The novel COVID-19 coronavirus has created a public health threat to our Church family and community. In light of uncertainty over how widespread the virus may become in our region, the Diocese of Charlotte announces the following measures to protect the health and well-being of everyone:
In compliance with guidance issued March 16, 2020, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Masses and all parish gatherings at all churches in the Diocese of Charlotte are to be cancelled or limited to no more than 10 people. Churches in several North Carolina counties are under further restrictions due to “shelter at home” orders. Please check with your parish for updates.
- SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION WAIVED: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is lifted for all Catholics of the diocese until further notice. Please exercise prudential judgment in deciding whether to attend Mass. The dispensation from Mass does not remove the obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy: seek to refrain from work, spend time in prayer individually and as a family, and extend charity to others. If you are unable to attend Mass, you are encouraged to make a spiritual communion:
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
- CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SUSPEND CLASSES: All 19 Diocese of Charlotte schools have moved to remote learning until April 8 and suspended all in-school classes and extracurricular activities, in accordance with the governor’s Executive Order 117. Schools will be closed as originally scheduled for the Easter holiday and spring break, and school leaders will soon be evaluating whether to continue remote learning after spring break ends April 19.
Following the guidelines according to the CDC and the NC State government, our “in-person” Faith Formation opportunities may be delayed. In response to this, the Diocesan Office for Faith Formation would like to provide online resources for individuals and parents who wish to stay engaged in the spiritual development of their children.
Watch the March 15 Mass with Bishop Jugis
Bishop Peter Jugis offered a special videotaped Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent, March 15, from St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, to provide spiritual comfort to those who are homebound and enable the people of the diocese to pray together with him through a virtual platform.
The Mass can be viewed on the Diocese of Charlotte’s YouTube channel.
United as one family in Christ – especially during this Lenten season – we pray for those who are sick, for health care workers, and for peace in times of uncertainty:
Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayer to St. Roch and St. Rosalie
“Merciful Father, through the intercession of Blessed Mary, St. Roch, and St. Rosalie, deliver us from the current attack and subsequent suffering we are enduring from the coronavirus. May we seek to assist those in need in body or spirit and ourselves turn away from sin and trust in You. We ask this in the name of the Divine Physician, Jesus Christ Our Lord.”
The Diocese of Charlotte continues to monitor this evolving public health threat closely, and we remain committed to keeping you informed. This information will be updated as needed.
— Diocese of Charlotte Communications Office