Bishop Guglielmone announces cancellation of public Holy Week Masses

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone issued a memo March 24 regarding Holy Week Masses and information on continued prudent measures for protecting the faithful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his memo, he stated that public Masses will continue to be suspended until further notice.

“Although we hoped to open our church doors to the faithful sooner than later, the ongoing spread of COVID-19 will prohibit us from doing so. We will continue to celebrate Mass virtually until further notice, which includes Holy Week and Easter Sunday,” the bishop stated in his memo.

Holy Week Masses will be live streamed from the Pastoral Center. Links can be found on the COVID-19 Response page of the diocesan website.

  • Palm Sunday, April 5: Mass in English at 11 a.m. and in Spanish at 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6: Mass at 8:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 7: Chrism Mass at 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 8: Mass at 8:30 a.m.
  • Holy Thursday, April 9: Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 8 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 10: Liturgy at 3 p.m.
  • Easter Vigil, April 11: Mass at 8 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 12: Mass in English at 11 a.m. and in Spanish at 12:30 p.m.

Bishop Guglielmone said churches will remain open for private prayer, but adoration in an exposed monstrance will not be permitted.

The bishop also noted that all Catholics are dispensed from Fast and Abstinence for the duration of Lent, except for Good Friday.

In regard to penance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an indulgence has been offered by the Holy See. Read more on Vatican indulgences here and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Bishop Guglielmone also expressed his gratitude to his priests and all the people who have continued to provide outlets of faith and to reach out to their fellow brothers and sisters during this unprecedented time, as liturgies and devotions are shifted to the virtual world.

“I have heard from so many people that they are grateful for our efforts to bring the faith into their homes,” he said.