Coronavirus: Campus Liturgical Practices

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


Last updated: March 17, 2020