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The Diocese of Harrisburg has canceled all Holy Week events, including Easter Sunday Mass, the church announced Thursday.
In a directive, the church said it is continuing the March 17 suspension of all public Masses until further notice, in light of the coronavirus epidemic. Holy Week celebrations that normally take place such as Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, are canceled, and should not be celebrated publicly by church leaders or members.
“With the restrictions and recommendations from our state government, and in consideration of the highly contagious nature of this virus, it would be irresponsible of me to open our parishes while still in the midst of this pandemic,” said Bishop Gainer. “Please know the impact of this announcement is not lost on me. I too am deeply hurting by not being able to gather with the faithful for the celebration of Mass.”
While all public celebrations are cancelled, the release by local Catholic Church leaders affirmed that priests will hold Mass on these days, in private.
Churches remain open but on a modified schedule.
The announcement comes the same day Pennsylvania confirmed 560 new COVID-19 cases — largest spike the state has seen in one day. This brings Pennsylvania’s total to 1,687 cases and 16 deaths.
Easter Sunday takes place on April 12 this year, with Holy Week beginning on April 5.
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