CARDINAL JOSEPH W. TOBIN, C,Ss,R., SUSPENDS WEEKEND MASSES AND WEEK OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN PROACTIVE RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
March 12, 2020
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, announced today that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Additionally, he has suspended the public celebration of Mass for Saturday evening, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2020, after evaluating recommendations of state and health officials. This decision will be reviewed daily, and any new determination will be announced next week.
The celebration of daily Mass will continue. Churches of the Archdiocese will remain open and the faithful are encouraged to pray while maintaining a prudent distance from each other.