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To the Clergy, Religious, and Laity of the Catholic Church in Sapporo Diocese
Catholic Diocese of Sapporo
We have already announced in circular No. 5 to all of you in the Sapporo Diocese that we will refrain from masses and meetings. Today (May 28th) the government has extended the declaration issued to nine prefectures till June 20th. In response to this, the Sapporo Diocese has decided to extend the content of the previous notification in accordance with the government’s instruction in order to prevent the further spread of infection.
Please continue to follow the guidelines for each region, “ Circular about self-restraint of masses, meetings, etc. in the Sapporo Diocese due to the spread of coronavirus infection (No. 5)”.
The extension period is as follows: June 1st (Tuesday) to 20th (Sunday)
This extension could obscure the presence of anyone in need of help more than ever. Please keep in touch with each other and support each other so that the number of people in forced isolation suffering from loneliness and anxiety will not increase. Also, please cherish the spiritual communion and continue to pray daily where you are.
Especially on Sundays, the bishops and other priests are offering masses for all the people in the parishes in the Sapporo Diocese, so please be united in your prayer.
May God’s abundant grace be with you!