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LA parishes encouraged to hold outdoor services amid new restrictions

a drive in Mass at St. Elizabeth

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been told to “discontinue indoor Masses and other liturgical services” after new statewide restrictions on indoor activities aimed at slowing the summer spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases were announced Monday by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

An email with new guidelines sent to parishes around the archdiocese July 13, however, noted that the reclosure allows for services outdoors.

“Outdoor Masses and other liturgical services such as adoration and prayer services are allowed and encouraged. Parishes may continue to celebrate Confessions, First Communions, Confirmations, Funerals, and Weddings outdoors on the parish grounds,” read the memo.

(Click here to read the entire Angelus News article)