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Coping With Coronavirus

The Catholic Church is asked to fast from communion with each other and the Eucharist out of charity and care for one another. See our hub of information on spirituality, families, social services and more.


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Our shepherd, Bishop William Joensen, leads us to know and love Jesus Christ in our time.

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Jesus is the light in the darkness

Bishop William Joensen says this is a time of great mercy. The Holy Father has thrown open the gates of mercy in the plenary indulgences that are readily available to us in these sacred days as we renounce sin, adopt devotional acts, as we make amends and promise that, when the day comes when we can avail ourselves of the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist, we will be fully united with God. 

Let us keep praying for one another.


News & Blog

News: Clarification on guidelines in The Catholic Mirror

March 21, 2020

To avoid confusion regarding precautionary measures taken by the diocese to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, please follow the guidelines issued by Bishop Joensen on Tuesday, March 17. The Catholic Mirror went to the printer on March 16 and has some outdated information.

Bishop's Holy Week Message

April 6, 2020

This Holy Week, let us remember Jesus is the light that scatters darkness and all that holds us bound, including the specter of disease. We do not leave Jesus alone this Holy Week, for we believe that he loves us and suffers for us, with us.

Discover the Difference: Keeping Kids on Track

March 27, 2020

Five tips to help children adjust to learning from home during the coronavirus crisis.

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