ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Bishop Gerard County has suspended weekend Masses in the Diocese of Kingstown again because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in St Vincent and Grenadines.
The “difficult decision” was made public January 8, 2021 in a letter from the bishop to Catholic faithful on the diocesan website, catholicsvg.org
The full text read:
My Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Over last two weeks St Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases. Since then, the Health Services Subcommittee of the National Emergency Committee/ COVID-19 Task Force, Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment has issued new guidelines.
To follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and for the safety of all, I have made the difficult decision to again suspend all Sunday Masses with immediate effect.
The Government’s Health Services guidelines for indoor gatherings include the following:
Adequate toilet facilitates with hygiene practices sufficiently maintained should be available at all events.
As was done before, the Sunday Mass from the Cathedral would be streamed at 9.00 a.m. with a limited number of attendants – mainly the clergy, servers & lectors.
Naturally, there is much fear and anxiety and maybe panic. But, as people of faith let us face this challenge along with the challenge of the activity of the La Soufriere with the confidence that God is with us.
I invite all to pray daily the rosary imploring the intercession of Our Mother Mary and of St Vincent, Patron of our Blessed Land Hairouna.
Yours in Christ,
+ Gerard County,
Bishop of Kingstown