These directives remain in effect as of May 21, 2020.

“The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass. There are still legitimate threats to our health from the highly contagious COVID-19 virus; these threats are especially critical for the elderly and for people with a compromised immune system because of other pre-existing conditions. ” – Bishop Michael F. Olson.

Bishop Michael F. Olson has issued a pastoral letter to all priests, deacons, seminarians, religious men and women, and faithful laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Complete pastoral letter (5-21-2020)

From the 5-21-2020 Pastoral Letter…

  • It is with being mindful of these and other truths of the Gospel that I am very happy to announce to you that this weekend, May 23-24, 2020, we will begin the second phase of public celebration of masses in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
  • The faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend and to participate in Sunday Mass.
  • People in attendance at Mass wear masks or scarfs over their mouths and nose inside the church to help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • The number of people who are to be in attendance at Mass will be limited to a number that can be safely present mindful of the recommendation by the Governor of moving in Phase II from 25% to 50% capacity and CDC recommendations of social distancing with the required protocols of masks and sanitizing of hands. … The procedure for distributing Holy Communion at an outside designated area is to be discontinued.
  • I am asking that the venerable custom of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue not be done during this phase and period of pandemic. … I am asking you to be considerate in charity of your neighbor and receive Holy Communion in the hand for the time being.

Previous Diocesan Adaptations

Pastoral letter (4-29-2020)
Pastoral letter (4-2-2020)
Pastoral letter (3-24-2020)
Pastoral Letter (3-19-2020)
Pastoral Letter (3-18-2020)

Pastoral Letter (3-13-2020)
Pastoral Letter (3-12-2020)
Complete statement (3-3-2020)
Complete statement (1-10-202

Helpful Resources

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)