Throughout the province people are grappling with how and when to reopen ministries and offices that had been closed to the public due to COVID-19. In Texas, most restrictions were eased at the beginning of May. The staff at Our Lady of Guadalupe began opening Masses to the public soon after.
“This past Sunday was already a busy day for us,” said Br. Andy Gancarczyk, SCJ, local superior in Houston. “Almost 300 people attended Masses this weekend.” The parish plans to continue to livestream the 9:00 a.m. English Mass and 10:30 a.m. Spanish Mass for the rest of the month and then will reassess the need. Graduation and end-of-the-semester Masses will be held later this week.
May 16-17, churches in South Dakota opened their doors for the first time since the shut-down. Masses were held in Reliance, Kennebec and Lower Brule; each had approximately a dozen participants. As with OLG, the livestreaming of Mass continues.
In Mississippi, Bishop Joseph Kopacz is looking at the possibility of opening parishes for Pentecost, and in Wisconsin, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will allow in-person Masses to resume at 25% capacity beginning May 31.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.