Updated June 24, 2020
The novel COVID-19 coronavirus remains a public health threat to our Church family and community. The Diocese of Charlotte has put in place the following measures to protect the health and well-being of everyone:
In the pastor’s prudential judgment and in accord with liturgical norms, parishes may offer indoor Masses and/or continue with outdoor Masses, provided that they meet applicable public health directives to promote social distancing and reduce transmission of the coronavirus, including:
- maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between individuals (except family/household groups);
- wearing masks or cloths that cover the nose and mouth;
- practicing cleaning and best hygiene practices, including frequent handwashing and sanitizing high-touch surfaces between services.
Please check directly with your parish for the latest information.
- SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION WAIVED: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended for all Catholics of the diocese until further notice. Please exercise prudential judgment in deciding whether to attend Mass. People who are ill or vulnerable to infection are strongly encouraged to stay at home and attend Mass virtually on TV or streamed live online. 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.
Following guidelines from CDC and state officials, “in-person” Faith Formation opportunities have been delayed. In response, the Diocesan Office for Faith Formation is providing online resources for individuals and parents who wish to stay engaged in the spiritual development of their children.
United as one family in Christ, 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