Statement Regarding Gov. Walz’s Stay-at-Home Order

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda: Governor Tim Walz this afternoon ordered Minnesotans to stay home for two weeks – beginning Friday night – to try and further contain the spread of COVID-19 and buy time for our health care system to prepare. Continue reading

Virtual Holy Week Retreat Announced

From the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: In the event that the State of Minnesota’s request that residents refrain from large gatherings continues through the middle of April to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is offering a virtual Holy Week retreat and inviting all to participate. Continue reading

Archbishop Hebda Suspends Public Masses in Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: State Officials have communicated to religious leaders that the next two weeks are critical for the containment of the COVID-19/coronavirus and that all congregational gatherings should be avoided. While I am sure that the advice is startling for those of any creed, it particularly hits hard for Catholics, given our beliefs about the Mass and the Eucharist. Continue reading

Update Regarding the Archdiocesan Catholic Center Status

As a result of COVID-19/coronavirus and mitigation strategies and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, all Catholic Center employees who are able to perform their work duties and responsibilities remotely are for the time being encouraged to do so. Continue reading

Statement Regarding New Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting System

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting (CBAR) system became operational this morning. The Bishops of the United States approved the national reporting system following Pope Francis’ May 2019 apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church.  Continue reading

Statement Regarding Catholic Schools Closures

From Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Vicar for Catholic Education: Across the twelve-county territory of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are 91 Catholic schools with over 3700 employees serving over 29,000 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.  Continue reading

Final Prayer and Listening Event Canceled

​In response to concerns regarding COVID-19/coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the final Prayer and Listening Event, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center, has been canceled. ​ Please visit our Synod page to learn more … Continue reading

Statement Regarding Dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda: In ordinary circumstances, Catholics are obliged to participate in Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation. This obligation is suspended in cases of moral or physical impossibility, and may also be dispensed for a just cause when it is for the spiritual good of the faithful. Continue reading

Guidance Regarding the Coronavirus

Many of our faithful are understandably concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control  and Protection. Continue reading

Lenten Regulations for Fasting and Abstinence

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is February 26, 2020. What are the regulations for penance, fasting and abstinence during Lent? Penitential days – The penitential days for the universal Church are each Friday of the whole year and the … Continue reading

Live Stream of Ordination, Installation of Bishop-elect DeGrood

The episcopal ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Donald DeGrood as the ninth bishop of Sioux Falls is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2020. The ordination and installation will be live streamed on the Diocese of Sioux Falls’ YouTube channel. Continue reading