COVID-19 Announcements

Announcements and messages related to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

The Special Plenary Indulgence

April 1, 2020 - Answering the questions: What is the special indulgence recently granted by the Apostolic Penitentiary for those who are sick and their caregivers during the time of the COVID-19 outbreak? What is a plenary indulgence? Why is an indulgence granted by the Church? What should I do if I want to seek an indulgence?

I can't go to Confession?

April 1, 2020 - The pope said his response would be, “Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.”

Archbishop Lori Announces Liturgical Guidelines to Protect the Faithful Against the Illness

March 5, 2020

Archbishop William E. Lori has announced the following suggested guidelines for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy during this flu season and in light of concerns about the Coronavirus. These guidelines reinforce recommended practices to reduce the transmission of illnesses and their implementation is left to the discretion of each pastor.