What we know, what we are doing

Updated information, news articles and documents regarding

ongoing activity and planning for the COVID-19 situation.

Bishop Marshall’s New Year message

December 31, 2021 Brothers and sisters in Christ, As we stand on the threshold of 2022, I pray that you and your loved ones will have a blessed, happy and healthy new year.  We have challenges ahead, to be sure, but we are also abundantly blessed by God.  A new year is a reminder to…

Diocese of Alexandria Catholic Schools choose to “opt out” of mask mandate

On October 26, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards lifted the mask mandate for most indoor gatherings.  The mandate remains in effect for some public buildings, including K-12 schools.  The revised guidelines, however, permit public school districts and other private and parochial schools to opt out of the mandate if – and only if—the schools follow…

Bishop Marshall’s updated guidelines regarding masks

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, For the past eighteen months, we have been living with various restrictions on our personal interactions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the danger continues to exist – particularly for many of the most vulnerable members of our community – the impact of the recent variant has subsided over…

STATEMENT FROM BISHOP MARSHALL ON REVISED COVID REGULATIONS

Since the very beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, we have found ourselves in a most confusing and, at times, frightening state. As vaccines appear to be making a difference and as case numbers decrease, we are trying to conform to the regulations from the CDC, the State Fire Marshal, and the Louisiana Governor’s Office.   As…

Church capacity increase

Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced that Louisiana would be allowed to move to Phase 3 of COVID-19 precautions. The Governor indicated that, in Phase 3, reduced capacity limits for churches set for COVID-19 precautions are lifted. Capacity limits set by Fire Marshals remain in effect. Under the new state guidelines, “Religious services will no…

Statement on COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Our national and international news continues to be filled with reports surrounding the approval, availability, and arrival of COVID-19 vaccines. In many respects, this is indeed good news which brings with it a great sense of hope and optimism as the world continues to face a health crisis. With these recent and ongoing developments, the…

COVID-19 Response Team Report #1

The first meeting of the Covid-19 Response Team was held on Wednesday, April 22; in attendance were Fr. Scott Chemino, JD, JCL, Fr. Peter Faulk, JCL, JV, Mr. David Brook, CFO; and via Zoom, Fr. Rick Gremillion, Rebecca Beaman and Patricia White (from the State Department of Health), and Bishop-Elect Robert Marshall. 1). STATE DEPARTMENT…

Latest updates

PHASE TWO Our COVID-19 Response Team, with the guidance of Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Bishop-Elect Robert Marshall are working with all of our pastors regarding beginning to celebrate Mass publicly. COVID-19 is a highly contagious and deadly disease. The fundamental concept of this phased opening plan is to slowly open businesses at reduced occupant capacities…

COVID TESTING AT FOREST HILL/Pruebas de COVID a Forest Hill

WHAT: Community COVID Testing WHERE: Forest Hill Elementary School, 2032 10th Street, Forest Hill, Louisiana WHEN: June 22, 2020 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. WHO: Anyone interested in testing, symptoms or not HOW MUCH: There is no cost for the test. An ID is needed for notification purposes, not for control. Results will be sent by mail…

Diocese compliance with mandated closures

As a result of the Coronavirus health issue, the seven Roman Catholic dioceses of Louisiana are all in compliance with the statewide mandated closure of non-essential businesses.  The Diocese of Alexandria announced that the Saint Joseph Catholic Center, the diocesan offices, will remain closed until after the Easter Holiday.  This closure is to re-enforce the…