IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF UDON THANI
(20 MARCH 2020)
In response to the pronouncements of the Ministry of Health of Thailand and the Commission on Infectious Diseases-Udon Thani, concerning the COVID-19 PANDEMIC that the whole world is grappling with right now-JOSEPH LUECHAI THATWISAI, BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF UDON THANI-out of concern for and in an attempt to protect the Catholic faithful, as well as all our neighbors and loved ones, and to prevent and control the further spread of the 'novel corona virus'-
HAS ORDERED THE SUSPENSION OF ALL REGULAR CHURCH ACTIVITIES, as follows: PUBLIC EUCHARISTIC/ LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS; STATIONS OF THE CROSS; NOVENAS; GROUP PRAYER SESSIONS IN THE CHURCH; among others-EFFECTIVE Friday, 20 MARCH to Saturday, 4 APRIL 2020 (15 days). THE DIOCESE OF UDON THANI SHALL BE MAKING PERIODIC ASSESSMENTS OF THE SITUATION AND CORRESPONDING ANNOUNCEMENTS THEREAFTER-PARTICULARLY REGARDING THE PERIOD FROM SUNDAY, 5 APRIL 2020 (PALM SUNDAY) AND ONWARDS.
IN VIEW OF THE URGENTLY NEEDED CHANGES, Bishop Joseph Luechai Thatwisai requests for our FULL COOPERATION and ENJOINS US TO UNITE AS ONE IN TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO STILL AIM FOR A MEANINGFUL LENTEN OBSERVANCE, BY SPENDING MORE TIME IN: READING & REFLECTION OF THE SCRIPTURES; PRAYER; ALMSGIVING; PENANCE; INTERCESSION -ESPECIALLY THAT GOD IN HIS MERCY MAY HEAL & RESTORE THOSE PEOPLE AFFLICTED WITH COVID-19, AND THAT THE PANDEMIC MAY SOON END.
ALSO, FOR THOSE WHO CAN SPEAK & UNDERSTAND THE THAI LANGUAGE: YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATIONS/HOLY MASSES EVERY SUNDAY AT 8:00 A.M. PRESIDED AT BY BISHOP JOSEPH LUECHAI THATWISAI AT THE CATHEDRAL, AS IT SHALL BE LIVESTREAMED VIA THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF 'CATHOLIC SOCIAL COMMUNICATION-UDON THANI' (สื่อมวลชนคาทอลิก อุดรธานี) and RECEIVE THE HOLY EUCHARIST THROUGH 'SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.'
NOTES (from Norma):
1. This means: NO ENGLISH MASSES ON MARCH 21, 28 & APRIL 4.
2. I will be forwarding to this Group Chat some LINKS from various Churches in the Philippines that offer LIVESTREAMING OF SUNDAY MASSES (in ENGLISH). If you know of some, by all means, SHARE WITH US.
3. Will try to share and provide more INFORMATION ON 'SPIRITUAL COMMUNION' (in lieu of actually receiving the Holy Host (Holy Communion). All of you are welcome to do the same.
GOD BLESS US ALL DURING THIS EXTRAORDINARY BUT SPIRITUALLY RENEWING TIME!