The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina has suspended all masses due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A letter written by Archbishop Donald Bolen was released to all Catholic parishes on Wednesday evening.
“Sunday and weekday masses are hereby suspended until further notice,” Bolen wrote.
He went on to write that the archdiocese will be monitoring the situation and issue updates. Baptisms, funerals and weddings should be limited to immediate family only, with larger celebrations to take place at a later date.
Only essential gatherings of the parish pastoral and finance council are to take place while following all government restrictions and health guidelines. Pastors are encouraged to arrange for private confessions following the same set of guidelines.
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