Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Health Updates
In response to concerns expressed by the faithful regarding the potential spread of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) into our communities, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston continues to monitor the health situation in the 10 counties within the Archdiocese.
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Updated April 29, 2020
With increased vigilance against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Archdiocese continues to monitor developments and will communicate any new recommendations or updates as soon as possible about this dynamic and evolving situation.
April 29 Update
On April 29, following Governor Abbott's recent announcement concerning a phased reopening of the State of Texas, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has notified its parishes that they are permitted to begin "Phased Reopening" this weekend, May 2-3, with an emphasis on social distancing, masks, and sanitation. Each parish is empowered to choose if they wish to celebrate Mass, and how to comply with state guidelines. Elderly and vulnerable parishioners are encouraged to continue to livestream Mass for now.
Read the full announcement here.
In a letter to the faithful of the Archdiocese, Cardinal DiNardo noted:
"On one hand, this closure of churches to the public has been necessary for the safeguarding of public health, and we must continue to be mindful of the advice of governmental authorities. At the same time, I have heard the continued pleas of so many of the faithful and priests for access to the spiritual strength and nourishment of the sacraments after enduring so many weeks of stay-at-home orders. Therefore, I believe the time has arrived to look forward to how this local church can cautiously resume some of its essential activities."
Read Cardinal DiNardo's Letter to the Faithful here.
April 1 Update
On April 1, the Catholic Schools Office released an update that extends the closure of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to May 4.
March 17 Update
On March 17, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo officially suspended Mass. In a letter to the faithful, Cardinal DiNardo said: "The public celebration of all weekday and Sunday Masses will be suspended in the Archdiocese," starting Wednesday, March 18. Churches are to remain open for individual and private prayer, observing normal hours, he said. Read the full message here.
March 16 Update
Late March 16, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Catholic Schools Office announced that they are extending the closure of all Catholic schools, as well as the cancelation of all extra-curricular activities through April 10, 2020. Read the announcement on Facebook. Read the full message on the Catholic Schools website.
March 13 Update
On March 13, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo issued a message to the faithful and clergy that, while the Archdiocese recommends that parishes maintain regular Mass schedules for all those who wish to participate, the obligation to attend Mass is dispensed until further notice.
Those who may be ill; suffer from chronic health conditions; have a compromised immune system; are over the age of 60; or are uncomfortable attending Sunday Mass due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are encouraged to remain at home and not attend Mass. Read the full message here.
Cardinal DiNardo continues to encourage unity in prayer for the faithful of the Archdiocese with a new Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus.
ONLINE MASSES AND LITURGIES
Though parishes in the Archdiocese are continuing regular Mass schedules, a number of Catholic churches will be streaming weekend Masses. To view Mass times and streaming websites, visit this dedicated webpage.
The Mamie George Community Center in Richmond will close temporarily beginning Tuesday, March 17. Current plans are to re-open on April 1. The center functions as the hub for Catholic Charities services in Fort Bend Co., including programming for seniors, families and individuals of all ages. For more, click here.
March 12 Update
On March 12, due to recent developments, the Archdiocese is implementing a set of measures about liturgical celebrations, other planned gatherings and events, religious education and sacramental preparation, Catholic schools and Texas Medical Center hospital visits. Read these updates here.
The Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese also shared a March 12 update about school closing through March 20.
St. Dominic Village near the Texas Medical Center also remains closed to any visitors until further notice.
February 29 Update
Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern, according to the CDC. The faithful can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses with these simple actions.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Are you at higher risk for infection?
Source: Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov)
Influenza & Coronavirus information links
- Center for Disease Control - Español
- CDC Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders
- CDC - Fact sheets, handouts and posters - Español
- What to do if you are sick - Español
- Frequently Asked Questions (CDC) - Español
- Harris County Public Health
- Galveston County Health District
- Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
- Montgomery County Public Health District
- Texas Department of State Health Services - Español