March 17, 2020
Dear sisters and brothers,
In the interest of cooperating with local, national and global efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, effective from now through April 3, 2020, I am suspending all public Masses celebrated in the counties of northern Nevada that comprise the Diocese of Reno. Other liturgies, devotions, programs and activities involving more than ten people are also suspended.
This is a heavy decision to make given how vital the Eucharist is to our faith; however, after much prayer and deliberation, I do so out of the love of our neighbor that Jesus Christ expects of us and our moral duty to safeguard human life, especially of the vulnerable, and to promote the common good.
During this period, churches will be open for private prayer at times designated by pastors, with due regard for social distancing and limits to gatherings of no more than ten people. Pastoral care and the ministration of sacraments essential to immediate needs will continue with appropriate measures to safeguard health. The diocese and parishes are exploring creative ways, especially through social media, to keep in contact with our communities and to provide spiritual support and opportunities for prayer. Another resource is the TV Mass on KOLO Channel 8 on Sunday at 9 a.m. Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada will continue to provide essential services to those in need.
In the Church’s tradition is the practice of “spiritual communion”, a prayer of saints and used in times of war, natural disaster, persecution and other crises when access to the Eucharist was difficult or impossible. It is a prayer of desire to be united to Jesus Christ, arising from our faith that “Nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus “(Romans 8:38-39). We are in an unprecedented health crisis and this can be our prayer of communion with Christ. This Lent we can incorporate this prayer and think not only of ourselves but of our brothers and sisters who, due to a shortage of priests, are not as blessed as we are with frequent access to Mass.
This is a time to intensify our prayers, in particular for those stricken by COVID 19, for the cessation of the spread of this disease, for first responders and health workers, for those working to find a vaccine for this virus, and for one another. Each of us has the moral obligation in assist in efforts to slow the spread of this virus.
Because the trajectory of this crisis is not predictable, all above provisions are subject to revision.
Assuring you of my prayers, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Bishop Randolph R. Calvo
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With Nevada’s measures and efforts to slow the spread of COVID 19 announced by the governor, the suspension of all public Masses is extended through April 16. Since Easter Sunday falls on April 12, this will affect all Holy Week and Easter services. This is a new challenge we face and need to address.
This morning I met with the heads of all our offices at the Pastoral Center and Catholic Charities and Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery to discuss issues related to this emergency situation. We want to keep in contact with all parishes as we go through this difficult time together. We are looking at various resources to suggest or to provide.
The Pastoral Center building will be closed in the interest of minimizing social contact. However, all employees are still working. Following suggested practices, we are minimizing staff presence in the building and maximizing work at home. You can reach staff members by email as listed in the Diocesan Directory or on our website. I know this crisis will impact your parishes and parishioners as it is affecting millions of Americans, especially those who have been laid off from work due to business closures. Your diocesan leaders are cognizant of this situation, will monitor impact, and help with relief as possible.