Resources, changes to parish life due to COVID-19 virus

Letters from Fr. Antony, Livestream Link for Holy Week, other important info
Date: April 5, 2020 - April 19, 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 12:05am

Page last updated April 5, 2020

This is a resource page to help you understand the adjustments that have been made to help stem the spread of COVID-19.  We've included all instructions and decrees from Bishop Soto, information on Holy Week, as well as where you can watch Sunday Mass, availability of Confession, and more.  Please review these important items below.

We will be livestreaming Masses during Holy Week, see below for times and a link.

Letters from Fr. Antony to St. Mary Parish Family

March 28, 2020 - letter

March 21, 2020 - letter

Holy Week Masses/Liturgy livestreamed from St. Mary Church

We will be livestreaming Masses during Holy Week and Easter on our Facebook page!  You don't need to be a Facebook member to view - just an internet connection.

https://www.facebook.com/stmaryparishsacramento/live/

Palm Sunday Mass (Apr. 5) @ 9:30am
Holy Thursday Mass (Apr 9) @ 6.30pm
Good Friday Liturgy (Apr 10) @ 12.30pm
Easter Vigil Mass (Apr 11) @ 8.15pm
Easter Sunday Mass (Apr 12) @ 9.30am

As you watch the Mass, either live or recorded, unite yourself by making a Spiritual Communion with all the Masses celebrated throughout the world: Spiritual Communion Prayer

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

Confessions will be available Monday to Thursday of Holy Week from 2:00-3:00pm.  Confessions will still be available at their regularly scheduled time of 3:30-4:30pm on Saturdays.  You will need to ring the bell at the Rectory. You can also make an appointment with one of the priests for other times as well.

Church and Chapel closed

In consultation with the Diocese, because of concern over the health of all, St. Mary Church and the Infant Mary Chapel are closed until further notice.

Sick, Elderly and those in need

If you know of someone who is sick, please contact the priests or Rectory office and one of the priests will be able to come to visit them.

If anybody knows of elderly Parishioners living alone and are concerned about their well-being please bring it to the attention of the priests or Parish Office.

If any Parishioner is need of any other help feel free to contact the priests or Rectory office and we will respond to them according to our ability.

Decrees and instructions from Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento
Also includes communication from Lincoln Snyder, Exec. Director of Catholic Schools

Video Message from Bishop Soto in Preparation for Holy Week - (English / Spanish)

Letter from Bishop Soto to priests on Sacrament of Penance

Catholic Education - Distance Learning through May 1, 2020 in Sacramento, Yolo & Solano Counties

Letter from Bishop Soto to priests and deacons on Penance

What is a Plenary Indulgence?

Coronavirus Emergency and the Celebration of Holy Week and Easter

Decree suspending the public celebration of Sunday & Weekday Masses

Pastoral message on suspension of the public celebration of Masses

Decree of Dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation (English)

Decree of Dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation (Spanish)

Diocese of Sacramento School Closure

Memo - Suspension of Faith Formation

Diocese of Sacramento - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page

Bishop Soto's Holy Week schedule

Livestream link for Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum:

  • Palm Sunday – Sun. Apr. 5 at 10 am
  • Holy Thursday – Thur. Apr. 9 at 7 pm
  • Good Friday – Fri. Apr. 10 at 12 noon
  • Easter Vigil – Sat. Apr. 11 at 8:30 pm

From the Holy See

Plenary Indulgence for the Faithful who quarantined for COVID-19 & their caregivers

What is perfect contrition?

Prayer and Urbi et Orbi message from Pope Francis (archive video)

Pope Francis - Urbi et Orbi Message & Plenary Indulgence - Fri. Mar. 27

    Sunday Mass available on Livestream/TV

    List of parishes throughout the Diocese who are livestreaming Masses.

    KSPX Ch. 29 @ 6:30am
    (on-demand available at Heart of the Nation)

    EWTN - 5:00am (live), 9:00am (replay) & 9:00pm (replay)
    (Xfinity/Comcast - Ch. 233, DirecTV - Ch. 370, Dish - Ch. 261)

    CatholicTV
    5:30am (Spanish), 7am , 1pm, 2:30pm (Spanish), 4pm, 7pm (Spanish)

    ShalomWorld
    Watch live or stream the Mass in English or Spanish

    As you watch the Mass, either live or recorded, unite yourself by making a Spiritual Communion with all the Masses celebrated throughout the world: Spiritual Communion Prayer

      Resources

      A Faith Response to the Coronavirus

      Faith-Fully Navigating Coronavirus with your Kids

      Coronavirus Prayer for God’s Intervention and Protection