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These directives remain in effect as of March 24, 2020.
“The circumstances current in our community are such that attendance at Mass borders on an impossibility and thus there is no obligation to attend.” - Bishop Michael F. Olson.
Bishop Michael F. Olson has issued a pastoral letter to all priests, deacons, seminarians, religious men and women, and faithful laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth.
From the 3-24-2020 Pastoral Letter...
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 wherever possible. In masses that are live-streamed, priests should pray the Act of Spiritual Communion aloud that those participating through the live-streaming might pray along with the priest and with each other. An Act of Spiritual Communion will be published on our diocesan website. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament may also be live-streamed. We will reassess this decision next week in consultation and ongoing discernment with priests, deacons, the faithful, and civic officials.
As we move forward during these days that are, in many ways, uncharted and requiring of fresh discernment on each of our parts, it is especially important that we place as a priority the sick, the elderly, the infirm and also the pastoral care of first responders and medical personnel. This requires the health, availability, and willingness of our priests to anoint the sick and those in proximate danger of death as well as other clergy to distribute viaticum in accord with the rites of the Church. This also requires of the faithful a spirit of generosity and gratitude to avail themselves of spiritual communion and other acts of devotion to sustain themselves for both spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The availability of other sacraments to all the faithful is based in this sense of gratitude and love and should never be taken for granted out of a misplaced sense of demand. Solidarity based in Communion in the love of God is the way forward for all of us.
Previous Diocesan Adaptations
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
- Tarrant County: COVID-19 Testing Process Clarified
I do the same and encourage each and all of us to reject panic and embrace faith to make our contribution to the common good with solidarity and love for our neighbor.Bishop Michael F. Olson, Pastoral Letter 3-12-2020
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dedicated medical professionals here in the U.S. and around the globe are working diligently to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, it is important that we all remain calm, reject panic, and exhibit charitable behaviors consistent with Church teachings and praiseworthy of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Things to Consider First:
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).English | Español
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).English | Español