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Diocese grants permission for outdoor masses this weekend

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Posted at 5:09 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:09:25-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Bishop Douglas Deshotel announced Friday that he has granted permission to pastors in the Diocese of Lafayette to celebrate outdoor Masses this weekend.

According to the diocese, this permission is granted as long as the celebrants strictly follow all directives issued by Gov. Joh Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office.

The diocese state that parishioners with illnesses such as fever, cough, chills or shortness of breath are asked to stay home.

The decision to celebrate outdoor masses is up to each church Pastor, the diocese says, and some pastors may prudently decide it would not be possible to prepare for outdoor masses in their parish due to the short time frame.

All of the faithful of the diocese continue to be dispensed from their obligations to Sunday Mass and are reminded of the ample opportunities to participate in Mass online or on television, according to the diocese.

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