Diocese news regarding CoVID-19 - Saint Ignatius Parish


PO Box 2638, 597 Walkers Rd, Grand Cayman KY1-1101, Cayman Islands

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Diocese news regarding CoVID-19

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Greetings Parishioners,

Please refer frequently to this page where parish news and policies regarding the Coronavirus CoVID-19 pandemic will be published as it becomes available. Hopefully these measures will be temporary, and we thank you all for your cooperation and understanding. Please continue to practice good hygiene in your home and workplace, and please pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering at this time.  

2020-09-16 Pandemic Protocols - Effective September 16th:
• Masks are required for all parishioners attending Masses at the Church or Loyola Hall.
Hand sanitizer is once again required each time you enter the Church or the Adoration Chapel.
• A limited amount of people inside the church, therefore the need for a simultaneous Mass in the Loyola Hall. Seating will be marked off to observe physical distancing.
• Confessions will be at 5:00pm on Saturday. (To be confirmed)
• All Mass times will remain the same, with a second Mass happening at the same time in the Loyola Hall. (To be confirmed)
• The Courtyard outside the Loyola Hall will be used for overflow seating and for Parishioners who prefer to be outdoors. Chairs (physically distanced), TV and speaker will be set up outside the Hall, in the courtyard, to accommodate Parishioners.

2020-09-10 Pandemic Protocols - Effective September 10th:
• Hand sanitizer is once again required each time you enter the Church or the Adoration Chapel.
• All Parishioners are highly encouraged to wear masks inside the Church or Chapel.  All Readers, EMHCs, Altar Servers, and Ushers must wear masks.
• Please avoid touching or kissing the statues, the crucifix, and the tabernacle.
• Please avoid unnecessary gatherings on the Church grounds and maintain distancing as appropriate.
• Please stay home if you are feeling unwell and contact the HSA flu hotline if you have any symptoms or concerns.
As of now all Masses will be going ahead at the usual times.  

2020-08-27 CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS: Weddings and funerals can now be attended by upto 250 persons not including the officiates. Accesss to Saint Ignatius Church will contrinue to be through the main door so that hand sanitization practices can continue. The wearing of face masks in the Church and Chapel is not mandatory but is encouraged.

2020-07-31 ADVANCE NOTICE: CHANGE TO MASS SCHEDULE: As of Sunday, August 16th, there will be four Sunday Masses at St. Ignatius Church only (no Masses in Loyola Hall). The Mass times will be 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm.

2020-06-20: Saint Ignatius Church will resume regular Masses from Monday 22nd June 2020. The Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel and the Parish Office will start on the same day. For the time being, Baptisms will be done by request. Please contact the Parish Office to register your child and confirm details.

2020-06-18: The Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, has signalled that churches can re-open in July. The parish is planning the re-opening of church, adoration chapel, office and parish events. Further information will be posted in Jeremy's Jottings and on Facebook as arrangements are finalised.

        • Our pastors are members of the Pallottine Order.
        • St. Vincent Pallotti lived through the cholera epidemic of the early 1830s in Italy.

2020-04-23 : Streamed Mass schedule and letter from the Parish

  • All Public Masses are suspended until further notice. Private masses will be live-streamed on our Parish Facebook page as follows:
  • Friday, April 24th:  Private Mass at 12:00 noon.
  • Sunday, April 26th: Divine Mercy Sunday - Private Mass at 9:00 am.

2020-03-25 (2) : New restrictions based on CI Government requirements

  • The Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel will now remain CLOSED until further notice
  • The Parish Office will now remain CLOSED until further notice.
    • The ignatius@candw.ky email address will be monitored daily should you need to get in touch.
  • Individual Confessions and the Communal Penance Service are suspended until further notice.
  • All other Parish events scheduled for March-April have been suspended until further notice.
  • No decisions have been made regarding events beyond April (May Procession, First Reconciliation, Parish Picnic, Spring Tea Party, Pre-Marital Instruction, First Communion, Vacation Bible School, Steubenville Youth Conference, etc.). Updates will be provided in due course.
  • For regular updates, please visit our Parish Facebook page and/or website: ignatius.ky.

2020-03-20 (1) : Parish Activities upto and including the 4th Week Of Lent

  • RCIA is now cancelled until further notice.
  • Friday, March 20th - Private Stations of the Cross at 12 noon followed by Private Mass will be live streamed on Facebook and uploaded immediately afterwards on YouTube.
  • Sunday, March 22nd - Private Masses will be live streamed on Facebook at 8 am and 12 noon and uploaded immediately afterwards on YouTube.

2020-03-17 (1) : Parish Activities for the Rest of this Week

Please note the details below regarding Sacraments and Parish activities for the rest of the week.

  • Wednesday – March 18 at 12 noon - Private Mass will be live streamed on Facebook and uploaded immediately afterward on YouTube.
  • Thursday – March 19 at 12 noon - Private Mass of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be live streamed on Facebook and uploaded immediately afterward on YouTube.
  • Friday – March 20 at 12 noon - Stations of the Cross followed by Private Mass will be live streamed on Facebook and uploaded immediately afterward on YouTube.
    • Confessions will be available on Friday evening from 3 – 4pm. Confessions will be in the Confessional behind the screen only. All who will attend Confessions are being asked to use the Sanitizer before entering the Confessional and on leaving the Confessional. Also, Parishioners are asked not to enter the Church if there are more than 10 persons already inside. If you have to wait outside, please consider not gathering in small groups outside while waiting and remember to exercise social distancing. This is for the safety of everyone.
    • Individual Stations of the Cross – The Booklets for the Stations of the Cross will be available for Parishioners to walk the Way of the Cross from 2pm inside the Church. As you enter the Church, please remember to sanitize your hands before starting the Stations and at the end of your prayer time as your return the books.
  • Sunday, March 22 at 8 am and 12 noon - Private Masses will be live streamed on Facebook and uploaded immediately afterward on YouTube.

During each Mass that is live streamed, there will be an opportunity to make a Spiritual Communion which is highly recommended by our Archbishop.


As a Church, one of our sacred duties is to look after the health and safety of our community. Part of that duty is to help prevent and respond to infectious diseases that may be of concern. In light of growing global unease about the COVID-19 Coronavirus, every parish in the Archdiocese is asked to implement the following precautionary measures to help prevent the transmission of any virus:
  • Do not attend church, or visit the church office, the adoration chapel or the grounds if you are experiencing any signs of illness. This is also cold/flu season, and especially in light of concerns about Coronavirus, an individual does not commit any sin by avoiding Mass to protect others from potential spread of illness.
  • When masses resume, the practice of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace and holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer is discontinued until further notice.  At the Sign of Peace you may bow, give a wave, or a verbal greeting instead.
  • All holy water fonts have been emptied.  Hand sanitizer will be available at the church entrances.
  • We will also suspend offering the Cup of the Most Precious Blood during Holy Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution.  Please remember that the Consecrated Host is the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, so you do not need to receive from the Cup in order to achieve full Communion with Christ.

2020-03-13 (2): Decisions taken following this afternoon's Cayman Islands Government press conference

  1. St. Ignatius Catholic School and all other schools in the Cayman Islands will be CLOSED from March 16th through April 27th.
  2. The 8:30 am Saturday Mass and the Retreat will go ahead tomorrow, limited to under 50 persons.  The Retreat will be live streamed on the Parish Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/St-Ignatius-Parish-Grand-Cayman-400740876744368/
  3. Fr. Anthony will celebrate a private Mass this Sunday at 8:00 am which will also be live streamed on the Parish Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/St-Ignatius-Parish-Grand-Cayman-400740876744368/
  4. All other weekday and weekend Masses and Confessions are SUSPENDED until further notice.
  5. The Divine Mercy Adoration Chapel will remain open during normal hours.  Parishioners are asked to sit well apart from one another and please use the hand sanitizer.  If you are ill, please do NOT visit the Chapel.
  6. Parish Office Hours will be reduced to 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday.  Please call the Parish Office in case of emergency.

2020-03-13 (3): Statement from Archbishop Vigneron

March 13, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we continue to receive reports about the spread of the Coronavirus in our communities, I write to you today with some news that may be difficult to hear. After consultation with health care professionals and government officials, I am temporarily suspending all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Detroit until Monday, April 6.

The celebration of Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, through which we encounter and enter into sacred Communion with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. The decision to temporarily suspend this practice was not and must never be taken lightly. As Mass is a commemoration of Christ’s great act of love for us, we take this unprecedented measure with eyes fixed on him and his greatest commandment to love one another, which in this difficult time means that we ensure the health and safety of our community by following the wise counsel of local, state, and federal government and health officials.

During this growing spread of COVID-19, we must redouble these efforts, particularly of prayer and fasting. We should pray and fast for God’s mercy on our local community and the whole world to end the Coronavirus pandemic. We should pray for medical professionals, researchers, and government leaders that the Lord would give them wisdom in their work and that we would heed their advice and directions for the good of society, especially for the least among us, those who are most susceptible of contracting this virus and other illnesses. You can find prayer resources here. More resources will be forthcoming.

The decision to temporarily suspend public Masses has been communicated to your pastors in a separate correspondence with more details. Effective Saturday, March 14, all Sunday and weekday public Masses, faith formation courses, communal Penance services, and all other parish events will be suspended in the Archdiocese of Detroit until Monday of Holy Week, April 6. Mass will be available to you each day via live-stream and other media channels. You can find these on our website www.aod.org. Be assured that our priests will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass each day in private so as to harness and direct the great spiritual grace and power contained therein.

As you temporarily participate at Mass in this different way, you and your families are encouraged to make a daily Spiritual Communion by praying:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

At the discretion of pastors, churches may be open for private prayer so that you can approach Our Lord who is fully present in the Tabernacle. Whenever the church remains open, it is the responsibility of the pastor (or the one whom he designates) to ensure that no more than 49 people (Cayman) are present at one time. This directive is given by local government so that the number of cases of those infected with COVID-19 does not spike. Therefore, so as to refrain from large gatherings, there will be no posted times for collective prayers, recitation of the Rosary, or other set times for gathering.

Funerals, weddings, and baptisms are at the discretion of the pastor but are not to exceed 49 people (Cayman) in attendance. Holy Communion, except as Viaticum, will not be distributed to the faithful at any liturgy during this time.

Individual confessions, anointings, and other forms of pastoral care can be offered in a case-by-case basis. Consult your local parish for any of these needs during this time.

Let us entrust ourselves to Our Lady of Lourdes, patron for those who suffer illness. Through her intercession, may God grant healing and protection to the people of the ArchDiocese and beyond. And let us, by the courageous hope with which we face the challenge of the virus’ spread, give witness to our confidence in the good news of the Lord’s victory over suffering and death.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

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