Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Public Masses with Social Distancing

Everyone should know

  • Bishop DeGrood has dispensed the Sunday Mass obligation due to pandemic conditions. Live streamed Masses will continue for those at risk and unable to attend in person.
  • Pastors, with guidance, may begin to offer Masses starting May 15 or later with social distance measures in place. Check with your local parish for more information.
  • We are grateful for all you have endured and thank you in advance for your good decisions as we continue through this experience.

Who should stay home?

  • Those at risk due to age or other conditions that weaken you.
  • Those who care for those at risk.
  • Those still uncomfortable in public settings with others.
  • Those with fever or coughs similar to COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Those living with people with fever, coughs or other symptoms.

If I come to a Mass, how should I prepare?

  • Continue social distancing by keeping six feet between families/other persons.
  • Sanitize hands before and after Mass.
  • Masks protect others as much as they do you. Consider wearing one.
  • Be patient and kind. We’re all new at this. Follow your pastor’s instructions.
  • Be prepared for hiccups, especially in seating, which will be limited. Be alert to changing conditions.


  • Let us keep each other and everyone in our prayers.
  • Let us pray for all those affected by COVID-19 and those laboring for them.
  • We may be physically separated, but we are spiritually united.