MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is suspending all public masses from Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, April 3, Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki said in a press release.
“This is a big decision and I don’t make it lightly. As Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives. In times of public crisis, people naturally turn to the Church for spiritual direction, and we need to continue to do whatever we can to support people through prayer. However, taking precautionary measures is a prudent course of action. I would ask that, where possible, our churches remain open for private prayer and that our people reserve some part of their day for private prayer or devotions,” the Archbishop said.
Priests will still celebrate mass but without a congregation in attendance.
Weddings, funerals, and baptisms will still occur, but the Archdiocese of Milwaukee asks to limit attendance.
Non-essential gatherings will also be suspended, including fish fries. Catholic schools are also discontinuing face-to-face instruction.