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5th Sunday of Lent
TCCB: An Annunciation Message of Hope
March 25, 2020
On this Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Catholic bishops of Texas offer some words of living faith and hope to our people in this extraordinary time of anxiety and illness. While we are facing so many unknowns, we can be certain of God’s faithfulness. The Annunciation of the Lord is a feast of hope in God's goodness and power to intervene on our behalf.
The Magnificat, the song of praise sung by our Lady at the Visitation with her cousin Elizabeth, is a song of hope. Our Blessed Mother is filled with God’s grace. Her prayerful proclamation of complete dependence on and communion with God at the Annunciation inspires us all to rely on his grace, which will sustain us during this pandemic.
Together with our brothers and sisters around the world, we are threatened by the effects of this disease, and we must be united in our efforts to mitigate its spread. Our faith calls us all to follow Mary’s example of trust and reliance on the Lord, and, most importantly, her living faith in the Lord. ...
Pastoral Letter To All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth
March 24, 2020
As I have written to you several times during the recent days of this pandemic, it is incumbent upon us to be mindfol that the Eucharist is, above all, a sacrament of charity, that binds us together in the unconditional love for God and our neighbor. I thank you for the manner in which each of you: our priests, deacons, seminarians, religious, and faithful laity have given of yourselves in being inconvenienced with joy through such practices as social distancing and hygienic sanitizing for your own health, that of your neighbor, and the common good of our communities throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth. Your cooperation and solidarity have demonstrated a great love and gratitude for the gift of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives, the Sacrament that makes us the Church.
Out of this same love for our neighbor and in cooperation with the latest order by our civic officials to "stay at home" I am hereby directing that the most recent practice of the public distribution of the Eucharist after masses without a congregation be stopped for the time being. I am making this decision in the interest of public health and for the prevention of the spread of the virus. Scheduled Masses should continue to be celebrated in parishes by priest's sine populo (without a congregation present) and should be livestreamed...
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