San Diego County moved to the purple tier on Nov. 10 under the California governance framework regarding Covid-19. According to public health authorities, Covid-19 cases in San Diego County are growing rapidly and have again reached dangerous levels. Therefore, effective Saturday, Nov. 14, and for at least the next three weeks, the indoor celebration of Mass will be suspended and all Masses will be moved outdoors with appropriate social distancing and masks required.
Funerals and marriages will have to be outdoors, as well. Music will be limited to one cantor and one accompanist.
The religious activities at parishes and the diocese are still considered essential services and for this reason may continue while observing Covid-19 measures that are intended to protect public health and promote the common good.
Many parishes will continue to livestream Masses on a daily basis through their websites or social media, giving the faithful another option to stay connected to their faith. To find your parish website, click here.
The universal dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues throughout the diocese. However, the diocese continues to offer Sunday Mass online in English and Spanish through its website, www.sdcatholic.org.
Though indoor Masses are temporarily suspended, the diocese and parish offices remain open to serve our Catholic community. The diocese’s Catholic schools in San Diego County also remain open for in-person and online instruction.
Bishop McElroy knows the frequent changes during the pandemic have been very hard on our Catholic community, but he also believes our Faith will sustain us:
“In this moment of our lives, when times are tough, it is then that God especially comes to us, embraces us and carries us through.”