Notice about COVID-19

This page was last updated on Sunday April 12, 2020.

We have received an instruction from Cardinal Collins asking Catholic parishes to close all churches and chapels, even for individual private prayer, effective immediately. The Cardinal has granted dispensation from the Sunday obligation for all weekends on which Masses are suspended. Daily Mass at the Oratory is available online here, live-streamed at 10am (Novus Ordo) and 11:30am (Usus Antiquior). For a meditation on the practice of making a Spiritual Communion, click here.

Please note that, in accordance with the Cardinal’s instructions, all parish meetings and events (including classes and devotions) are cancelled at this time.

Please check back later for further updates concerning ways that the Fathers of the Oratory will continue their pastoral work in this difficult time. At this time, the Fathers have begun to broadcast reflections and meditations here.

The Cardinal’s March 24 letter regarding the closure of churches can be read here. The Cardinal’s March 20 letter regarding the suspension of masses and activities can be read here.

Special Indulgences

The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a decree granting special Indulgences to the faithful suffering from COVID-19, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who are praying for them. Full details can be found here.

Announced Masses

People who have booked announced masses can rest assured that the masses are being said privately by the Fathers on the stipulated day.

Scam Alert

The Archdiocese has warned us that various scams have arisen surrounding COVID-19. Some of these have the form of selling COVID-19 testing kits, while others appear to be requests, purportedly from the pastor, for iTunes gift cards.

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