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Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) updates

This page will be updated frequently by Parish Leadership with updates about on-going changes because of COVID-19



Friday, August 28, 2020  /  12:07 PM 


Updated Guidance on Mass Attendance 8/10/2020

  1. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still lifted, and no one should feel compelled to participate. If you are sick, feel unwell, or hesitant for any reason, please stay home. Soon, we will resume broadcasting one of the Masses from the parish
  2. The Masses will be offered at 4 pm on Saturday, and 8:30, 10:30, and Noon on Sundays. 
    • The 4 pm Mass will have no music as an opportunity especially for the most vulnerable to attend in a safer environment. 
    • There will be music at the 8:30, 10:30, and Noon Masses but we will limit the number of songs sung. 
    • Everyone must signup prior to coming for Mass. Beginning on August 23rd we will no longer offer an option to signup at the door. 
  3. We will also offer the 8:30 am daily Mass Monday through Friday. If you prefer a smaller congregation, one of the daily Masses would be a good option for you. 
  4. To participate in one of the Masses, please sign up using the parish Sign Up Genius. If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone, you can call the parish office to sign up for a Mass, (504) 242-7554.
  5. When participating in Mass, you will be required to enter the Church using the main entrance under the overhang. The side doors and chapel doors will remain locked from the outside.
  6. Everyone entering the Church must wear a mask over their mouth and nose. Please bring your own mask. If you don’t have an actual mask a scarf, bandana, or other face-covering is appropriate. We will only have a limited number of masks available for use. You must keep the mask on, over your face and mouth, during the entirety of the Mass except for to receive communion.
  7. Upon entering the Church, hand sanitizer will be available for you to clean your hands before going to your pew. Only those who live in the same household may share a pew without 6 feet of distance.
  8. There will be no missalettes or hymnals available for use to limit the opportunity for the spread of the virus.
  9. When coming for communion, please follow the tape on the floor. Please only stand where there is tape. This spacing will allow us to maintain 6 feet distance between each person. At all times, please follow the instructions of the ushers.
  10. We encourage everyone to receive the Body of Christ in your hand and not on the tongue. When receiving in your hand, be sure your hand is flat and not moving. Then step to the side, remove your mask, consume the Body of Christ, and then replace your mask and return to your seat.
  11.  After Mass, we ask you to get a wipe and wipe down the space you have occupied so that it will be ready for the next service.
  12. On the way out of Mass, you can exit out of any of the doors. Please, do not congregate at the doors so that we can continue to maintain social distance and limit the opportunities for the virus to spread.
  13. Lastly, please follow all the directions of the ushers. They are present to ensure each of us remains as safe as possible. Your cooperation with them helps not only yourself but also your fellow parishioners. 



  RSVP still required to attend Mass


As the City of New Orleans continues to open up, we are seeing an increase in our Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass attendance. In order to conform to social distancing norms attendance restrictions continue to apply. Therefore, we ask parishioners to sign-up for the desired Mass the day before for week day Masses and by 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday for all weekend Masses. Masks are required at all Masses. To sign up for Mass click on the link below




 Update:: Re: Reopening of St. Maria Goretti Church

The City of New Orleans announced in its Reopening Plan that places of worship are now allowed to have Mass indoors with up to 100 people. Therefore, in accordance with Mayor Cantrell's plan, we will now expand our reservation slots from 10 people per Mass to 100 people per Mass. Please read the requirements for attending Mass carefully.

 Reminder: The obligation to attend Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dispensed by Archbishop Aymond.




Donate Online

We have setup online donations to give parishioners the opportunity to donate as they would if operations had not been interrupted due to the Novel Coronavirus. The Parish appreciates your generosity. To donate, please click the "Give Now" button below. Please have your credit/debit card or bank account number ready.

Thank You!



Reopening of St. Maria Goretti Church starting this weekend

According to Governor Edwards' extended stay-at-home order, visiting places of worship is allowed. Starting April 30, Archbishop Aymond has allowed public Masses to be celebrated within the governor's extended stay-at-home order. We give thanks to God for this opportunity to worship together again as a community within the Church!




CCD CLASSES CANCELLED (last updated April 19th)


CCD Classes are suspended beginning Sunday March 15th. The Archdiocese Office of Religious Education has directed that all Parish Schools of Religion suspend class until further notice due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID - 19).


Confirmation Postponed

Confirmation has been postponed. Candidates & parents will be email more information when it becomes available.



All Public Events taking place in the Msgr. Gauthreaux Center have been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The center will remain closed until further notice.


SMG will begin Live Streaming Mass

In an effort to provide Mass for our parishioners, Fr. Cyril will be live streaming Mass so the congregation can participate.

Visit SMGNOLA.COM/LIVE to tune in!



Sunday Rosary- 8:00am

Call: (425)436-6324 Access Code: 878764

Daily Rosary- Monday- Saturday 6:00pm

Call: (563) 999-2090 Access Code: 354627



Daily Mass can be viewed on EWTN,

Mass from St. Louis Cathedral

Monday- Saturday 12:05pm WLAE / live streamed

Sunday 11:00am WLAE / live streamed



Sunday Offerings can be mailed to:

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church

7300 Crowder Blvd

New Orleans, LA 70127

( Please include envelope number in the memo block of the check)








Out of an abundance of caution to prevent possible spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), BINGO has been cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



The anointing of the sick at the 4pm Mass has been cancelled.


 Fish Fry Cancelled

Out of an abundance of caution to prevent possible spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Knights of Columbus have suspended their Friday Fish Fry until further notice.


Altar Server Awards Mass Postponed

The Archdiocese of New Orleans' Altar Server Awards Mass that was originally scheduled for March 31st has been postponed. 



 From Deacon Terrel Broussard:

As all gatherings of 10 or more have been curtailed in this archdiocese, we will not gather each Monday at St. Maria Goretti Parish for Bible Study until further notice. I will continue to send the Bible Study to all who are interested in receiving it. Also, I am available for prayer, scripture reading and consultation.  My email address is



BIBLE STUDY – LORD INCREASE MY FAITH? Deacon Terrel Broussard will continue to publish the Bible Study and post it on the parish website. To attend the Bible Study by Conference Call, dial into the conference line at 7:00 PM Monday Night for a discussion of the Sunday readings. The Dial in Number is: (425) 436-6314. The Access Code is: 601575. The Word of God can move us from fear to faith. This week, we continue our Lenten preparation and study of the Word of God with the GENERAL THEME: LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH? During week 5 we ask: LORD, GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS ALIVE?

· The Bible Study this week is based on the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Year A. Reading I: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Responsorial Psalm: 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; Reading II: Romans 8:8-11; Gospel: John 11:1-45.

· These readings challenge us to come out of the tombs of our fears into a life in Jesus Christ. Jesus gives life to all who believe in Him. He gives life to dead and dying faith. Lord, give me faith that is alive. IS YOUR FAITH ALIVE? HOW DO YOU KNOW?



CONTINUING FAITH FORMATION AND RCIA SESSIONS WILL MEET BY CONFERENCE CALL ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 PM. THE DIAL IN NUMBER IS: (425) 436-6314. THE ACCESS CODE IS: 601575. Topic: Baptism, why water? Why anointing? What does it mean to be enlightened with grace and truth? “ Catechism of the Catholic Church 1216 "This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding . . . ." Having received in Baptism the Word, "the true light that enlightens every man," the person baptized has been "enlightened," he becomes a "son of light," indeed, he becomes "light" himself:

Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship.



Archbishop Aymond dispenses Catholic Faithful from obligation to attend Mass

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order asking people to refrain from attending gatherings of more than 250 people in an effort to prevent the further spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and he has closed schools for the next 30 days. In following with the Governor's executive order, Archbishop Aymond sent out this message below:


"I am dispensing the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of New Orleans from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday effective immediately through the next 30 days. We are closing our Catholic schools for the next 30 days in cooperation with the executive order. These dates may be updated as needed. I highly encourage those who are elderly, sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or who are at high risk of illness to not attend Mass these weekends. The virus has been contracted with serious issues by those 60 and older. Those in that age group must take seriously the caution to implement “social distancing”. "
If you still wish to attend Mass, St. Maria Goretti's Mass Schedule has remained unchanged.


For those who cannot and choose not to attend Mass, the 11 am Sunday Mass from St. Louis Cathedral is broadcast live on WLAE-TV and live streamed at and Facebook page. The live stream will be shared to the St. Maria Goretti Parish Facebook page on Sunday for parishioners to access it. There are also other opportunities for televised Mass via Catholic TV and EWTN.


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