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Friday, March 13, 2020

Notice to Catholics from the Diocese of Norwich, CT

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General Dispensation Granted and Precautions Taken in Response to COVID-19(coronavirus)

 Posted on March 12, 2020 in: News

The following is a summarized version of a letter emailed to the clergy of the Diocese on Monday March 9th. 

In light of the general concern about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Bishop Michael R. Cote has granted a general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for those who are ill or experiencing symptoms of illness. Anyone experiencing symptoms are not obliged to attend Mass, and out of charity they ought not attend. 
As a reminder, the precautionary measures that were put in place at the beginning of the flu season are still in effect.
  • The Sign of Peace and the distribution of the Precious Blood are suspended until further notice. 
  • Communicants may be encouraged to receive in their hands rather than on the tongue. However, as has been made clear by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in its Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum (25 March, 2004) “each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue” (n. 92)
Public Masses ARE NOT being cancelled at this time
Bishop Cote has asked that you join him in praying for an end to this illness around the world as well as for those who are suffering with it.

Should you have any questions regarding these precautions at Mass or other parish events please speak with your pastor.

The Diocese of Norwich is continually monitoring this developing situation, consulting with health care professionals and experts when appropriate. We will update you as changes warrant. 

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