Owensboro Diocese cancels Catholic Mass services, will reassess prior to Holy Week

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green Catholics will not be able to attend a Mass service here for the weeks leading up to Holy Week.

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to cancel events with 50 or more people, Owensboro Diocese Bishop William F. Medley has decided to discontinue all public gatherings, including Mass, effective immediately across the entire diocese. Medley will reassess the situation prior to Holy Week.

“It seems a great sacrifice and necessary for the common good to discontinue all public gatherings,” Bishop Medley said in a release. “Even without coming to the table of the Lord, we are not beyond God’s reach.”

The Diocese of Owensboro covers 32 counties in western Kentucky and has 78 parishes and 17 schools including Holy Spirit Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church and school in Bowling Green and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Campus Center at Western Kentucky University.

All current and previous information regarding the diocesan response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at https://owensborodiocese.org/covid-2019/.