Coronavirus Updates

For the Archdiocese of Mobile & Catholic Schools

RE: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Dear All:

We have received the statement of Governor Kay Ivey which was issued Thursday directing public schools to offer distance learning.

The Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Mobile began distance learning as of Thursday, March 19.  Our schools are committed to

offering our students the best possible education so that they may successfully complete the spring semester.

I wish to thank the principals, faculties and staffs of our schools for their dedication to the students and their welfare.  I also wish to thank

the parents and families of our students for their support during these challenging days.

We will continue to provide distance learning although our school buildings will remain closed through at least Sunday, April 19.

Any consideration of reopening the Catholic schools will depend upon advice of civil authorities.

(There are 19 Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Mobile in Baldwin, Macon, Mobile and Montgomery counties.)

Gwendolyn Byrd

Executive Director for Catholic Education/Superintendent

Catholic Department of Education

Archdiocese of Mobile

251.438.4611

Statement from Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi

 

03-17-2020

The Archdiocese of Mobile comprises the Catholic churches and ministries in the southern half of Alabama. We are aware that our world, our nation, and our communities are coping with the covid-19 pandemic. All of us are called to be concerned for our personal welfare and that of our neighbors. This will entail sacrifice. I ask that we pray for our own protection and for those who suffer from ill health. It is also important that we cooperate with civil and health authorities.

Therefore, effective Wednesday, March 18, the following steps are to be taken in the Archdiocese of Mobile. These norms are effective through Sunday, April 5, 2020, but may be extended depending upon future developments.

Catholic Social Services facilities throughout southern Alabama serve approximately 25,000 of our neighbors in need. These services will continue in the following manner:

Emergency Assistance Ministries at our Social Service Centers will remain open providing food for families and individuals, clothing, and help with rent and utility bills. However, applications for this help will be received only by phone. Food and clothing will be distributed at the door and not within the Service Center.

All Thrift Stores will close but clothing will be available for those in need through Emergency Assistance.

Counseling for individuals and families will continue to be available but only by phone.

Parishes may continue to provide food whether from food pantries or kitchens, but only on a takeout basis and not within a building. Other than takeout food, all other parish and school activities and meetings are cancelled.

This includes all worship services. No member of the laity or clergy may conduct a worship service or a devotion of any kind in a church, or other location. I am strongly requesting that our churches remain open for prayer but without services.

Funerals, with or without Mass, will not be celebrated in churches or in any other location. Only graveside services are permitted.

Weddings, only without Mass, may be conducted in a church building but solely with a cleric, bride and groom, two witnesses, and parents of the bride and groom present. No one else may be present.

Confessions may continue but only with a screen separating the priest and penitent or in an arrangement with six feet space between the priest and the penitent.

Baptisms may be celebrated but only with the parents, godparents, and one cleric present.

Holy Water fonts are to be emptied and cleaned.

Although we will not gather for worship, we remain united in Christ. I am confident that our dedicated clergy will continue to serve the spiritual and material needs of neighbor. I particularly request that the clergy be present to the sick and those who suffer difficulties. I ask the people of our Archdiocese to please pray. Even if we cannot receive Holy Communion we can join ourselves with the love of God. Prayer is powerful and I request that we pray even more fervently during these challenging days.

May God bless all of us.

 

 

Declaración del arzobispo Thomas J. Rodi

03-17-2020

La Arquidiócesis de Mobile abarca las iglesias y ministerios Católicos de la mitad sur de Alabama. Estamos conscientes de que nuestro mundo, nuestra nación y nuestras comunidades están haciendo frente a la pandemia de covid-19. Todos estamos llamados a preocuparnos por nuestro bienestar personal y el de nuestros vecinos. Esto implicará sacrificio. Pido que oremos por nuestra propia protección y por aquellos que sufren de mala salud. También es importante que cooperemos con las autoridades civiles y de salud.

Por lo tanto, a partir del miércoles 18 de marzo, se deben seguir los siguientes pasos en la Arquidiócesis de Mobile. Estas normas son efectivas hasta el domingo 5 de abril de 2020, pero pudieran extenderse dependiendo de los desarrollos futuros.

Las instalaciones de los Servicios Sociales Católicos en todo el sur de Alabama atienden a aproximadamente 25,000 de nuestros vecinos necesitados. Estos servicios continuarán de la siguiente manera:

Los Ministerios de Asistencia de Emergencia en nuestros Centros de Servicio Social permanecerán abiertos proporcionando alimentos para familias e individuos, ropa y ayuda con las facturas de alquiler y utilidades. Sin embargo, las solicitudes de esta ayuda se recibirán solo por teléfono. Los alimentos y la ropa se distribuirán en la puerta y no dentro del centro de servicio.

Todas las tiendas de descuento cerrarán, pero la ropa estará disponible para aquellos que la necesiten a través de Asistencia de emergencia.

La consejería para individuos y familias seguirá estando disponible, pero solo por teléfono.

Las parroquias pueden continuar proporcionando alimentos, ya sea desde sus bancos de alimento o cocinas, pero solo para llevar y no dentro de un edificio. Además de comida para llevar, todas las demás actividades y reuniones parroquiales y escolares se cancelan.

Esto incluye todos los servicios de adoración. Ningún miembro laico o del clero puede realizar un servicio de adoración o una devoción de ningún tipo en una iglesia u otro lugar. Estoy pidiendo encarecidamente que nuestras iglesias permanezcan abiertas para la oración, pero sin servicios.

Los funerales, con o sin Misa, no se celebrarán en iglesias ni en ningún otro lugar. Solo se permiten servicios junto la tumba.

Las bodas, solo sin Misa, pueden realizarse en la iglesia, pero únicamente con un clérigo, la novia y el novio, dos testigos y los padres de los novios. Nadie más puede estar presente.

Las confesiones pueden continuar pero solo con una pantalla que separe al sacerdote del penitente, o de manera tal que haya seis pies de espacio entre el sacerdote y el penitente.

Los bautismos se pueden celebrar pero solo con los padres, los padrinos y un clérigo presente.

Las fuentes de agua bendita se deben vaciar y limpiar.

Aunque no nos reuniremos para adorar, permanecemos unidos en Cristo. Estoy seguro de que nuestro dedicado  clero continuará sirviendo las necesidades espirituales y materiales de nuestro prójimo. Solicito particularmente que el clero esté presente para los enfermos y para los que sufren dificultades. Pido a la gente de nuestra Arquidiócesis que por favor oren. Incluso si no podemos recibir la Sagrada Comunión, podemos unirnos en ell amor de Dios. La oración es poderosa y solicito que oremos aún más fervientemente durante estos días llenos de desafío.

Que Dios nos bendiga a todos.

March 16, 2020   2:40pm

From the Office of Catholic Schools

In accord with the President’s recommendation issued today, all Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Mobile will close today at 3:00 p.m. and remain closed until at least April 3.

per Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi

Due to yesterday’s Center for Disease Control recommendation that gatherings be limited to 50 people or less,
the  St. Patrick’s Day Mass scheduled for this Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral has been cancelled.

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News Release Regarding Catholic Schools Closing

From the Office of the Chancery 

 Governor Ivey has issued a statement closing all Alabama public schools from Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 3. In cooperation with this statement and out of concern for the welfare of our students, all Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Mobile will close midday Wednesday, March 18 and will remain closed through Friday, April 3. A determination regarding the reopening of schools after that date will depend upon future developments.

 Each Catholic school will participate in distance learning. Individual schools will inform parents concerning the procedure and expectations of the distance learning.

March 13, Letter from the Archbishop

March 13, Letter Concerning Catholic Schools