Coronavirus: Campus Liturgical Practices

Updated Jan. 6, 2021

Reopening the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart reopened for regular Sunday and daily Mass on May 24, 2020. Following the guidelines of the State of Indiana, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and the University for safe gathering and worship, restrictions are implemented until further notice. 

Mass will continue to be live streamed from the Basilica. On Sundays, the 10 a.m. ET Mass is available live on CatholicTV. Monday through Friday, the 11:30 a.m. ET Mass is live streamed through the Campus Ministry website.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this important time of continued care for each other and our community.

Basilica Schedule

The Basilica will continue to be open and offer specific worship opportunities. Click here to view the Basilica schedule. 

Due to physical distancing requirements, attendance will be limited.

At this time, attendance at Basilica Masses will be limited by the need for strict physical distancing.  Campus Ministry joins Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese, as well as bishops across the country, in strongly requesting that everyone 65 and over, or those in any high-risk group, refrain from attending public liturgies at the Basilica. This safety protocol has also been implemented, through the leadership of the Congregation of Holy Cross, to include the Congregation’s priests and religious who fall into those risk groups. Daily and Sunday online streaming of Mass will continue, and the Bishop has suspended the obligation to attend until further notice.

All who come to the Basilica for worship must wear face coverings.

As required by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the St. Joseph County Health Department, anyone who comes to the Basilica for Confessions or liturgy must bring and wear a face covering inside the church. We will not allow exceptions to this rule other than for those with a medical condition that makes it impossible to wear a face covering, or for children ages two and under.

Will it be safe?

The Basilica has developed protocols that fully align with the diocesan Directives for Resuming Public Liturgies.  Both before and during Mass, the assembly will see and hear reminders designed to keep everyone safe who has come to pray together. Most importantly, for you and for everyone else in attendance, please choose to stay home if you are feeling unwell in any way, or if you fall into any risk category due to age or other health conditions.  

What can we expect when we arrive?

Please park in the Lyons lot, St. Liam lot or Grotto lot and walk around to the main doors of the Basilica.  You will be welcomed and invited to secure your face covering and sanitize your hands.  Hand sanitizer will be available; you must bring and wear your own face covering to enter the church and participate in the MassAll seating has been carefully designed to keep individuals and families safely distanced, as have routes for the reception of Communion and dismissal from the church.  


March 17, 2020

Dear Notre Dame Family,

As Fr. Jenkins said in his recent video message, Notre Dame is a community, even when we are far apart. In the interest of caring for all members of our community, and in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC, the State of Indiana, and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, we will be suspending public Masses in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and elsewhere on campus. This is not a decision taken lightly, but it is one that is necessary.

Priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross will continue to celebrate Mass daily and to pray for you and the Notre Dame family. I invite you to join the Notre Dame community, virtually, in prayer. On Sundays, the Mass is available live on Catholic TV at 10 a.m. ET. On Mondays through Saturdays, Mass will be livestreamed from the Basilica at 11:30 a.m ET.  I hope that the Mass, from the heart of Notre Dame, can be a source of grace and comfort for you.

As Fr. John shared in his message, we will keep a candle lit at the Grotto for you and your family. You are in our prayers. 

God bless you,

Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C.
Director of Campus Ministry

March 4, 2020

Dear Notre Dame Community,

We in Campus Ministry are keeping a very careful eye on the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.  Notre Dame’s Emergency Operations Center, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, the Congregation of Holy Cross, as well as residence hall rectors and all of us in Campus Ministry, have all thought carefully about how to continue to offer opportunities for Mass and other prayers, while at the same time keeping our community healthy and safe.  To that end, the Basilica will be implementing the following procedures beginning on Saturday, March 14. We would ask that the residence hall and academic chapels across campus abide by these guidelines as well until further notice:

  • Suspending the distribution of the Blood of Christ; 
  • Refraining from any physical exchange of the sign of peace, and 
  • Refraining from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer.

We know these are important traditions within our community, especially in the hall chapels, but please remember that just as the fullness of Christ is still present to us in the species of bread, so too we are all the body of Christ, united just as completely through our shared worship even without the physical reminders we treasure in praying the Our Father and sharing a hug during the sign of peace.  

Please remember, too, that as always if you are ill you are under no obligation to attend Mass, and in fact out of respect for the rest of your community, should refrain from attending until you are well. 

While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in our region, we know that as members of the community travel over the break and then return to campus, the virus could be inadvertently brought to and shared throughout the community.  As soon as University Health Services and other local health agencies believe it is safe, we will resume our regular liturgical practices.

Please be attentive to any further communication from the university regarding the virus and its impacts on our worship spaces.  Students, faculty and staff will receive such communications via their campus email.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C.
Director, Campus Ministry