All Things COVID
We appreciate the patience of the community as we move forward with caution for everyone’s health and safety.
Bishop Duca has issued a statement about COVID-19 protocols for the Diocese of Baton Rouge in response to Governor Edward’s decision to remove the 75% limitation on worship services. This is the first paragraph of Bishop Duca’s letter:
Given Governor Edwards’ recent announcement and changes to COVID guidelines in the State of Louisiana, a variety of questions have arisen because he has lifted the capacity limits for houses of worship (even though he has done so with the understanding that physical distancing and the wearing of masks will continue). Despite these new recommendations from Governor Edwards, it is my desire that our current protocols regarding pastoral life and worship remain the same. These include continued adherence to mask wearing, practicing physical distancing (accomplished by using every other pew), and retaining current protocols for hand and building sanitization as has been done over the course of this past year.
Therefore, by direction of Bishop Duca, no changes are being make to our parish protocols at this time.
The complete letter from Bishop Duca can be read here.
The following links will get to you the needed information.
See the full PHASE III PROTOCOLS.
Whenever attending Mass – Sunday, weekday, funeral, wedding, or other – everyone is still expected to wear a face mask while in the church building.
Please remember Bishop Duca has stated:
The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics indefinitely.
For churches, the protocol stays at 75% of capacity. However, our churches must maintain the 6 foot social distance protocol as well. Therefore, the capacity for each church is as follows:
Sacred Heart: 128 St. Joseph: 182 Prompt Succor: 84 St. Michael: 191
Recently we have seen maximum capacity in live Mass participation. You should get to church early to make certain you have a seat.
Saturday Vigils: 4:00PM St. Joseph, Paulina
6:00PM Sacred Heart, Gramercy
Sunday: 8:00AM St. Michael, Convent
10:00AM St. Joseph, Paulina
5:00PM Sacred Heart, Gramercy
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
7:00AM Prompt Succor, Lutcher
Wednesday: 5:30PM Prompt Succor, Lutcher
Saturday 3:00PM St. Joseph, Paulina
Sunday 7:00AM St. Michael, Convent
4:00PM Sacred Heart, Gramercy