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.

 

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?

  • Yes.

  • On March 2, 2021 Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana would move to Phase III of COVID safety precautions.

  • There, the Governor indicated that in Phase III masks are still required in churches.

  • Masks still need to be worn while inside churches. Therefore, we will continue to require masks for Mass.

 

WHAT ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING?

  • The Governor also stated that social distancing is encouraged.

  • Therefore, after consultation and discernment, Bishop Shelton Fabre has informed pastors that they have his permission to remove rope or tape from pews in our churches. 

  • While capacity restrictions have been lifted, I urge us to honor our Governor’s request and the safety of those next to you and practice social distancing as best as you can.