Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Updates
Our Parish office is closed to the public, and all Masses and parish activities are suspended effective immediately until further notice.
On Sundays we are live-streaming Mass in English at 9:30 am on our YouTube channel and in Spanish at 11:30 am on Facebook Live.. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when we upload new videos or go live. When there are no planned events, we will be live streaming the Eucharistic Chapel so you can pray from home. You can also access an archive of YouTube and Facebook videos.
Tune-in for the friars' Daily Reflections Monday through Saturday, in English and Spanish, starting at 9:30 am via Facebook Live.
Pastor's Update - March 18, 2020
With the reports late yesterday of a significant number of new cases of Coronavirus in Durham, I am taking the regrettable but necessary step of closing the office and the office chapel at 5 pm today until further notice. The staff will continue to work remotely but there will no longer be meetings in the office.
Some key aspects of this change are:
Pastor's Update - March 15, 2020
As we continue to deal with the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, I have been encouraged by the response from so many in our community, praying and reaching out to one another in whatever way possible. I wanted to give an update on where we are as a parish now and some of the steps we are taking and why. Please know that as this crisis unfolds hour by hour, our response will need to change as well.
Weekend Masses - All weekend Masses are canceled until further notice from the governor and bishop. A special thanks to Angela Flynn, who set up the Facebook live streaming of Masses this morning, 9:30 am in English and 10:30 am in Spanish. We will look to do that again this coming Sunday, working to improve connectivity and image quality issues.
Daily Masses - Because some of our daily Masses have over 100 people, and to avoid confusion as to which Masses are happening and which are not, as pastor I am exercising my authority and canceling all of them until further notice. Existing daily Mass intentions will be transferred to future dates when we have a clearer idea of when we are resuming Mass. The friars will be looking to post on Facebook reflections on the Gospel of the day, both in English and Spanish.
Confessions - Since the Centers for Disease Control recommends maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between persons, this makes hearing confessions in the main Church unfeasible because it would be difficult or impossible to maintain the Seal of Confession without people being overheard. Similarly, it would be impractical to sterilize the kneeler in the confessional between each penitent, as well as avoiding people lining up in close proximity to one another. Hence, regular hours of Confessions have also been canceled. However, individuals may continue to make appointments with any of the friars for confession.
The Office - Unless there is an order for all businesses and organizations to close, we will maintain regular office hours. Please be mindful to keep appropriate distance if visiting and of course, do not come if you are feeling ill.
The Main Church - Perhaps with an excess of caution, because our beautiful church is so large it would be impractical to repeatedly sterilize every pew and surface if this should suddenly become necessary, and things seem to change moment to moment. Hence the main church will unfortunately need to remain locked during this time. The chapel in the office will remain open during office hours for private prayer but please remember to keep appropriate distance and avoid coming when ill.
Please continue to check Facebook and our web page for further updates as events develop. Among these will be a way to help financially those losing wages by being in quarantine. And please continue to pray for one another.
Click here for information and updates regarding North Carolina's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On Saturday, March 14, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order banning all gatherings of 100 or more people as well as the immediate closing of all schools in the state of NC for a minimum of two weeks. Based on this directive and in the interest of public health, Bishop Zarama has directed that all weekend Masses in the Diocese of Raleigh be cancelled and all of our Catholic schools comply with this order.
All Masses, reconciliation services, classes and activities at Immaculate Conception Parish and Immaculata Catholic School are suspended effective immediately until further notice. On Monday, March 23, Immaculata will begin distance-learning at all grade levels.
The parish office will remain open and Staff will be reachable to help connect people in need of support and to offer pastoral care by phone.