Catholic Diocese in Virginia provides coronavirus guidance

Posted at 5:14 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 05:20:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. - The Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout, bishop of Richmond, approved more directives for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as a result of the rapidly changing circumstances involving coronavirus.

The Virginia Department of Health has now confirmed multiple cases within Virginia.

Bishop Knestout is instructing the following liturgical guidelines to take effect immediately in all parishes, schools, residential adult care centers, and campus ministries within the diocese:

  • Cease distribution of the Precious Blood (Christ is fully present under both species of the Blessed Sacrament).
  • Refrain from shaking hands during the Sign of Peace (bow or verbal gesture is appropriate).
  • Refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Remove holy water from the baptismal and holy water fonts.

The diocese continues to urge anyone who is ill to stay home and avoid attending Sunday Mass out of charity and concern for others. The guidelines have been sent to all clergy, parishes, and schools within the diocese.
The diocese has created a webpage with information, helpful resources and communications within the diocese that you may be looking for, you can find the information at this link.