Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Bishop Andrew Bellisario has suspended public Mass until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The suspension of public Masses and all other gatherings is extended until further notice. Public Masses and gatherings will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
"When I suspended public Masses and gatherings on March 13, I was hopeful that by now the situation would improve and we could resume gathering together," Bellisario said. "However, national and state health mandates remain in place, which includes travel restrictions and quarantines. Local governments are enacting 'hunkering down' and 'stay at home' ordinances, and COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Alaska."
All Catholics in the Diocese remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. At the same time, they are asked to remember their obligation to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Priests will continue to offer daily private Mass and when possible livestream the Mass.
The Chrism Mass will be livestreamed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. The public celebrations of Holy Week liturgies are also suspended. These liturgies will be livestreamed from the cathedral and parishes that have livestream capability.
First Holy Communion is postponed until after public Masses resume. Pastors will determine the date and time.
Confirmations will be rescheduled for the fall.