The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

A Message: “Rejoice in Hope”

Effective Immediately: All Churches In, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare, and Kern Counties Are To Be Closed – Including Parish Offices.

Governor Newsom has ordered the stopping of all inside church services, effective immediately.

** Inyo And Mariposa Counties Are To Remain Open Per Diocesan Covid-19 Guidelines.

Below are the only church services that can be accommodated at this time:

  • Inside live streaming or taped church services. A maximum of ten persons can be onsite/ inside the church- this number includes all essential crew and religious personnel to complete the live stream or taped church Mass.
  • Outside church Masses can continue if the outside temperature is 90 degrees or under.
  • A Maximum of 100 parishioners are allowed at any one Mass gathering- No exceptions.
  • Due to the temperature of summer- please have lots of water available.
  • Bathrooms must also be open and cleaned regularly after each Mass.
  • Facemasks are required- No exceptions- (Per previous Diocesan COVID-19 Guide).
  • 6- foot distancing is required- No exceptions.
  • NO SINGING IS ALLOWED- EVEN OUTSIDE- NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Due to mask requirements please set up a station- side area with water and shade for persons feeling heat exhaustion or if fainting occurs.
  • Congregants are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
  • All sacrament Masses are allowed outside- Baptism, Wedding, Funeral, First Communion and Confirmation- if the proper social distancing and all safety guidelines are adhered to.
  • No drive through Masses are allowed.
  • Only essential office personnel can come to work at this time.
  • The church offices are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC – NO EXCEPTIONS.

A more detailed amendment to the Diocese of Fresno COVID-19 guidelines will be out before this week’s end with additional guidelines regarding COVID-19 outbreak guides and specific concerns.

GOD Bless you, be strong and be healthy!

Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.

Efectivo Inmediatamente: Todas Las Iglesias De Los Condados De: Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare Y Kern
Deben Cerrarse, Incluidas Las Oficinas Parroquiales.

El Gobernador Newsom ha ordenado que se suspendan todos los servicios de la Iglesias que sean dentro del edificio, esta orden es efectiva de inmediato. Los Servicios afuera/exteriores están permitidos.

** Los Condados De Inyo Y Mariposa Permanecen Abiertos Por Las Directivas Diocesanas Covid-19. No Cambios Hasta Ahora.

A continuación, se detallan los únicos servicios religiosos que se pueden realizar en este momento:

  • Dentro de la transmisión en vivo y en línea (internet) servicios de la iglesia grabados. Un máximo de diez personas puede estar en el sitio / dentro de la iglesia; este número incluye todo el equipo esencial y el personal religioso para completar la transmisión en vivo o la Misa grabada de la iglesia.
  • Las misas de la iglesia exterior pueden continuar si la temperatura exterior es de 90 grados Fahrenheit o menos.
  • Se permite un máximo de 100 feligreses en cualquier reunión masiva: sin excepciones. Ver lineamientos de la Diócesis de Fresno.
  • Debido a la temperatura del verano, tenga mucha agua embotellada disponible. Por a hora las fuentes de agua estarán cerradas.
  • Los baños también deben abrirse y limpiarse regularmente después de cada Misa.
  • Se requieren máscaras faciales sin excepciones (según la guía diocesana COVID-19 anterior).
  • Se requiere un distanciamiento de 6 pies- Sin excepciones.
  • NO SE PERMITE CANTAR- INCLUSO AFUERA- NO EXCEPTIONES.
  • Debido a los requisitos de la máscara, organice un área al lado de la estación con agua y sombra para las personas que se sienten agotadas por calor o si se produce un desmayo.
  • Se requiere que los feligreses traigan sus propias sillas.
  • Todas las Misas sacramentales están permitidas afuera (bautismo, boda, funeral, primera comunión y confirmación) Recuerde respetar el distanciamiento social adecuado y todas las pautas de seguridad.
  • No se permite servicios en carro (Drive-through).
  • Sólo personal de oficina esencial puede venir a trabajar en este momento.
  • Las oficinas de la iglesia están CERRADAS AL PÚBLICO – SIN EXCEPCIONES.

Una enmienda más detallada a las pautas COVID-19 de la Diócesis de Fresno saldrá antes del fin de esta semana con pautas adicionales con respecto a las guías de COVID-19 y algunas preocupaciones específicas.

Dios le bendiga, manténgase fuerte y manténgase saludable

Obispo Joseph V. Brennan, D.D

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As KNXT has ceased broadcasting, this livestream of Daily Mass from Holy Spirit Church, Fresno, will be displayed here and on the parish website beginning at 7:30 am Monday through Friday.