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Bishops, we your faithful flock, implore you to do everything you can to make the sacraments more available to us during this crisis

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Something is terribly wrong with a culture that allows abortion clinics and liquor stores to remain open but shuts down places of worship.  While safety and cooperation with civil authorities is necessary, we must do everything we can to have access to what is essential for our spiritual lives.  We should certainly not voluntarily deprive ourselves of the sacraments.

Please, Bishops: 

1. Find ways that you and your priests can provide the Anointing of the Sick, especially to those at risk of dying. Click here for some ideas.
2. If a state or local government prohibits priests from ministering to the sick in the hospital or in their homes, make a personal and formal request of civic leaders to permit such ministry with assurances that all due precautions will be taken.
3. Demand that civil authorities recognize religious services as essential services.
4. Demand that civil authorities permit events such as offering and attending a Mass in a parking lot, if they are currently prohibited.
5. Do everything you can to make possible some form of a public Mass, especially the Easter liturgy, and then encourage pastors to conduct it.
6. Offer the Mass yourself in public, especially the Easter liturgy.
7. Do everything you can to find a safe way of distributing the Eucharist, with due precautions.
8. Do everything you can to enable parish churches and shrines to remain open for prayer and adoration, with due precautions.
9. Inform your flock of your efforts and of whatever is done to advance the greater availability of the sacraments.

 

We must use the means Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church have provided us to combat the evils of this world. The Bishops, our Spiritual Fathers, must take active and public roles in bringing to our wounded world, the sacramental graces needed to survive the COVID 19 pandemic.

We assure you of our ardent prayers and sacrifices.

Sacraments 2020 Open Letter

Bishops, we your faithful flock, implore you to do everything you can to make the sacraments more available to us during this crisis. Something is terribly wrong with a culture that allows abortion clinics and liquor stores to remain open but shuts down places of worship. While safety and cooperation with civil authorities is necessary, we must do everything we can to have access to what is essential for our spiritual lives. We should certainly not voluntarily deprive ourselves of the sacraments.

Please, Bishops:

1. Find ways that you and your priests can provide the Anointing of the Sick, especially to those at risk of dying. Click here [JS1] for some ideas.

2. If a state or local government prohibits priests from ministering to the sick in the hospital or in their homes, make a personal and formal request of civic leaders to permit such ministry with assurances that all due precautions will be taken.

3. Demand that civil authorities recognize religious services as essential services.

4. Demand that civil authorities permit events such as offering and attending a Mass in a parking lot, if they are currently prohibited.

5. Do everything you can to make possible some form of a public Mass, especially the Easter liturgy, and then encourage pastors to conduct it.

6. Offer the Mass yourself in public, especially the Easter liturgy.

7. Do everything you can to find a safe way of distributing the Eucharist, with due precautions.

8. Do everything you can to enable parish churches and shrines to remain open for prayer and adoration, with due precautions.

9. Inform your flock of your efforts and of whatever is done to advance the greater availability of the sacraments.

We must use the means Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church have provided us to combat the evils of this world. The Bishops, our Spiritual Fathers, must take active and public roles in bringing to our wounded world, the sacramental graces needed to survive the COVID 19 pandemic.

We assure you of our ardent prayers and sacrifices.

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