Bishop Deshotel, in accordance with the permission given by Governor John Bell Edwards, has given Pastors of the Diocese of Lafayette the permission to offer outdoor Masses with the necessary precautions in place.
Thankful for this permission and knowing that many of our Parishioners are hungering for Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist, I am excited to be able to offer outdoor Masses this Sunday, May 3. An outdoor Holy Mass will be offered at 8am in the Extraordinary Form and at 10am in the Ordinary Form.
It is very important that we do not lose sight of the fact that the COVID-19 Virus is a highly contagious and dangerous pathogen. We must maintain and continue our precautionary measures to ensure that we are protecting one another from the spread of the virus.
Please give particular attention to the following policies/information:
As you should remember, Bishop Deshotel has dispensed all Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette from their obligation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice. This remains for all Catholics who cannot or choose not to attend Holy Mass for just reasons.
Therefore, all persons who are ill (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, loss of taste/smell etc.) as well as those with preexisting conditions should remain home and not attend Mass. Also, persons over 65 years old are at a higher risk of experiencing worse symptoms than others if they contract the coronavirus virus and should also consider not attending Mass. As Catholics have been doing since the stay at home order went into effect, they can watch televised live-streamed Masses at home.
The Sunday Masses will be offered under the breezeway of Redemptorist School. We will prepare the space to be clean and safe, and mindful of health needs and issues, prepare for a non-touch experience. Metal chairs will be prepared with the proper social distancing. Parishioners may also bring chairs if they desire to. Family units may sit in groups, but six feet away from other individuals.
According to State regulations, persons in public gatherings are strongly recommended to wear masks or face coverings. The face covering should be put on when exiting your vehicle, removed at the time of Holy Communion, and afterward until you get to your vehicle. You are asked not to assemble and socialize before or after Holy Mass, and to proceed immediately to your vehicles.
Instructions will be given for the distribution of Holy Communion at the Holy Mass.
Parishioners should park in the church parking lot and in the parking lot of the school.
Giving thanks to God for this grace of the possibility of attending Holy Mass after so many weeks, let us do all we can to safely make it possible. God bless!