St. Louis Archdiocese allowing masses to resume on May 18

The decision is subject to change based on any new data provided by health officials, stated the Archdiocese.

Sam Masterson
May 08, 2020 - 3:05 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson announced that parishes in the St. Louis Archdiocese can resume mass starting May 18, at the discretion of each individual parish pastor. 

Guidelines will be provided to the parishes early next week.

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The general dispensation from Sunday mass remains in place until further notice as people continue to have health concerns.

“I am filled with the joy of this Easter season to be able to once again reunite our faithful in the celebration of public Masses, centered around the Eucharist given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ," Carlson said. "I am grateful to our priests, deacons and all parish staffs for working closely with me and archdiocesan leadership to continue to guide parish communities in their faith journeys, while prudently following all protocols to keep God’s people safe and healthy.”

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force said Thursday that 596 people diagnosed with or believed to have COVID-19 were hospitalized Thursday, the lowest number since April 11. The number of people in intensive care units and using ventilators also is declining. 

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