Check here daily for announcements, updates, online Masses, cancellations and prayers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
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Bishop's Mass online and televised on KPLC
The Diocese of Lake Charles will continue to stream Bishop Glen John Provost’s private Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception while public Masses are suspended. The Mass will be available here from the Diocesan website as well as on the Diocesan Facebook page and on YouTube. The Bishop's Mass will also be televised on KPLC from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
1. Download the Zoom app on your computer or phone
2. Have bible close by
3. At 7 p.m., you can join the meeting by clicking on the following link: https://zoom.us/j/2800293323
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Deacon Brian Soileau, Associate Director of Camp Karol in Moss Bluff, will be streaming the Divine Mercy Chaplet live from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.soileau.5 at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Praying the Stations of the Cross
How to pray the Stations of the Cross when you can't go to church: click here
An Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer
Given the circumstances where many are unable to assist at Mass, Bishop Provost is providing this prayer for the use of the faithful:
Act of Spiritual Communion
By St. Alphonsus Liguori
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 into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least into my heart. I embrace You as if You are already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
(You may make this Act of Spiritual Communion anytime you need it and as often as you need it.)
Pilgrimage Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
During this time of pandemic, Bishop Glen John Provost is urging pilgrimages in the Diocese of Lake Charles to the Shrine of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cameron for the duration of the pandemic, and especially during this Lenten Season.
Every year Bishop Provost leads a pilgrimage to the Shrine at the beginning of the hurricane season. He said it is only appropriate that the faithful should seek Mary’s intercession when so many are becoming ill and serious concern of the coronavirus is spreading.
“I fear that the faithful of the Diocese do not fully realize that Our Lady Star of the Sea is a duly erected shrine,” said Bishop Provost. “We should seek Mary’s intercession during this pandemic at this our own shrine, where her powerful intercession has come to our aid so often in the past.”
The Shrine was established by Bishop Maurice Schexnayder in the 1960’s, and Bishop Provost has recently approved a Decree establishing statutes for the Shrine. The Shrine enjoys, with papal approval, the same spiritual privileges as the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, one of the four major basilicas in the Eternal City. A plenary indulgence may be gained by an Act of Spiritual Communion, a sacramental confession, and praying for the intentions of our Holy Father.
The Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, located at 135 Our Lady Road, is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For questions, contact Father D.B. Thompson, rector of the Shrine, at 337-542-4795.
May Mary's prayers directed to the throne of God protect us during this crisis, preserve us from all illness, and grant us good health.
Cancellations in the Diocese
• Saint Joseph Abbey Spring 2020 Come and See Weekend scheduled for April 3-5
• Clergy Cook-off scheduled for Saturday, April 18
• Catholic Charities Jazz Brunch scheduled for Sunday, April 26
• Bishop's April Men's Prayer Breakfast and Women's Luncheon presentations
• Saint Charles Center temporarily closed
Cancellations at the Cathedral
LAKE CHARLES — All meetings in the Cathedral office building are cancelled, and the following activities in the church are suspended until further notice:
BEAUMONT, Texas — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of health and safety, the Region X conference planning team, prayerfully and deliberately, made the decision to cancel the Unity Explosion-Region X 2020 Conference scheduled for July 15-19 in Beaumont. For more information, see www.unityexplosion-regionx.com.
The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, made the following statement on March 13, 2020:
“In the interests of the safety and health of our Catholic School communities in this time of pandemic and in response to the closure of public schools ordered by the Governor in his Executive Proclamation of March 13, 2020, I am directing that all Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Lake Charles be closed from Monday, March 16, until Monday, April 13. Developments will be monitored. Further directives will be issued as needed. Please pray for the sustained good health of all and for the recovery of the sick.”
Pope Francis entrusts entire world to Blessed Virgin Mary
Pope Francis offered the following prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 11, entrusting the city of Rome, all of Italy, and “the entire world to the protection of the Mother of God, as a sign of salvation and hope” during the ongoing coronavirus emergency. Let us join our Holy Father in prayer, penance, and fasting in response to this time of trial.
O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Prayer During the Coronavirus Outbreak
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
WASHINGTON — On March 13, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a reflection and prayer on Coronavirus (COVID-19). His statement is part of the USCCB’s ongoing engagement on the issue over the last several weeks.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a statement encouraging lawmakers to consider measures providing relief and aid to those suffering from COVID-19, those affected by workplace closures and other disruptions, and prayers for those suffering from the virus and for healthcare providers.
In response to news of progression of COVID-19 outbreaks in other parts of the world, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued a statement with Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Health Association of the United States that addressed the Catholic response to the outbreak.
The faithful are encouraged to consult their local (arch)diocese or (arch)eparchy as to local directives on the celebration of the sacraments. The USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship has shared helpful considerations with the U.S. bishops regarding their role in regulating liturgical celebrations as they make decisions for their respective dioceses in the wake of growing public health concerns.