As you may know, Governor Kemp has issued a “Shelter at Home” or “Shelter in Place” order for the entire state. Taking his decree into account, I would like to reiterate that for the parishes and missions of the Diocese of Savannah, the Holy Week Liturgical Directives are still in force and that the suspension of public masses will continue until further notice. Also, church events of more than 10 people should be canceled.
Necessarily, there are a few things that should be done at once at all of our parishes so that we as Catholics in the Southern part of Georgia do our part in contributing to slowing the spread of the virus in our parishes and our communities.
The Parish Office should be closed or the hours should be significantly reduced.
The Church should be closed and locked.
We do not want to be the reason that our faithful will be tempted to violate the Shelter at Home order of our duly elected officials. This is something we are doing out of charity towards our people and the community. It is our way of participating in slowing the spread of this virus.
Regularly scheduled parish confession times should be canceled, and individual confessions may be heard at the discretion of the priest according to pastoral need. The faithful can be referred to paragraphs 1451-1452 of the Catechism concerning contrition and the forgiveness of sins.
Be assured of my continued prayers for you and your people! Stay safe and well!
Ora pro invicem!