Catholic churches across southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the islands will reopen for Masses of the Feast of Pentecost with some restrictions Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31.
After Governor Charles D. Baker Jr.’s announcement allowing the resumption of services at houses of worship in the state, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha conferred with the Presbyteral Council in the Fall River Diocese to consider how best to proceed with the reopening of Catholic churches.
“The reopening for our parishes for public Masses is complex and requires careful planning and implementation,” Bishop da Cunha said in a release. “What must be of paramount concern throughout this process of resuming public worship is the safety of our people, our priests, deacons and lay ministers.”
The bishop has reminded pastors that between now and Pentecost, churches should be open for those who wish to visit for personal prayer and adoration. It is also permissible for priests to hear individual confessions of those who seek to receive the sacrament, observing the necessary safety measures, the bishop said.