Message from Archbishop Jackels, to the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, regarding the coronavirus:
After consultation and considerable prayer, it has been decided – out of an abundance of caution and with devotion to the common good – to take steps aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, to flatten the curve, as they say, so as not to overburden the healthcare system. Therefore, beginning on 19 March 2020 and until further notice, the following provisions have been taken:
All public celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled. All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
During this time, the Archbishop will live stream a celebration of Holy Mass each Sunday, as well as the Chrism Mass (and the Triduum, if the situation has not changed by then), and will lead the Rosary each week on Thursday. Visit www.DBQArch.org for more information about these live streamed events.
More from the Archbishop:
Good Friday Prayer
Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB, will lead the nation in praying the Litany of the "Sacred Heart of Jesus on Good Friday, 10 April 2020 at 11 am Central Time, to seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God's children.
By a special grant from the Vatican a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.
A Plenary Indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due to sins, and may be applied to oneself or to the souls of the deceased.
To receive this indulgence, the faithful need to: pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday; be truly repentant of any sins they have committed and receive the sacrament of reconciliation (at the earliest opportunity); and pray for Pope Francis' intentions.
Archbishop Jackels Mass schedule is available HERE at the Archdiocese of Dubuque website.
All Pastoral Council and Finance Council meetings will be rescheduled when normal activities resume.
Our cluster purpose is to welcome and inspire the community to share and nurture our Catholic faith through prayer, sacraments, service, and love of God. Our core values are community (understanding, caring and addressing the needs of individuals, couples and families), encouragement (giving hope, inspirations and support to others), excellence (maintaining the highest ministry standards that bring glory to God in Faith Formation, sacred liturgy and community service), and prayer (communicating with God in words, in song and in the silence of one's heart).
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