On Monday, March 23, 2020, Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky announced “with great sadness” that public worship will be suspended in the Diocese of Peoria through Easter Sunday.
From Palm Sunday through Easter, Holy Week events will be live-streamed through the diocesan website.
“If your own parish will not be broadcasting these Masses, I invite you to join in the ones we will be making available through the Internet. It won’t be the same as being together, in person; but it enables us to be united in ways that the current times make possible.”
The following is the Bishop’s statement that has been published on The Catholic Post website:
“My dear friends in Christ, Holy Week and Easter rank as the most important moments we celebrate as believers of Jesus Christ. As important as these great celebrations are for the proclaiming and strengthening of our faith, it is with great sadness that I must announce that the suspension of public worship will continue through Easter Sunday.”
The first thing Jesus Christ said to his disciples after he arose were, “Peace be with you!” During this difficult and painful time, the Bishop says the church is praying for the people. They are praying for “the peace only God can give.” The Bishop wants people to know that peace comes from having “sins forgiven and being united with God.”
A schedule of events will be posted and live-streamed through the diocesan website. People whose parishes are not able to broadcast these Masses can watch the live stream.
By Jeanette Vietti
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