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  • Coronavirus Crisis Directives & Guidelines

     1.  All Masses offered by priests are to be by himself and not open to the public (excepting Funeral Masses covered in my previous directives).  One Mass per week must be offered for the people.  If you requested a Mass for a loved one on a certain date and want it rescheduled after this crisis has passed, please let Father know by       March 23.
    2.  The Faithful are encouraged to participate in a live-streamed Mass.  The Bishop will offer Masses from the chancery chapel that can be viewed on-line.  The daily Mass from Bishop Barron’s Chapel can be viewed by clicking on the link above this notice. There are also options on television/Internet sources.  Other liturgies, devotions, classes, etc., may be live-streamed.  For all, and especially for those without Internet:  DVD, CD, Catholic radio and print resources may be distributed for prayer and formation use.
    3.  Confirmations, First Reconciliations, First Communions, and Quinceañeras are to be postponed.
    4.  All parish PSR classes, adult faith formation classes, events and meetings are cancelled or postponed. 
    5.  Chrism Mass is not open to the public.  
    6.  Holy Week and RCIA:  All Holy Week liturgies are cancelled.  We pray that this health crisis subsides, so that the Candidates and Catechumens may receive their sacraments by the Vigil of Pentecost.
    7.  Priests will continue to administer Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum as usual, respecting the regulations of nursing homes and hospitals, and calling ahead to the homebound. 
    8.  I encourage the pastors to keep the Church doors open as much as possible, at least        during daylight hours, for the faithful to make a prayerful visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
     9.  Parishioners should be encouraged to continue sharing their tithe and alms to their parish by electronic giving, checks by postal mail, or by a secure drop-off location in the parish.

  • IMPORTANT! Coronavirus Update from Bishop Brungardt

    Statement of Bishop John B. Brungardt
    Regarding Cancellation of Public Masses
    in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City
    due to the coronavirus crisis
    March 16, 2020

    "Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
    In conjunction with the bishops of Kansas, effective 1 p.m. March 17, 2020, and until further notice, all public celebrations of the Holy Mass in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City are cancelled except for funeral Masses.
    Funeral Masses must be limited to no more than 50 people, including clergy, assisting ministers, family members and friends. No funeral luncheons may be held. A Funeral Liturgy outside Mass must be limited in
    size as above. In addition to celebrating the funeral Mass or funeral liturgy outside Mass, families and pastors are encouraged to schedule Memorial Masses for their loved ones in the future, when public health restrictions are relaxed, so that larger numbers may gather if desired. Reviewing my announcement of March 13: "Until further notice, I have dispensed the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City from the obligation to attend Sunday Holy Mass."
    All Communal Penance Services are cancelled. Priests should continue as much as possible to offer individual confessions at regularly scheduled times. Confessions are to be heard only behind a screen or other barrier and not face-to-face. At no time should there be more than 50 people gathered in the church waiting for confession. Baptisms may continue but only parents, sponsors (godparents) and immediate family members who are asymptomatic may attend, and in no case more than 50 people. I encourage all of the faithful to continue to join together in prayer to our Loving God for the health and
    protection of our diocese, nation and world, and for an end to this crisis. I encourage all families and individuals to pray with the Bible, pray the rosary and other devotions, and invoke the intercession and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary, Health of the Sick, for these intentions and for the health and wellbeing of our brothers and sisters who are ill, for their caretakers, and for all doctors, nurses, medical and emergency preparedness personnel, medical researchers and elected officials. Do not come to any public gatherings if you are sick, if you have been exposed to the coronavirus, if you suspect you have been exposed or if you have been advised by a doctor not to go out in public or attend public
    gatherings. Please assist others in this crisis, especially the elderly and poor. Further guidelines will be given to our priests. Thank you for your faithfulness and prayers. "When [Jesus] disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he
    cured their sick" (Matthew 14:14).