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Letter From Bishop Hanefeldt

March 17, 2020
To all people of faith and good will in the Diocese of Grand Island,           

Throughout his public ministry, Jesus often said to people, “It is your faith that has saved you.”  As we struggle with what must be done to limit the spread of the Coronavirus in this country, I ask you, above all, to pray for an increase in the supernatural gift of faith. Particularly when our concerns, fears and insecurities disturb our peace. Like St. Joseph, let us renew our faith and trust in God, who sent his only begotten Son, to save us.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recommended the cancellation of public assemblies with 10 or more people, including worship services.  While this is devastating news, it is vital that we are united in our efforts to contain the spread of this virus. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I am invoking more stringent measures throughout the Diocese of Grand Island. Effective immediately, and consistent with the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln, all public Masses and other communal celebrations of the Sacraments or other liturgies are temporarily suspended throughout the Diocese of Grand Island.  In other words, there will be no public funeral services, weddings, Lenten Penance services, Confirmations, retreats, Parish Missions, or the Chrism Mass until further notice.

Please check regularly the website for the Diocese of Grand Island: for updates and additional information.

In Christ, our Hope!

+Joseph G. Hanefeldt
Bishop of Grand Island

A lo largo de su ministerio público , Jesús a menudo decía a la gente: "Es tu fe la que te ha salvado". Mientras luchamos con lo que se debe hacer para limitar la propagación del coronavirus en este país, le pido, sobre todo, que ore por un aumento en el don sobrenatural de la fe. Particularmente cuando nuestras preocupaciones, miedos e inseguridades perturban nuestra paz. Al igual que San José, renuevemos nuestra fe y confianza en Dios, quien envió a su Hijo unigénito, para salvarnos.

Ayer, los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades y el gobernador de Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, recomendaron la cancelación de las asambleas públicas con 10 o más personas, incluidos los servicios de adoración. Si bien estas son noticias devastadoras, es vital que estemos unidos en nuestros esfuerzos para contener la propagación de este virus. Por lo tanto, es con gran pesar que estoy invocando medidas más estrictas en toda la Diócesis de Grand Island. Con vigencia inmediata y consistente con la Arquidiócesis de Omaha y la Diócesis de Lincoln, todas las Misas públicas y otras celebraciones comunales de los Sacramentos o  otras liturgias se suspenden temporalmente en toda la Diócesis de Grand Island. En otras palabras, no habrá servicios funerarios públicos, bodas, servicios de penitencia cuaresmal, confirmaciones, retiros, misiones parroquiales o la misa de crisma hasta nuevo aviso.

Estas son medidas muy difíciles debido a lo importante que es nuestra vida sacramental para nosotros. Que estas limitaciones sobre lo que es más sagrado para nosotros, la libertad de culto, renueven nuestro anhelo del día en que podamos reunirnos nuevamente para celebrar la Sagrada Liturgia y recibir a nuestro Señor en la Sagrada Comunión.

Invocamos la poderosa intercesión de San José, Patrón de la Iglesia Universal, por su protección sobre todos nosotros, y su ayuda celestial para todos los afectados por el coronavirus y sus cuidadores.

¡En Cristo, nuestra esperanza!

+ Joseph G. Hanefeldt
Obispo de Grand Island

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My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
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