Updates from the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma
The Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma is compiling their memos regarding COVID-19 here. This includes a March 18th update in English and Spanish on Bishop Konderla's announcement of suspension of public Masses from March 20th- April 24th and general dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation during this time. This also includes a March 17th update from David Dean, the Superintendent of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Schools.
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Email from Fr. John & Fr. Carlos on Wednesday, March 18, 2020
We live in a challenging moment in time. In the attached memo from Bishop Konderla, he outlines specific directives and guidelines for the parishes and faithful of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma. Please click on the button below to read the entire document. Let me outline what this will mean for us here at St. John Before the Latin Gate:
1. Bishop Konderla has suspended all public Masses through the Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8, 2020. All Catholics in the diocese have received dispensation to no longer attend Sunday Masses through Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020. The bishop will assess and may offer further guidelines as we near that date.
2. The last public Masses at St. John will be this evening at 5:15pm and tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th at 7am in English and at 7pm in Spanish. Tomorrow is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will hold these Masses in the church and you are welcome to attend. We will be observing social distancing. There will be a Holy Hour with confessions this evening after the 5:15pm Mass.
3. Religious education, RCIA, bible studies, stations of the cross, youth group, and other organized gatherings will be suspended during this same time. Because of this suspension, we are also postponing the Divine Mercy Lenten Mission and penance rite.
4. Friday Fish Frys are also suspended, however, this Friday, the Knights will be offering a drive-thru option on the alley of the courtyard for those who care to participate. The cost is free, but donations will be accepted to help our seminarians, Catholic school scholarships, and St. John School. Basically, enter the alley on the south end of the school to pickup your to-go containers. Questions or if you are homebound and would request delivery contact Brian Kennedy at or call/text him at 918-876-2409.
5. Fr. Carlos and I will continue to do private Masses each day for the intentions already established, as well as for health and protection of our parish family. In a follow-up email, we will offer some different opportunities for prayer, worship, and faith formation that you may use in your homes. In a follow-up email, we will also discuss office openings, availability of the sacrament of reconciliation, specific times of adoration, and other opportunities for prayer.
These are trying times, but as members of the Body of Christ, we know that God's grace and love is greater than any challenge or disease. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have questions, comments, or a specific need. I invite you to read Bishop Konderla's memo and to say a prayer or two as we move forward together into this uncharted territory.
God bless you and your family,
Fr. John and Fr. Carlos