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'I'm so sad': Catholics prepare for a Sunday
without Mass thanks to pandemic

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Posted By: ladydawgfan, 3/14/2020 5:52:51 PM

After the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington on Thursday announced the cancellation of upcoming Masses because of the coronavirus pandemic, many Catholics are scrambling for other options. Archbishop Wilton Gregory issued a dispensation from the Sunday obligation and recommended that people watch livestreamed Masses instead. But for many Catholics, simply watching Mass, on Sunday as well on St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s Day, the two major feasts next week, is an unsatisfying prospect. "I was shocked, but what are you going to do?” said Jacquelyn Basso, who lives part-time in D.C. “I’m so sad they’re not going to have Mass."

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Gosh, just like they did in 2010 during the OBAMA H1N1 epidemic . . . Oh, wait! No, they DIDNT!!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gnana1 3/14/2020 6:12:14 PM (No. 346445)
Oh poop! Watch a mass on TV. Better than that watch Jimmy Swaggart.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: sydney727 3/14/2020 6:22:07 PM (No. 346459)
Absolutely outrageous. There should be more Masses, not fewer. People should be free to stay home if they are ill (they always have this option) or fear being close to others, but no Mass at all is unacceptable. Mass should be held even if there are only a few in the church. God should never be shut out.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bamapreacher 3/14/2020 6:41:16 PM (No. 346479)
Luke 7:21 "At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind" (NIV). On my church's Facebook page I announced we would hold our 10A.M. service as usual with a special call for individuals to offer up prayers for victims of this corona virus during the time we offer regular weekly prayers for friends and family members and community members who are sick or shut in (as well as for the poor, our country, our military, etc.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Maggie2u 3/14/2020 7:18:01 PM (No. 346506)
Hope this is all over before Easter, it would be terrible if Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Sunday were cancelled.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Illinois Mom 3/14/2020 7:21:40 PM (No. 346510)
I feel the same way. I understand completely why it is being done but in times of crisis it has always been a tradition for Catholics (and I am sure other faiths as well) that we "The Church Millitant" come together as one to pray for ourselves and each other. We fully recognize that God is everywhere and can hear our prayers at any time, but uniting together at Mass, is special and because it can happen anywhere in the world it is the embodiment of the definition of the word "catholic"...that is, universal. A couple of my close friends and I were talking last night and we all felt disquieted about this, especially during Lent. We all felt that if this election does not go to Trump and a socialist wins, somewhere down the road the closing of all churches and synagogues, permanently, is a very real possibility.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: dovestar 3/14/2020 7:29:48 PM (No. 346519)
For anyone interested, St. Mary's of Pine Bluff livestreams their Masses on their Facebook page. I watched a beautiful High Latin Mass earlier today, thanks to Fr. Heilman, who also has a great page, United States Grace Force. Oremus!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: volksford 3/14/2020 7:29:55 PM (No. 346520)
I ask this out of pure curiosity ...where is the Pope ? He was glad handing parishioners eight days ago and reported ill shortly thereafter.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: FormerDem 3/14/2020 7:50:25 PM (No. 346545)
Well I do not know what the Orthodox are doing, and I do not know how they would feel about having visitors, but Jesus comes first, so under these circumstances, if I still lived in DC, I would try to go to Mass in Arlington but if I couldn't, I would go to the Orthodox. Because we don't doubt their Sacraments, we are just divided from them. Merely a schism, we don't question that their priests are priests and their Mass is Mass. I wonder how they would feel about it. Probably not want more people. But even so, I would try, and if pushed away, I would leave. So the Lord would know I really, really, really tried.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lawsy0 3/14/2020 8:19:07 PM (No. 346555)
They come first for the Sunday people. Next, they'll come for the Saturday people
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Reply 10 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/14/2020 8:37:19 PM (No. 346570)
Wait a minute. If I remember my catechism correctly I must go to confession, get absolved , go to mass, take communion Straight up ticket to Heaven. I think the Catholics do martyrs too (maybe no virgins except pedophile priests in training). Give me a big fat Catholic break for your BS.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Kate318 3/14/2020 8:47:51 PM (No. 346577)
This is unacceptable. Full stop. Demons dance on the world stage, and fear, ignorance, cowardice, and false humility rule the day. The modern-day Catholic Church has succumbed to the enemy of our soul, and in attempting to appear responsible and cautious, has left its flock floundering in despair, without a spiritual rudder. A pox on all their houses.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bohallx 3/14/2020 10:25:53 PM (No. 346614)
The largest Catholic church in this area is just up the street, and they have about a dozen masses on weekends..... huge number of Philipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and Latino Catholics in the area ~ and their kids ~ They know all about QUARANTINE, if not from their own experience, from their grandmothers ~ so they ALL stocked up with enough stuff for a month this last week. So did we. I think they will get along with fewer masses, and fewer trips out into the world to rub shoulders with people at the time the Great Plague of 2020 reaches its peak. Then, afterwards, they'll all return to the regular schedule. It's called COEXISTENCE with deadly plagues.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: PageTurner 3/15/2020 12:01:26 AM (No. 346654)
I'm sad too. I snuck up to the altar and touched the relics on the way out.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mifla 3/15/2020 4:45:10 AM (No. 346729)
Here is ATL, Masses go on as scheduled, but attendance is not mandatory. Works for me.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: kono 3/15/2020 11:14:12 AM (No. 347012)
Our parish is adding 6 Masses every Sunday from next week through April, #2. The aim is to provide Mass to our parishioners while honoring the city's ban on gatherings of over 100 people, even though the city gave an exemption to essential religious gatherings. Like St. Thomas Moore's example, we'll look for ways to satisfy the earthly king without violating our covenant with the heavenly King. Only when the former makes the latter impossible, are we forced to contravene the former. With both other local dioceses cancelling Mass, we could very well find ourselves with overflow crowds at 15 Masses, though. And that might force us to find a more creative solution. Pray for the world. Pray for faith.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: JackBurton 3/15/2020 12:37:50 PM (No. 347108)
Mass is being held at regular hours in my town but the local bishop has issued a dispensation for those not wanting to go. I missed today but, with classes cancelled, I'll probably go to a daily mass on one or two days.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Smart11344 3/15/2020 8:07:09 PM (No. 347504)
Will Christ our Lord Rise on Easter Sunday?
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