Superior Diocese will hold tight on Mass — for now

Catholic churches in Superior will continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols until "it seems prudent" to reopen.

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Work is done on the bell tower roof at Cathedral of Christ the King Church in Superior on Oct. 30. (File / Superior Telegram)

The Diocese of Superior won't be making immediate changes in the wake of the state's safer-at-home order being struck down. But the Rev. James Powers, bishop for the Diocese of Superior, said he's working on a plan to resume limited public weekend Mass "as soon as it seems prudent."

"I have been steadily working on a plan with the other four bishops of the state to resume Holy Communion services for less than 10 parishioners at a time to start in the next week or two," Powers said.

The Diocese churches have been open for holy hours of private prayer with nine or fewer people at a time, and many churches have provided live-stream and recorded Mass.

"We continue to pray for all those infected by COVID-19 and for the medical providers and other workers at risk of exposure," Powers said in a news release Friday. "I also continue to pray daily for all in our Diocese, especially our priests, parish staff and parishioners during these times of no Mass and Eucharist."

A resumption of limited public weekend Mass will ultimately include health precautions, attendance limits and social distancing, Powers said.

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