Archbishop Lucas has recently made this announcement:
"After hearing from Governor Pete Ricketts, I granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln. Those who choose to act on the dispensation are encouraged to attend a weekday Mass when crowds are smaller, but they are not obliged to do so."
The full message is found here: https://archomaha.org/archbishop-lucas-announces-dispensation-from-sunday-obligation/
At this time, Saint Michael's still plans to offer Mass as scheduled. However, we are also taking into consider these precautions, per the Diocese of Lincoln:
1) People who have flu-like symptoms or who are otherwise feeling sick should not go to Mass or other Church gatherings; the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer.
2) Only the priest celebrant or concelebrants should receive the Precious Blood from the Chalice until otherwise notified.
3) It will be up to pastors to recommend whether the faithful should receive Holy Communion in the hand or on the tongue.
4) The practice of exchanging the sign of peace is suspended.
5) Priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should wash hands with soap and water or anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, before and after distributing Holy Communion.
6) Omit the spontaneous gesture of hand-holding during the Our Father.
7) Do not hold Eucharistic and other liturgies in a daily mass chapel if there is a larger church at the parish.
8) Refrain from using Holy Water fonts.
9) Encourage ushers to open the doors to welcome the faithful at Mass.
10) The door handles should be sanitized after each Mass.
See this link for more details: https://www.lincolndiocese.org/bishops/bishop-james-conley/statements/13602-diocese-of-lincoln-guidelines-for-coronavirus-covid-19
Posted on Fri, March 13, 2020
by Fr. Jeremy Hazuka