Updated April 24, 2020 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — At the advice of government officials, and after consultation with medical professionals, Bishop Francis Malooly has canceled all public Masses, confessions, prayer services, marriages, baptisms, funerals, etc. in the Diocese of Wilmington until further notice. The only sacraments that will be offered by priests of the diocese will be in case of danger of death. This effort is designed to help safeguard the public and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“We do not take this action lightly and without prayerful consideration,” Bishop Malooly said. “We must put the health and well-being of our parishioners first. I invite the faithful to stay connected to their parish community electronically, and to participate in Mass via television and the Internet, during this challenging time.”
The Diocese of Wilmington has set up a website – cdow.org/coronavirus – with information for Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, including an online Sunday Mass from Wilmington’s Cathedral of Saint Peter. Many individual Catholic parishes are live-streaming Mass and Holy Week and Easter services on Facebook or YouTube.
The Diocese of Wilmington will close all school buildings for the remainder of the school year in both Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. However, distance learning for students will continue through the end of the academic term. All CYM Sports events have been cancelled until further notice.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. More information is available at www.cdow.org.
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