Bishop Michael Duca of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has announced the suspension of public celebrations of Sunday and daily Masses in all parishes and Catholic institutions in the diocese effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

The suspension is in effect until further notice.

There are over seventy church parishes and other Catholic institutions in the 12 civil parishes that comprise the boundaries of the diocese.

Additional details on how this decision will affect the celebrations of sacraments and other aspects of parish life will be determined and communicated in the next few days.

As always, priority consideration will be given to the directives of Governor Edwards and to public health officials who have our best interests in mind.

The Bishop said, “Let us pray that the Holy Spirit gives us a spirit of Hope in the Lord, who will sustain us even in these unprecedented times.”