FCC News Desk
The new restrictions on public gathering and the enforcement of social distancing rules have affected us all, but online tools are freely availalbe to help Catholics remain connected to their faith in myriad different ways.
The Diocese of Norwich and its Office of Communications have adjusted quickly to provide communicants with different, and sometimes new and unusual, means of celebrating their faith and staying informed during a rapidly-evolving situation.
Bishop Cote has announced the temporary suspension of all Masses until further notice. Priests will continue to celebrate a daily Mass with no congregation, remembering in prayer all who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Also, pastors are encouraged to make provision for their churches to be open during the day so individuals can still come and pray and make an Act of Spiritual Communion with the Lord. Contact your parish Pastor regarding all other celebrations.
That said, the first stop homebound Catholics will want to make is to NorwichDiocese.org, the website of the Diocese of Norwich. Here, on the home page, is a link to a page featuring information about how the coronavirus has specifically affected diocesan events, such as Masses. There’s also a list of postponed and canceled events, links to state websites with information and more.
Also, there’s a page for spiritual communion resources while Masses in the diocese are temporarily suspended. It outlines the steps Catholics can take, including at least one of four devotions, plus an act of spiritual communion.
That page includes links to the Rosary, Stations of the Cross and to a schedule of Masses that are broadcast on TV, radio and online.
Broadcast and Streaming Mass Schedule:
Masses from Saint Bernard Church in Rockville are streamed daily, and can be viewed on the above page. Times are listed there.
Sunday morning Masses from the Cathedral of Saint Patrick are broadcast on the radio, from local radio station WICH 1310 AM. Also, daily televised Masses from the Archdiocese of Harford and EWTN are available for internet viewing live or on demand. Information on how to access them is on the page.
The Office of Communications also delivers a weekly e-mail newsletter with news and information you can use. It’s free, and comes to your inbox every Thursday.
As we navigate these uncertain times together, we can be comforted knowing these tools are available to keep us united in faith.