DO I "HAVE" TO GO TO MASS?

  • At this time, all Catholics in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux remain dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

  • You do not have to attend Mass if you are unable or feel unsafe in doing so.

  • You may observe the Lord’s Day by praying together as a family, by watching a Mass via livestream, or by doing some other act of devotion.

 

SHOULD I GO TO MASS?

  • While Catholics do not have to attend Mass, if you are healthy and feels safe, we urge you to consider attending Mass in person.

  • If you are healthy, and feel safe in returning, we would love to see you in person.

  • While making a spiritual communion is acceptable, the ideal is to receive the fullness of God and the fullness of communion in person.

  • Ask the Lord if it's time to come back.

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • Mass will feel a bit different for the time being.

  • It will likely not be the triumphant return that many of us are imagining.

  • Safety precautions required are not ideal; however, your health and safety remain a priority.

 

MASS INDOORS

  • Sit in designated pews

  • Respect social distancing

  • Members of the same households may sit together, but there must be a six-foot distance between households at all times.

  • Masks are required

 

REGARDING HOLY COMMUNION

  • Considering the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks associated with its transmission, and health of those distributing Holy Communion, the lay faithful are strongly urged to receive Holy Communion in the hand.

  • Should any physical contact occur during the distribution of Holy Communion, the priest or lay extraordinary minister, will stop and sanitize their hands.

  • In the event that the communicant receives Holy Communion on the tongue, the priest or lay extraordinary minister will stop and sanitize their hands.