BUFFALO, NY – Due to the Coronavirus threat, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has temporarily excused Catholics from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.

“We all must be vigilant in doing all that is possible to participate in efforts to minimize and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, especially among older adults and those most vulnerable,” the Diocese of Buffalo posted on its website.

The posting lists the following policies:

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  • Masses should be celebrated as announced and scheduled, though attendance may not exceed 250 people.
  • Holy Water fonts should be emptied and cleaned thoroughly.
  • At all Masses, the distribution of the cup for Holy Communion is to be removed.
  • Reception of the Eucharist on the tongue should be discouraged.
  • The Sign of Peace should be omitted or instructed to be carried out without physical contact.
  • All other parish events and larger celebrations, including Confirmation and Lenten penance services, must be postponed until the end of March.

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