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El Paso Catholic Diocese suspends Mass celebrations due to virus concerns

EL PASO, Texas -- Bishop Mark Seitz on Wednesday announced the El Paso Catholic Diocese will stop celebrating public Mass until further notice in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The measure effectively pauses weddings and funerals in addition to baptisms and confirmations.

Seitz said the decision was made "after consulting many of my brother priests as well as many lay leaders and in cooperation with the civil authorities of our region."

Below is the Bishop's letter detailing all the protocols that the Diocese is undertaking.

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  1. Funeral Rites:

    “At this time Funeral Masses will not be permitted, but private graveside rites with immediate family should be celebrated by a priest or deacon. Priests should offer one of his non-public Masses for the repose of the soul of the deceased. At a later date when Masses open to the public a Memorial Mass should be celebrated.”

    That just means that the Diocese is trying to contain the amount of people who are together in one place. The Diocese is trying to stay within the guidelines of what is safe for the community.

      1. PS. In typical abc-7 fashion, I don’t think they published the letter from the Bishop the first time around, only services to be cancelled, including funerals!

  2. Limiting mass is a good thing to help stop the spread of the virus, as the elderly make up a large part of attendance. Now if we could keep FeroDmbFck off the internet, we’d all be better off.

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