HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Bishop Ronald Gainer announced Thursday that no public Masses will be celebrated for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, or Easter.
The diocese says the decision was made following recommendations of state and local government, in addition to concern for the health and wellbeing of parishioners.
“Although we cannot come together for public Masses during this holiest time of year, our priests will celebrate Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Masses. Many of our Parishes are live streaming these Masses and I encourage the faithful to participate in Mass through these online means,” Gainer said.
Parishes throughout the diocese have been asked to bless the palms used on Palm Sunday and to make them available for parishioners at a later date. The Chrism Mass has also been postponed.
Parishes within the diocese have been asked to prepare worship aids and distribute them to parishioners, allowing for more active participation in Holy Week and Easter Masses remotely.