Mass in my area has been canceled until further notice

I live in new Mexico and our archbishop has canceled all mass services in our archdiocese until further notice. What should I do?
Does anyone know if something like this is happening anywhere else?

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It’s happening all over and there are several threads here on the situation.

Stay home and keep the day holy as best you can. There are many streaming sites for online Masses. You can join in spiritually and make a spiritual communion.


In the United States it seems as though some bishops have cancelled Mass.

I am in New Zealand, where Mass is still being celebrated as usual but with restrictions (e.g. no holy water in the font).

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Sunday obligation has been lifted in my area. Services will continue for this weekend. I want very much to go, but I have long-standing diabetes. I plan on participating in the Mass online.

Going to Mass is central to our faith and involves the most important aspect of our faith—receiving the Eucharist. It is also a mortal sin to miss any given Sunday obligation. So, it’s understandable that people are anxious about not going to Mass and not being able to receive.

However, we have to remember that men were not made for the Mass, so to speak. Yes, the Eucharist is essential for us, but missing Mass in order to save the health and/or lives of our brethren in Christ is not only acceptable, especially under the approval of your bishop, but perfectly reasonable.

We don’t have record of Christ dealing with the yearly flu season, but I just can’t imagine He would be good with us infecting people (and them infecting people and them infecting people and them infecting people, etc) with a potentially deadly disease in order to come to Him.

In fact, doesn’t faith, the Bible and the teachings of our Holy Church tell us that HE comes to US during extraodinary circumstances that we may never need despair?


Same thing is happening here in the Diocese of Fresno, California. All Catholic activities are being suspended for two weeks starting on Monday. At least we can go to Mass tomorrow.

In my diocese the obligation was lifted but Mass is still happening. I have a feeling that any day now Mass will be cancelled. I went this evening and it was only about a quarter at most of the usual attendance for this Mass time.

iI is happening all over the world. Be at peace. Make a spiritual act of communion. Attend via a live-stream mass online.

We are called to obey the shepherds which our Lord has placed to watch over us.

What is far worse is to disobey and become infected, or infect someone else.

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Stay home, follow your bishop’s instructions.

I’m not sure what you mean “what should i do?” What else would you do?

Yes. Certainly. It’s all over the news. Read a news site like CNN. The diocese of Rome has closed all churches. Dioceses in many countries and a good number in the US have either canceled public masses or dispensed the faithful from attendance while still permitting priests to celebrate mass publicly.

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It’s like that in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Best to follow instructions. Obedience is a virtue.

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They canceled all of them in AR too… including, at this time all the way through Easter. We are missing Lent this year unless I go up to Missouri…and that’s 4 hrs one way. Not possible this time of year.

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We are not missing Lent this year. We are being handed opportunities for additional prayer, fasting, and almsgiving on a silver platter.


I wish I could give this a thousand likes. I was so bummed when my archbishop changed things from no obligation to Masses cancelled until further notice tonight. We just have one more thing to offer up this Lent!
And y’all don’t forget to keep up your donations if able…bills still need to be paid.


I just found out we have a byzantine catholic church in my area that hasn’t canceled its liturgical celebration. Should I go to fulfill my sunday obligation?

If you are a Latin Rite Catholic subject to the Archbishop of Santa Fe, he has suspended your obligation, so strictly speaking, you do not have one. You could go to the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, but you do not have to. It’s up to you.

3/14/2020 i went to morning Mass, with the usual spontaneous rosary beforehand. The priest has a short homily on weekdays. He ended it with a recall of the recent incident in WashDC where an Episcopal priest distributed communion to his congregation, findinfg out later (I guess) that he was infected with
c-v. He remarked (and I’m quoting him directly) “if [he] gets infected with c-v, you’re all screwed.”

Perhaps this was his way trying to drive home the point about the pandemic and the diocesan policy/ Later, we all lined up to receive the Eucharist. We were warned, I guess.

Thank you for the advice

You don’t have a Sunday obligation. You bishop has dispensed the obligation.


My diocese has not canceled Mass, but one of the counties adjacent to both the county I go to church in and the county I live in, (because they’re not the same but both of which border this other county), has a case of Coronavirus. However, the Diocese of Charleston has made precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, so that’s good. I can’t say I oppose to omitting the kiss of peace, the most socially awkward part of the Mass.

It’s happening in my area. All parishes closed until further notice.

Our Diocese is allowing one parish to remain open. No parishioners. Just the Priest celebrating Mass on Sunday which is then streamed in our area throughout the week.

All activities cancelled until further notice.

There will be no Meatless Meals after Stations, no Stations, no Lenten Penance Service.

No decision yet on whether we’ll even be able to celebrate Mass on Easter.

For now, Sunday obligation has been lifted in my area, but masses have so far not been canceled. There are restrictions of course, and all baptismal and holy water founts have been drained. The sick and vulnerable are asked to stay home. Confession was held outside yesterday. I just hope confession is not canceled altogether, but it is what it is. I am in the AD of Atlanta.

We might not have “it” under control, but God does.

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