Find Your Representative:
Please write your local government representatives (you can use the sample letter below, or use your own). Click here to find your local representative.
Sample Tweet to spread the word:
#RestorePublicMass Sign the petition https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/restore-the-public-mass Visit the site: www.restorepublicmass.com Contact your bishops and civic leaders!
Sample Tweet to President Trump:
@realDonaldTrump Thank you for your work to keep us safe from COVID19. Our fear increases when we cannot attend Catholic Mass. Our bishops respect your directives, so we ask you include public worship as an essential service if CDC protocols are in place. #RestorePublicMass
Sample Email or Letter to Bishops:
In solidarity with faithful Catholics around the world, and, in accordance with our rights and duties as lay persons under Canons 212.2 and 212.3 of the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, millions of Catholics hereby request the Catholic Bishops of all the world to once again admit the faithful to the sacrifice of the Mass:
§212.2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.
§212.3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.
Excellencies, we deeply appreciate the challenges and responsibilities you face at this troubling time. We understand that for the Churches to celebrate Mass during a time of plague specific guidelines, especially social distancing, must be strictly enforced. We understand and have responded! We have created a blueprint that indicates how this can be done. You can see it here.
But, Excellencies, remember: we, the faithful, face these challenges too. And we know these challenges are not unprecedented. Throughout her history the Church of God has weathered persecution, invasion, corruption, betrayal, and too many plagues to count. We also know that always, like Lazarus, like Jesus on the third day, the Church has left the tomb, walked into the light, and led the people on the road to our new home.
Now is our challenge! Now is our time! Give us the tools that Jesus himself gave! Give us the Sacrament whose power is beyond all plagues, the Sacrament that carried Mother Teresa, Damien de Veuster, and Aloysius Gonzaga into all perils and through them into the Promised Land!
Excellencies, give us back the Mass!
Sample Email to Civic Leaders (Mayors, Governors, President):
Dear Civic Leader (or Mayor etc)
We are writing as members of the Catholic Church. We first wish to thank you for working so hard to keep the public safe in the face of this pandemic. We will continue to pray for you to have wisdom and reason as you weigh so much information, often contradictory, on the status of public health and safety.
Here is our Objective: To restore the public participation of Holy Mass, while respecting Social Distancing norms and other recommended health practices.
To accomplish this we need your help. We must insist that any civil ordinances re COVID-19 include the Catholic Church as an “essential service”, along with grocery stores, hardware stores, banks and marijuana dispensaries.
We must insist that you modify civil ordinances re COVID-19 that limit public assembly gatherings of no more than 10 persons to a more reasonable number; A gathering of 10 being deemed unsafe is arbitrary, discriminatory, overbroad and burdensome to the free exercise of religion. The number of persons allowed to assemble should be commensurate with the physical space, and determined by the “6 foot buffer zone rule”, which has been commonly and consistently utilized in Social Distancing norms (the maximum assembly number has moved from 250, 100, 50 and 10, but the 6 foot zone has remained).
The six foot buffer of social distancing and scrupulously following recommended sanitary precautions (washing hands, wiping down doors and pews, etc) is a given and will be observed. Please see our website for other precautions that will be taken at our website www.restorepublicmass.com.
Logically, it makes no sense to limit gatherings to 10 people in all situations. 10 people in a Starbucks makes sense, but only 10 people in a huge parish church with 1000 seat capacity does NOT make sense.
It is inequitable (and unconstitutional) that the San Francisco ordinance in its FAQ forbids public worship suggesting faithful can participate via livestream (i.e. failing to deem religious worship an “essential service”); but Target and Home Depot are wide open to the public, with no assembly restrictions?
The Catholic Church is not like other religious denominations. We are physically nourished by the reception of the Most Holy Sacrament. We can do without community socializing, and without a sermon. Though we can read the Word of God anywhere, we can only receive Holy Communion in a Church from the hand of our priests. We expect to resume the free exercise and right to assemble safely and orderly by Palm Sunday and Holy Week!
Thank you for your consideration.