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 HEALTH ALERTS | COVID-19

Statement released: March 16, 2020​


As concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus continue to grow, Bishop Malesic, after consulting with the Presbyteral Council and senior staff, has decided to temporarily suspend all weekday and weekend public Masses in the Diocese of Greensburg effective Wednesday, March 18. Tuesday will be our final day of public Masses until further notice.

Where possible, churches will remain open for private prayer.

Bishop Malesic urges the faithful to remember in their prayers all those whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.  

"This is a seriously contagious illness. We have trust that God will see us through but we must do our part to not overwhelm our hospital systems. We have a responsibility to our neighbors. These actions help us to be proactive in stopping the spread of the disease." Bishop Malesic said.

Priests will continue to respond to all pastoral emergencies and provide Anointing of the Sick for the critically ill and dying.

OTHER IMPORTANT DECISIONS EFFECTIVE AT ST. BARBARA

At this time, all events, including the Fish Fry, regional Penance Services, Stations of the Cross, adoration, faith formation, youth ministry, committee meetings, and small group gatherings at the parish are canceled until further notice. 

FOR YOUR INFO | STAYING CONNECTED TO YOUR FAITH

We encourages parishioners to stay connected to their faith.

  • Mass will be streamed across the diocese on Sunday mornings at 9 AM. The link will be available on the diocesan website and all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will also share it from the parish level.
  • Online resources including Home Prayer Services and pray-along Rosary videos will be available beginning this weekend.
  • Daily prayers for the sick will also be available on all diocesan social media platforms.

Statement released: March 12, 2020
Bishop Malesic has asked that parishioners be made aware of some recommendations that were developed after consultation with healthcare officials as concerns about the spread of Coronavirus continue to grow.​

MASS ATTTENDANCE AND RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
Effective immediately and until further notice, Bishop Malesic in union with the bishops of Pennsylvania has dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Greensburg from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

Despite the suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, all regularly scheduled Masses will remain open to the public for those who wish to attend.

For the duration of this outbreak, Bishop Malesic strongly urges the faithful to consider receiving Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue out of a deep concern for the health of fellow communicants and the ministers of communion.

This request is not being made of those who are attending celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form in Latin.

NON-ESSENTIAL PARISH AND DIOCESAN GATHERINGS
Effective Saturday, March 14, and until further notice, Bishop Malesic is requesting that all large group non-liturgical parish and diocesan gatherings be canceled. This decision takes into account the health and safety of employees, volunteers and participants. This would include faith formation, youth ministry and parish fundraising events. At this time, the announcement does not preclude fish fry take-out service as long as all existing food preparation protocols are in place and being followed.

Bishop Malesic asks you to keep those who are suffering in the current outbreak of sickness and all those who are ill in your prayers.

KEEPING UP TO DATE WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING AT ST. BARBARA PARISH
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​​Statement released: March 5, 2020

RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you are ill, please stay home. This is one of the important steps to prevent the spread of any illness. Individuals with fevers that rise to 100F or above should be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever medicines before resuming regular activities or attending work/school. We must each monitor ourselves in order to protect those around us from illness.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as tables and light switches, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In an abundance of caution primarily regarding concerns about the flu and its impact on parishioners, in addition to growing concerns about the coronavirus, Bishop Malesic has asked that we temporarily exchange the sign of peace without physical contact. Please note, he has also temporarily suspended the distribution of the Precious Blood from the chalice. He asked us to remind all parishioners that if you are sick, you are not obligated to attend Mass.