In response to the worldwide health emergency of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock will implement the following policies beginning March 19. This will be in effect through the entirety of Holy Week and until further notice.
It is very important that we maintain a faith perspective on this emerging situation. We want to keep the Sacraments of the Church available to our people. But we must also be prudent on our personal decisions regarding our own reception of the Sacraments in public settings if we are feeling ill.
Mass for the Homebound
Recognizing the grave situation, all Catholics in the Diocese of Lubbock are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays until further notice.
(under the authority given by Canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law). No regularly scheduled Sunday or weekday Masses will be celebrated in public.
Making a Spirtual Communion / The Care of Souls and the Forgiveness of Sins During This Pandemic / Act of Perfect Contrition
This dispensation remains in effect until revoked by Bishop Coerver. We ask you to consider watching Mass at Christ the King Cathedral, Saint John the Baptist (recorded and available Saturday by 5pm), Holy Spirit, or Saint Michael, Levelland (Spanish), live or recorded, via the internet.
Letters from Bishop Coerver
Phase 1: fundamental health practices
Phase 2: mandated precautions taken because the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic
Dispensation & non-sacramental Gatherings: categories of individuals dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, and serious consideration to large non-sacramental gatherings
Summary of Measures Implemented by the Diocese of Lubbock
Phase 3: dispensation from obligation to attend Sunday Mass, suspension of public Masses, etc.
Preparations for Communion to be made available, if possible, beginning April 25/26, to people at the conclusion of livestreamed/outdoor Mass Reopening Phase: Gradual reopening phase of our parishes - weekend Masses with a congregation beginning May 30/31, Pentecost Weekend, & weekday Masses with a congregation may begin tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, in those parishes that are prepared.