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Bishop Thomas: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Utter Humility of God

Bishop Thomas Extends Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass


Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass
Extension - September 27, 2020 through October 25, 2020

While I have granted permission to begin the reopening of public Masses, due to the ongoing gravity of the present moment and the restrictions being placed on us during the civil reopening plan, I hereby extend the dispensation for all Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas and those Catholics visiting within the geographic boundaries of our Diocese, from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses up to and including October 25, 2020.

While we recognize that many are eager to return to Mass in our churches, it remains important for those who are elderly and otherwise at risk to refrain from returning to public Liturgies until it is manifestly safe to do so. For all the faithful, especially those who are sick, at high risk of becoming sick, and their caregivers, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is hereby dispensed.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Revered George L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Date: September 24, 2020

Click HERE for original Decree
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On this Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, let us remember in prayer our Diocese of Las Vegas on its 25th Anniversary. Saint John Paul II established this particular Church on 21 March 1995. Later that year, Bishop Walsh was installed as the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Las Vegas on 28 June 1995, the Vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, our Diocesan co-patrons.

Although various celebrations had been planned in this Silver Jubilee Year, the Coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of all of them, including the Diocese of Las Vegas 25th Anniversary Mass originally scheduled for today. While we still cannot pray together in large in-person events, we invite you on this blessed anniversary of our Diocese to pray the Silver Jubilee Prayer for the Diocese of Las Vegas,

In this Silver Jubilee Year for the Diocese of Las Vegas, may the glorious princes of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, help all of us to grow in faith and in holiness of life, as dedicated servants of Jesus Christ the Lord.

 A Silver Jubilee Prayer for the
Diocese of Las Vegas


Almighty, ever-living God, In your goodness, you sent your only Son to bring salvation to all people through your Church.

For twenty-five years, your sons and daughters in the Diocese of Las Vegas have been called to live as a community of faith, hope, and love, rooted in Christ.

Pour forth your Holy Spirit on this particular Church, that we may continue the saving work of Jesus Christ through Word, Sacrament, and Service.

May everything we do, both now and in the years to come, be for your glory and for the sanctification of all. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

Holy Family - Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - Pray for us Saints Peter and Paul - Pray
for us

Vatican reaffirms, clarifies church teachings on end-of-life care
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is morally permissible regarding end-of-life care, the Vatican's doctrinal office released a 25-page letter offering "a moral and practical clarification" on the care of vulnerable patients.

"The church is convinced of the necessity to reaffirm as definitive teaching that euthanasia is a crime against human life because, in this act, one chooses directly to cause the death of another innocent human being," the document said.

Titled, "'Samaritanus bonus,' on the Care of Persons in the Critical and Terminal Phases of Life," the letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was approved by Pope Francis in June, and released to the public Sept. 22. Read more.

 'Black lives matter!' says Las Vegas bishop in pastoral on racism

By Catholic News Service
LAS VEGAS (CNS) -- The "tragic death" of George Floyd, an African American killed while in the custody of a white police officer, "has torn the scab away from the gaping wound of racism that still infects communities across the globe," said Bishop George L. Thomas of Las Vegas. He made the comments in a pastoral letter, "When Words Fall Short: A Pastoral Letter on Racism," issued June 10. "What is needed in this critical moment is a genuine conversion of heart and a commitment to renew our communities," Bishop Thomas said. "The words of Pope Francis ring true in our hearts: 'Let no one think that this invitation is not meant for him or her.'" Read more.

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Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
Diocese of Las Vegas
June 10, 2020

The tragic and inhumane death of Mr. George Floyd has enraged the nation and galvanized people across the globe to cry out together for justice in his name.

In fewer than nine minutes, we witnessed breathtaking footage of an unarmed black man receiving capital punishment for a petty crime, pleading for his life while crying out those infamous words that haunt the soul of this nation. “I can’t breathe.” Read more

Bishop George Leo Thomas’ Statement on the
Killing of George Floyd
Click HERE.

 Bishop Thomas Announces Phase 2 for Reopening
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Bishop Thomas' (DACA) Dreamers:  We are With You! June 18, 2020 Click HERE.

Pope Francis Prays for Las Vegas April 02, 2020 Click HERE

Bishop Thomas visits Catholic Charities Encountering the Gospel 
Click HERE

COVID-19 Bishop Thomas' Letters
COVID-19 News Updates

Bishop Thomas' 2020 CSA Reflection

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