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March 13, 2020
Dear St. Theresa parishioners,
A lot of inquiries have come up in light of the recent COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We assure you that we, at St. Theresa, are following what our diocese has recommended, as well as what our local health services has recommended as well. Here are some answers to your questions:
Bishop Soto grants dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday for those who are sixty and older as well as those suffering vulnerable health conditions. This ALSO INCLUDES all members of the Catholic Faithful in the Diocese of Sacramento from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of obligation. This dispensation will continue until further notice.
Here at St. Theresa Parish in South Lake Tahoe, WE DO HAVE MASSES. However, if you are a lector, a Eucharistic minister, an usher or part of the choir, please do not feel like you have to show up.
If you do decide to come to Mass, please remember to keep what is called “Social Distance,” six feet between yourself and others.
All Faith Formation/ Religious Education
Classes / group meetings are suspended. This includes RCIA, First Communion, Confirmation, and other Religious Education Classes. Also included are Blessed Is She program, Stations of the Cross, Second Serving
Most parish events are cancelled. This includes St. Patrick's Day dinner (March 15), bake sale (this weekend), pancake breakfast (April 5), and Lenten soup dinners (Fridays after Stations of the Cross).
In addition, we request that you refrain from visiting the church office if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Feel free to call and leave us a message at 530-544-3533. Feel free to also visit our Facebook page for quick updates.
More information on the current pandemic found by clicking on the resources below. Feel free to link and share with everyone.
Diocese of Sacramento - COVID-19 coverage <-- click to be directed to the Diocese of Sacramento COVID-19 page
Center for Disease Control - COVID-19 latest updates <--- click to be directed to the CDC COVID-19 page
We hope you take this time to stay healthy and spending time with your loved ones. Remember that the Lord is always with you and with fervent prayer, can get through this with His help. Thank you and blessings to all. Keep calm and wash your hands!
To read the entire decree by Bishop Jaime Soto, click on the documents below.