Diocese of Springfield issues new guidelines for local schools and parishes

Parishes told to add Masses, if necessary, to keep maximum attendees under 250.

By Mark Schneider, WGEM, March 13, 2020

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois issued an update regarding Masses, parishes, and schools under it’s jurisdiction in regards to concerns of the coronavirus.

The diocese stated Friday that all Catholic schools will be closed for during the week of March 16th.

This includes the cancelation of all extra-curricular activities, social events, and other school-related gatherings.

The diocese states teachers will work on plans for remote learning opportunities.

Masses and sacraments will continue to be offered throughout the diocese.

Schools are being told to use this opportunity while closed to disinfect their buildings.

Masses and sacraments will continue to be offered throughout the diocese.

The diocese is asking parishioners to assess their health status and should remain home if they feel sick or feel their health is compromised.

The diocese has communicated to pastors to add an additional Mass if they expect a Mass having more that 250 people in attendance in keeping with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s request.

Parishes are also being asked by the diocese to follow similar guidance as it relates to other parish activities with larger crowds.

This article first appeared HERE.