WASHINGTON — The global coronavirus pandemic has derailed many things for Americans, including access to the sacraments — and weddings are not exempt from the restrictions.
As the coronavirus reached more than 11,000 cases and 150 fatalities in the U.S. on March 19, many Catholic couples have made difficult decisions about whether to proceed with spring weddings — adjusting them to meet small-gathering guidelines — or to postpone their weddings indefinitely in a time of uncertainty.
The coronavirus response coordinator for the White House, Dr. Deborah Birx, advised this week against gathering in groups of more than 10 people, and dioceses throughout the country have announced that small weddings limited to immediate family can proceed. Dioceses are also directing that weddings use “The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Without Mass” in the ritual book. ….
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