Mangaluru, Mar 18, 2020: Catholic bishops have announced no public Masses will be celebrated from Saturdays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"When public access to Sunday Mass is unavailable, the faithful are dispensed from the Sunday obligation of Mass. As Sunday continues to be a holy day, the obligation of private and family prayer along with spiritual communion with the Lord and with others remains. Regular Masses will not be held, says Diocese of Mangaluru.
Infant Jesus Shrine in Kulshekar was the first to announce suspension of service with immediate effect, followed by Mudipu Shrine. St Lawrence Church Attur too has announced the suspension of Masses.
The bishops said priests will continue to mark Mass in private, praying for those suffering from Covid-19 and those who care for them.