Diocese Of Fresno COVID-19 Protective Measures

March 13, 2020

Effective March 16–29, 2020

To Be Updated Weekly

Following consultation with the California Conference of Catholic Bishops, Government Agencies and Diocesan Administrative Cabinet, Bishop Joseph V. Brennan mandates the following directives that will go into effect on Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The Diocese of Fresno will provide weekly updates on its website at www.dioceseoffresno.org and consider an extension of these directives if needed.

ALL daily and weekend Masses will be suspended as of Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Urgent pastoral needs will be responded to according to each parish’s Pastor’s/Administrator’s directives.

ALL parish operations, activities, ministries, meetings of any kind, etcetera, will be suspended from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, 2020.

ALL Catholic Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. This means that campuses will be closed. There will be no classes, events, extended day services or any athletic practices allowed at the Catholic school sites in this diocese. It is our hope that on site classes can resume on Monday, March 30; unless, closure is extended by mandate of Governor Newsom.

ALL other operations such as the Diocese’s two retreat centers in Three Rivers, California, all Catholic Charities sites and Cemeteries will release separate announcements as applicable to public participation.

ALL diocesan employees are to remain at home beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, 2020, unless directed otherwise. Employees who have the capability of working remotely will be required to do so.

Phones at the Diocesan Pastoral Center Offices and Departments will be monitored on a regular basis.

Masses being celebrated this weekend will allow our clergy an opportunity to speak with their parishioners who chose to attend so that they may be better informed and assured that these protective measures are necessary out of care and concern for all God’s people.

This is a moment to deepen our commitment to the very principles which define us as Catholic Christians who have faith in God which leads to Charity and binds us together in Unity. There will likely be many opportunities in coming weeks to live out these principles in service to our families and communities. This is indeed a difficult time. It calls for strength, faith and commitment with cooperation and collaboration with health organizations to minimize the effects of COVID-19.

To support the faithful and the community, the diocesan website will provide updates, live streaming of Masses and resource material for private devotions and prayer at www.dioceseoffresno.org