Letter from Archbishop Hebda Regarding New Executive Order Allowing Larger Faith-based Gatherings

From Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda:   I wish to let you know of an important breakthrough in our state that will allow for greater worship opportunities for all Minnesotans as we together address the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, Governor Walz will issue a new executive order that allows faith communities to accommodate up to 250 people for worship services, provided precautions are taken to protect public health. Continue reading

Update from Archbishop Hebda Regarding Public Masses

To our disappointment, the governor and his administration have not yet engaged in dialogue with us on our proposal. While easing the Stay-at-Home order May 13, the governor’s new Stay Safe Minnesota executive order explicitly prohibited faith-based gatherings with more than ten unrelated people. Continue reading

Events Canceled or Postponed

In response to concerns regarding COVID-19/coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have been canceled:  Continue reading

Watch the Bishops’ Rosary Procession

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Bishop Andrew Cozzens visited five healthcare facilities, praying the Rosary at each location, Saturday, May 2. Watch the videos here. Continue reading

Together: Family Day Retreat

Come together as a family to grow in your faith and your relationships with one another – plus have some fun! This is a simple retreat for families to be done at home, with activity choices to cater to older or younger children. Continue reading

Praying Together: Renewing Our Consecration to Mary

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecrations of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother. Continue reading

Letter from Archbishop Hebda: Stay-at-Home Update

From Archbishop Bernard Hebda: Easter Blessings in our Risen Lord! Thank you for supporting our Catholic parishes and schools and caring for those in need during these difficult times. I have been praying often and intensely for you, especially during Holy Week. Continue reading

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

This week-long virtual retreat begins Palm Sunday (April 5) with Mass from the Saint Paul Seminary and culminates with the Easter Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary April 12. 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

Litany in Time of Need

Archbishop Bernard Hebda asks that the students from every Catholic school in the twelve-county territory of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, as well as all the Catholic faithful, to set aside time every day, wherever they may be, to join together in offering the “Litany in Time of Need.” 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 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