Gov. Reynolds has issued a new proclamation closing additional businesses, including mall stores that can only be reached from the inside, social and fraternal clubs, bingo, gaming and music stores, playgrounds and amusement parks through April 30. The governor asked people to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Click here for the text of the proclamation.

Discussion is going on in Washington, DC about a possible “Phase IV” bill to assist with relief from the coronavirus. We’ll keep you posted on any request for contacts to our members of Congress.

If you have been laid off from your job due to the crisis, go to www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov for assistance.

A NATIONAL MOMENT OF PRAYER ON GOOD FRIDAY

Many parishes are offering streaming Masses and other spiritual resources online. Click here for a link to the diocesan web pages.

In addition, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday, April 10, to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart. A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on USCCB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usccb.

With special permission received from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday.

Be well and may God bless you and your family!