Catholic Diocese of Fresno is suspending Masses starting next week

Posted at 5:05 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 22:33:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Catholic Diocese of Fresno is suspending all daily and weekend Masses as of Monday due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Diocese said all parish operations, activities, ministries and meetings will also be suspended. The suspension will last through March 29. Urgent pastoral needs will be responded to according to each parish’s needs.

The Diocese announced Catholic Schools will be closed beginning Monday, an announcement local Catholic schools confirmed earlier Friday. The Diocese said employees will remain at home during the suspension unless directed otherwise. Employees who can work from home remotely have been required to do so.

Phones at the Diocesan Pastoral Center offices will be monitored on a regular basis, the Diocese said.

Masses that were scheduled for this upcoming weekend will still be held, according to the Diocese, to allow clergy to speak with parishioners.