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 Bishop Thomas Announces Phase 2 for Reopening Parishes
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Bishop Thomas: Feast of the Ascension
There’s such good news hidden in the fine print.



Las Vegas, NV—Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D., the Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas, said today that while he is pleased that houses of worship have been deemed essential services by the federal government, the reopening of the parishes of the Diocese of Las Vegas will be led by its Diocesan Restoration Council.

“I established the Council to ensure the safe and systematic reopening of our parishes in a manner that follows and respects the guidelines and limitations provided by health officials and the State of Nevada. It is essential that we are mindful of necessary precautions and safety recommendations for the health and well-being of all of our people,” Bishop Thomas said.

The Diocese of Las Vegas is currently under a discontinuance order until May 31, 2020.

The Diocesan Restoration Council is chaired by Mr. John Kilduff, President of Bishop Gorman High School and is comprised of representatives from a wide array of disciplines including medical, gaming, education, civic, law enforcement, engineering, logistics and pastoral ministry.

The Council has met several times and is working on an established set of protocols based on guidance and recommendations that have been made available to date. They will be taking this new development and guidance under advisement and will be working to finalize plans for the reopening of parishes.

Further announcements will be made once the plans have been finalized to include timing.

Prayers for Vocations

Faith leaders: Protecting human life is priority in reopening churches
By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The bishops of the state of Washington said suspension of the public celebration of Mass because of the coronavirus pandemic was undertaken "not out of fear, but out of our deepest respect for human life and health."

"As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be instruments of God's protection for the vulnerable and the common good," the five bishops said in a May 22 statement released by the Washington State Catholic Conference. "Our love of God and neighbor is always personal and not partisan.

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Deacon Al Paduano leaves a legacy of kindness and joy
Deacon Alphonse “Al” Peter Paduano, entered eternal rest on April 25, with his beloved wife Tracey, at his side, after a short battle with cancer, he was 63. Read more.

Bishop Thomas Extends Discontinuance Order until May 31

April 24, 2020

Dear Fathers and Parish Administrators,

During the past six weeks, my office has carefully monitored the medical metrics related to the COVID- 19 pandemic and its effects related to the population of Southern Nevada. As of today, the Southern Nevada Health District reported another 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 13 deaths overnight in Clark County. This latest report brings our State tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,208, with 3,314 residing in Clark County.

In light of this information, I have decided that our Discontinuance Order will be extended until May 31, 2020, and revisited at that time. Read more

 Orden de Discontinuación Actualizada
 24 de abril de 2020

Queridos Padres y Administradores Parroquiales,

Durante las últimas seis semanas, mi oficina ha monitoreado cuidadosamente las métricas médicas relacionadas con la pandemia COVID-19 y sus efectos relacionados con la población del sur de Nevada. Hasta el día de hoy, el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada reportó otros 96 casos confirmados de COVID-19, con 13 muertes durante la noche en el condado de Clark. Este último informe lleva nuestro recuento estatal de casos COVID-19 a 4,208, con 3,314 que residen en el condado de Clark.

A la luz de esta información, he decidido que nuestra Orden de Descontinuación se prorrogará hasta el 31 de mayo de 2020 y se revisará en ese momento. Seguir leyendo

Pope Francis Prays for Las Vegas
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Bishop Thomas visits Catholic Charities Encountering the Gospel 
By Deacon Tim O'Callaghan

Today Bishop Thomas, in the imagery of the Gospel of Matthew, fed the hungry, welcomed the stranger, cared for the brokenhearted, and visited those held captive in the poverty of loneliness.

Visiting Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Bishop Thomas distributed meals, held a prayer service for the staff, and greeted the poor and hungry lined up for a block and a half.  Reflecting on the day, he said, “I was deeply moved by the courage, compassion, and creativity of our amazing Catholic Charities staff, who have remained on the front lines from the beginning of the pandemic.” With a sense of humility, he continued, “On behalf of the entire community, I thank them.” Catholic Charities reopened today at half capacity and with no volunteers, after closing a week ago, when a man in the overnight shelter tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.

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