The below resources have been compiled to address concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), which continues to be a developing situation. The Diocese of Bridgeport is continually monitoring the status of the virus in the Fairfield County community, consulting with health care professionals and experts when appropriate. With the recent development of cases being identified in Fairfield County, the following precautions are now required to be implemented in our parishes, schools, and institutions. If you have any questions about parish events or liturgies, please contact your parish directly.
Last updated March 23rd at 12:14pm
- Effective March 16th at 8 pm, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has mandated that all weekday and Sunday public Masses celebrated in the presence of the lay faithful are temporarily suspended in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
- The temporary suspension will remain in effect until Friday, April 3. You will receive a confirmation or revision of that date on Monday, March 30.
- Beginning the Third Sunday of Lent (March 14-15) through the Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 28-29), Bishop Caggiano temporarily dispensed all Catholics of the Diocese of Bridgeport from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
- Non-liturgical, social events scheduled to take place in the immediate weeks ahead at parishes or diocesan institutions, especially those at which the elderly may be inclined to participate, be postponed or cancelled.
- All parish Confirmations that are scheduled to take place before Easter Sunday will be rescheduled to a later date.
- Suggest that your parishioners consider making an Act of Spiritual Communion. (The Act, which can be offered for all those who have died or are suffering from Coronavirus, can be a simple prayer, such as, “My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”)
- All Diocesan/Diocesan Sponsored Catholic elementary and high schools will close for students effective March 13th and will tentatively reopen on March 30th. Schools will begin implementing their distance learning instructional plan on Monday, March 16th.
- All school activities and trips are cancelled until further notice
- While we tentatively plan to reopen March 30th, we will continue to monitor the situation with local and state health officials in order to reassess and determine our next steps
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In an effort to combat worry, below is a list of the food pantries in the area that are still in operation:
The Thomas Merton Center—
43 Madison Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
New Covenant Center—
174 Richmond Hill Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902
In the community
Bridgeport Public Schools will open emergency food service sites during the school closure. The sites will be open Monday-Friday to provide breakfast and lunch to Bridgeport Public School students.
Visit www.bridgeportedu.net for locations and time schedule.
Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry—
The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
275 Union Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
For more information, please click here.
- Anyone who is ill, anyone who suspects they are ill, or anyone who had contact with someone exhibiting flu-like symptoms should refrain from participation in public activities, including Mass. As has always been the case, if you need to refrain from Sunday Mass due to illness, you are dispensed from the Sunday obligation.
- Please remember to pray for an end to this illness and to keep all those who have died from and who are adversely affected by the Coronavirus in your prayers.
- Educate yourself on the Coronavirus, practice good personal health habits, and take all necessary precautions issued by the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization seriously.