St. Peter's Catholic Church

New directives for Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette include the suspension of all public Masses (weekday and weekend) until April 13. 

"As a Diocesan family, our top priority remains the health and safety of the people of our community, especially the most vulnerable among us," Bishop J.Douglas Deshotel said in a letter Monday afternoon.

The directives also include:

- Funeral services being celebrated with graveside services only, with a memorial Mass to be celebrated at a later date.

- Weddings should be celebrated according to the rite of marriage for outside of Mass with immediate family only or be rescheduled for a future date.

- All confirmation ceremonies scheduled between now and April 13 are to be postponed.

-  All paris gatherings, including Lenten missions, are suspended until further notice.

"We must do our part to 'flatten the curve' and prevent the spread of COVID-19," Deshotel wrote.

Dwayne Fatherree is the community editor for The Daily Iberian. He can be reached at

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