burke, who released a statement on the coronavirus pandemic on March 21.

    “In considering what is needed to live, we must not forget that our first consideration is our relationship with God,” Burke wrote. “In combating the evil of the coronavirus, our most effective weapon is, therefore, our relationship with Christ through prayer and penance, and devotions and sacred worship.”

    “We turn to Christ to deliver us from pestilence and from all harm, and He never fails to respond with pure and selfless love. That is why it is essential for us, at all times and above all in times of crisis, to have access to our churches and chapels, to the Sacraments, and to public devotions and prayers.”

    Regarding the reception of the Eucharist, as well as all other sacraments, he said it should be as normal as going to a grocery store. “Just as we are able to purchase food and medicine, while taking care not to spread the coronavirus in the process, so also we must be able to pray in our churches and chapels, receive the Sacraments, and engage in acts of public prayer and devotion, so that we know God’s closeness to us and remain close to Him, fittingly calling upon His help.”

    Peter Seewald conducted four book-length interviews with Pope Benedict XVI. The first two, Salt of the Earth and God and the World, were published when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

    Light of the World was released while Benedict was still the reigning Pontiff. In 2016, after he had already resigned the papacy, Last Testament came out.

    A monumental biography of the Pope emeritus, written by Peter Seewald, will be released in German on May 4. The German edition has almost 1,200 pages.

    The English translation will be published by Bloomsbury Continuum in two volumes, the first of which will be out on November 17.

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  19. SgCatholic

    SgCatholic Maranatha

    I agree with Cardinal Burke and Peter Seewald.

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  20. AED

    AED Powers

    Yes. In the Old Testament--Isiah or Jeremiah or Ezekial--i will have to look it up--it speaks of "those days" coming wherein there will be famine but not a famine of food but "for the Word of God." Jesus is the Word of God made flesh who we receive Body Blood Soul and Divinity. We are in a famine for the Word of God. Surely.
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