Coronavirus information for the Diocese of Duluth
The Diocese of Duluth is continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its effect on our region and our local church.
Below are major steps the Duluth Diocese has taken, recommendations that have been given, and resources for further information:
- All public Masses are suspended through April 20, 2020, effective March 20, 2020.
- The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is lifted until the crisis passes.
- Priests may say a private Mass without a congregation present, remembering their people at Mass.
- Mass can be followed on television, radio, and online.
- Sundays are to be observed as the Lord’s Day through devotional practices such as an hour of silent prayer, the rosary and other devotions.
- Priests should see to it that churches remain open for an extended period of time each day so that those who wish may come and pray before the Lord in the tabernacle.
- The Sacrament of Penance should be offered at regular times.
- Priests are asked to place Stations of the Cross booklets in the churches and other devotionals for the private use of the faithful.
- Priests are asked to keep their parish offices open according to a schedule so that priests and people can stay connected.
- Gatherings of more than ten (10) people are cancelled.
- Pastoral Center staff have been encouraged to work from home when possible. Thank you for your patience as we respond to emails and voicemails.
- The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Duluth, as with the local public schools, closed March 18 in accord with the March 15 decision by the State of Minnesota to close K-12 schools. Teachers will be working to prepare lessons to continue meeting the educational needs of their students.
- Priests and the Faithful are asked to fulfill the requirements of the Corporal Works of Mercy during this time, as best they can.
- The sick are to be cared for with visits, Holy Communion, Anointing of the Sick, and Viaticum.
- Funerals are to be private (only family and close friends).
- There are to be no funeral receptions.
Concerning Holy Week liturgies:
- The Chrism Mass will take place as scheduled, but with only necessary ministers present.
- Priests should celebrate the Liturgies of Holy Week privately without a congregation.
- Priests should take special care to keep their churches open for an extended period of time on Good Friday.
- Baptisms, receptions into the Church and confirmations set for the vigil should be postponed to a later date.
- Should the measures continue, parish celebrations of First Communion and confirmation should be postponed to a later date.
- If you feel ill, stay at home.
- If you are 60 or older, or have an underlying medical condition, stay home.
- Wash your hands frequently (recommended 20 seconds).
- When with others, practice social distancing (recommended 6 ft between people).
- Stay informed using the resources below.
- Pray for each other and for all affected.
Livestream options for Mass
During this time of suspended public Masses, there are a number of places, both within the diocese and outside of it, where Mass is available via livestream.
A prayer of Spiritual Communion may be made at the appropriate time of the Mass, or at any time of the day or multiple times of the day:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Here are available and planned livestreams known at the moment.
Livestreams from within the Diocese of Duluth
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth: livestreaming a 5 p.m. Saturday Mass and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass on the parish Facebook page, possibly adding some number of daily Masses as well.
- Holy Angels, Moose Lake, livestreams all its Masses on the parish website, and the livestream is always up, so if the faithful would like to do a “virtual Holy Hour” before the Blessed Sacrament, that will be available 24-7. Daily Mass will be at 8 a.m.; Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (also on the local public access channel) and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
- Father Joseph Sobolik, of St. Cecilia and Mary Immaculate, is livestreaming his Masses on his Facebook page.
- St. Andrew, Brainerd, is planning to stream its Masses through Facebook Live Sundays at 10 a.m.
- Brainerd Lakes Catholic Churches, Brainerd, plans to livestream its Masses through the parish website.
- St. James and St. Elizabeth, Duluth, will be livestreaming a 10 a.m. Sunday Mass.
- St. Benedict Church, Duluth, will be streaming its Masses on its website. Livestreams can also be found on Fr. Joel Hastings' YouTube page. Daily Masses Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Latin), Thursdays at 8 a.m., and Fridays at 8 a.m. (Latin). Sunday Masses at 9 a.m. and noon (Latin).
- Father Blake Rozier, of Immaculate Heart, Crosslake, is livestreaming his Masses on his Facebook page. Daily Masses will be Tuesday through Friday at 8 a.m. (except on Tuesday, March 24) and Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. Masses will be reposted on Immaculate Heart's Facebook page.
- Father Mike Schmitz, of the University of Minnesota Duluth Newman Center, will be livestreaming Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. on Ascension Presents' YouTube channel.
- Father Brandon Moravitz, of Holy Spirit, Virginia, will be livestreaming his Masses on his Facebook page. Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m.
- St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, will be streaming its Masses on Facebook at 9 a.m. daily, including Sundays.
- Blessed Sacrament Hibbing, will be streaming its 8 a.m. Sunday Mass on HPAT cable Channel 5 or on the Hpat.org internet channel online. Mass is rebroadcast on Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 a.m.
- Father Nick Nelson, of Holy Cross, St. Martin, and St. Mary, will be streaming his Sunday Masses on his Facebook page. Masses will be reposted on the parish website.
- St. Anthony Church, Ely, will be streaming its Masses on Facebook. Daily Masses are 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Sunday Masses are at 10 a.m.
- St. Patrick's, Hinckley, and St. Luke, Sandstone, are streaming their Masses on Facebook. Sunday Masses are at 9:30 a.m.
- St. John's, Grand Marais, and Holy Rosary, Grand Portage, are streaming their Masses on Facebook. Daily Masses are at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday Masses are at 9 a.m.
Outside the Diocese of Duluth
Updated: March 31, 2020, 10:53 a.m.