For one LA Catholic church, meeting indoors is ‘historic’ after wave of COVID-19 deaths

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SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — On Sunday (June 20), before Mass had even begun, St. Anthony Catholic Church’s parishioners broke into applause. It was the first time the congregation in this city east of Los Angeles had gathered inside their sanctuary for Sunday Mass, and they were eager and excited to get started — at … Read more

Archdiocese of Los Angeles issues new guidelines to fully reopen parishes

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has issued new guidelines for its more than 300 parishes, which, beginning June 19, are set to fully reopen. In a letter to congregants over the weekend, Archbishop José H. Gomez announced guidelines allowing liturgical celebrations — including weekday and Sunday Masses as well … Read more

Facing enrollment declines, some Catholic dioceses are betting on online schools

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(RNS) — Catholic schools across the country worked hard to keep their doors open this past academic year, even as many public schools remained closed. But now, with the coronavirus pandemic in retreat and nearly all schools returning to in-person classes this fall, a dozen Catholic dioceses across the U.S. are launching permanent online schools. … Read more