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Bishop orders Catholic churches in Las Vegas to remain closed

Posted at 8:18 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 11:18:15-04

The Bishop of Las Vegas has ordered all Catholic churches in Las Vegas to remain closed until April 30. The Discontinuance Order covers worship services and activities in any church venue.

Read the letter from The Bishop below:

Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been carefully monitoring information coming from the Centers for Disease Control, the Southern Nevada Health District, and Governor Steve Sisolak's office.

The most recent information we have received prompted me to revisit the Discontinuance Order issued by my office on March 24, 2020.

This amended Discontinuance Order will remain in effect until April 30, 2020, and will be revisited at that time. As outlined in the earlier Order, this includes, but is not limited to, all parish related venues, including churches, worship spaces, and adoration chapels.

Because of the gravity of the present moment, I hereby dispense all Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas and those Catholics visiting within the geographic boundaries of our Diocese, from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses through the weekend of April 25 and April 26, 2020.

As stated in my earlier communique, I continue to encourage pastors and parish leaders to dissuade various groups, both related and unrelated to the parish, from gathering in private homes, placing participants, children, and the elderly in danger.

I am aware of the burden that this decision places upon all of you, most especially during these Holy Seasons of Lent and Easter. However, I believe that the painful decisions we make-int.he short term will have beneficial effects in all our communities in the long run.

Asking for your continued cooperation and prayerful support, I am Sincerely yours in Christ, The Bishop of Las Vegas