Coronavirus disease 2019

May 2, 2020

Diocese of Gary Bishop McClory in a Letter dated May 2, 2020 advised that current diocesan liturgical protocols (including the suspension of the public celebration of the Mass) will remain in place while the diocesan COVID19 Task Force and College of Consultors reviews Governor Holcomb’s multistage plan.

May 1, 2020

Governor Eric Holcomb released his 5 Stages to get Indiana Back On Track today, May 1, 2020.  Under Back On Track IN Stage 2 beginning May 4th for all Indiana Counties except Cass, Lake, and Marion, Religious Services are permitted to convene inside places of worship effective May 8th.  Revised Guidance for Places Of Worship were also released providing recommendations for opening.

April 28, 2020

Click this link to access the Diocese of Gary COVID-19 News & Resources Page.  It also included a link to the State of Indiana 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVIS-19) Home page.

March 18, 2020

Click this link for a video from Bishop McClory about yesterdays’s decision by the Indiana Catholic Bishops to temporarily suspend church services.

March 17, 2020

This morning the five Catholic Bishop’s of Indiana suspended all public activities until further notice.  This includes all weekend and weekday masses and all special Lenten activities previously scheduled.
For full details of this action, please click on the following link:  Indiana Bishops March 17 Letter.    In addition, Bishop McClory has released a second Letter to the Faithful that can be downloaded here:   Bishop McClory Letter_March 17.

Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out for all around the world affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic!

March 14, 2020

Prompted by the recent announcement of a documented case in our region, this afternoon the Diocese of Gary released the following Bishop’s Letter to the Faithful from the Most Reverend Robert J. McClory.

March 13, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with all around the world affected by the Coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19!

On March 13, the Diocese of Gary issued a press release, Diocese of Gary Press Release 03_13_2020, regarding the health and well being of the Northwest Indiana community.

Most importantly, Most Reverend Robert J. McClory dispensed the Catholic faithful from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass effective March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29.

In advance of these directives, during the weekend of March 7-8, our parish temporarily suspended offering the Precious Blood during Eucharist and further, indefinitely suspended offering the Eucharist directly on the tongue. We have also temporarily suspended the Sign of Peace during services.

Also, following the Diocesan directives, all CCD classes at our parish have been suspended thru April 3.  Likewise, the decision was taken to temporarily suspend our parish’s traditional “Treats after 10 am Mass” thru April 3.  We are closely following the Diocese’s directives and will reinstate both the CCD Program and our time honored and beloved tradition of treats here at St. Ann of the Dunes as soon as the health concerns over the Coronovirus are abated!

We encourage you to read the Diocesan directives as well as following our local, state and federal government recommendations as currently released and updated on their websites and in news releases.

Our prayers go out for the intervention of God to protect the health of our community, our nation and the world!



Please visit the Diocese of Gary website for pertinent information on Responding to COVID-19.