Coronavirus Resources and Information

The Temporary Suspension of the Public Celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Norwich

Beginning effective immediately, Bishop Michael R. Cote has mandated that all public celebrations of Mass be temporarily suspended in all churches of the Diocese of Norwich (the Connecticut counties of Middlesex, New London, Tolland, and Windham and Fishers Island, New York), and continuing until further notice.

This decision was made in light of the recommendations of healthcare professionals and Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order requiring the closure of all restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters and the prohibition of civic, social, and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people, including religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings of such size.

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.

For details on how to make an Act of Spiritual Communion Click Here
For a list of Broadcast and Online Masses Click Here

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Updates will be posted here as they become available.


Postponed/Canceled Events

The Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Norwich are following all of the guidelines set forth by the Connecticut State Department of Health and the CDC.  Since we are a system of schools, not a school system per se, the schools follow all of the protocol set forth by the local district in which the school is located.  All of our schools will be administering Distance Learning while the students are at home.

Here is a list of schools that will be closed after today and for at least 2 weeks.

Elementary Schools

Sacred Heart School – Groton
Sacred Heart School – Taftville
St. James School – Danielson
St. John School – Old Saybrook
St. John Paul II School – Middletown
St. Joseph School – Baltic
St. Joseph School – New London
St. Joseph School – North Grosvenordale
St. Mary-St. Joseph School – Willimantic
St. Michael School – Pawcatuck
St. Patrick Cathedral School – Norwich

Middle & High Schools

Academy of the Holy Family – Baltic
Mercy High School - Middletown
St. Bernard School – Uncasville
Xavier High School – Middletown

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