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All public celebrations of the liturgy, as well as Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, and all other group services, Bible studies and activities are to cease beginning immediately. The duty for priests is to continue celebrating Masses “sine populo”, and should include the assistance of at least one other adult minister if possible. All churches are to remain open to individuals for personal prayer, devotions and
confessions.

Holy Mass can also be viewed on TV or online at catholictv.org, EWTN, and the Catholic Faith Network.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: It is recommended that the Sacrament of Penance be celebrated using a screen (anonymously) to ensure the health department’s social distancing guidelines.

Weddings/Funerals/Baptisms: The decision regarding whether to continue with weddings and funerals should be made by the parish pastor. The Archdiocese of St. Louis recommends limiting attendance at these sacred events to immediate family members only, or rescheduling to a future date when possible. Parish pastors should determine whether to continue with baptisms. Where possible, the Archdiocese of
St. Louis recommends postponing baptisms to a later date.

 

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