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Directives on Mass and Sacraments-COVID-19 OWD 27MAR20 (2) 

The Bishop has notified us that due “to the great need to further limit the numbers of people gathered, so as to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I have asked that all public daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Raleigh be suspended at this time until further notice.”  The full text of this notice may be read at:

Therefore, for the duration – ALL masses at Sacred Heart have been cancelled.

Cancelled until further notice

Guidance on Masses, ministries and the sacraments

Based on updated guidance from public officials regarding the continued need to further limit the numbers of people gathered, and particularly as more local communities issue “stay at home” directives so as to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the suspension of all public daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Raleigh continues until further notice.

The following directives are also established until further notice in conjunction with the above:

  • All gatherings in parishes also are suspended effective immediately until further notice, including faith formation, CCD, RCIA, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, etc. Exceptions to “stay at home” orders have provided provisions allowing for the video streaming of religious services with appropriate health precautions and limitations of numbers of essential participants.

Ideally, any virtual Masses should be live when broadcast, not recorded. Please see here for additional USCCB guidance re: televising the liturgy. Celebrations of the Mass which are live-streamed may not include public distribution of Holy Communion before or after the broadcast. Masses in open areas around the property of our churches are also strongly discouraged.

  • All Penance Services, School Masses and Healing Masses are cancelled.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is to be suspended except for those in danger of death. All other means of providing the Sacrament should cease. In particular the practice being observed of “stational penance” via automobile “drive throughs,” etc., should be discontinued. In addition, it needs to be noted and communicated that an indulgence has been offered by the Holy See. Please educate your parishioners on this important measure provided to you and to them during this time.
  • In the current state of the pandemic, great care should be taken with the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. While the full prescribed ritual for anointing may not always be possible given the status of an infected person, please follow the guidance outlined in Canon Law, which offers us:Can. 1000 §1. The anointings with the words, order, and manner prescribed in the liturgical books are to be performed carefully. In a case of necessity, however, a single anointing on the forehead or even on some other part of the body is sufficient, while the entire formula is said.

    §2. The minister is to perform the anointings with his own hand, unless a grave reason warrants the use of an instrument.

    If an instrument such as a cotton ball or cotton swab or gauze is used, please only use such instrument once, collecting all used instruments to destroy as conveniently as possible.

    In the event an anointing cannot take place, then prayer over the sick and with the family of the sick is most appropriate and will offer consolation and hope. In these instances, suggested prayers, that do not mention anointing with oil from the ritual, are selections B, E, and G under Prayer after Anointing, Anointing in a Hospital or an Institution in Pastoral Care of the Sick. In as far as it is possible, Viaticum should be administered to the dying and those in danger of death.

  • Confirmations have been suspended. Celebrations of the sacrament are being evaluated on a week by week basis. Provisions will be made for the eventual delegation of faculties for pastors to confirm candidates at the earliest convenience.
  • During the Season of Lent baptism should only be administered in danger of death. Celebrations of the Sacrament of Baptism should be suspended until after the lifting of restrictions on gatherings.
  • For the foreseeable future, funerals should be simple graveside services with a small gathering of immediate family. A memorial Mass may be celebrated at a later date.
  • Weddings should adhere to “stay at home” directives limiting gatherings. Broadly, across the Diocese of Raleigh, weddings should consist of gatherings of 10 or less and must use the Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass.
  • Additional directives on the celebration of the liturgies of Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum are forthcoming. These liturgies, however, are all to be live-streamed, with only essential ministers and ministries necessary to conduct the liturgies and rituals present.



Monday……..……Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Novena (after the 9:00 a.m. Communion Service)

Tuesday…………Ladies’ Guild Crafter’s Meeting (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday…………4th Degree Knights Assembly (normally after 6:30 p.m. Mass)

Wednesday……Adoration (normally after 9:00 Mass—6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday……Scripture Reading Ministry (5:30 p.m.)

Wednesday……Bereavement Support Group (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday……Ancient Order of Hibernians (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday………Bible Study (9:30 a.m.)

Thursday………Choir rehearsal (normally 6:30 p.m. in the church)

Friday…………..“Cenacles of Life Rosary“ (normally after noon Mass)

Friday……………Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper (6:30 p.m.)

MONTHLY ACTIVITIES ** Devotions to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, the First Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in the Church.

The Men’s Faith Sharing Group meets the first Tuesday after the 6:30 p.m. Mass.

** The Centering Prayer Group meets the second Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

** The Knights of Columbus Council 12537 meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

** The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly meets the third Tuesday of every month after the 6:30 p.m. Mass.

** Scripture Reading Ministry meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

** The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

** First Friday Adoration after the noon Mass for one hour in the Chapel except during Lent.