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 Gradual Lifting of Covid-19 Protocols, Version 2 (click here)


The following links will get to you the needed information.

Why wear a Face mask?

Bishop Duca’s January 17, 2021, letter asking for renewed vigilance against the corona virus




Whenever attending Mass – Sunday, weekday, funeral, wedding, or other – everyone is still expected to wear a face mask while in the church building

Funeral Masses starting 1 June 2021


Please remember Bishop Duca has stated:

Bishop Duca will reinstate the obligation to attend Sunday Masses effective the weekend of June 5th and 6th. Mask protocols are still required at all Masses. 

Click here to find the link to website Masses.  Continue to use the St. Alphonsus “Spiritual Communion” prayer while watching the Mass or even as part of your personal daily prayer.

For churches, the protocol stays at 75% of capacity.  However, our churches must maintain the 6 foot social distance protocol as well. 

Recently we have seen maximum capacity in live Mass participation. You should get to church early to make certain you have a seat.


Mass Virus-Safety Protocols

1.   Every person must wear a face      mask the entire time you are in       church; there are no exceptions.

2.   Every person must obey the 6 ft. social-distance rule, at all times: in the church; entering or leaving       church; and even in the parking lot.

3.   Only pew seats marked with Blue Tape can be used.  Do not sit in       non-designated pew seats.


     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