Letter from Bishop

New pandemic restrictions regarding Funerals

From: Cordero, Dcn. Modesto mcordero@rcchawaii.org
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:18
Subject: New pandemic restrictions regarding Funerals


Governor David Y. Ige’s latest FOURTEENTH PROCLAMATION RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY signed on October 13, 2020 (Exhibit H) directs “any cemetery, cemetery authority, mortuary, mortuary authority, or person engaged in the provision of funeral services or who embalms bodies is prohibited from transporting a body to a residence or any other location,unless it is the location of burial authorized by law.” Therefore, effective immediately and until further notice, all Funeral Masses in the presence of a body (casket) in the State of Hawaii are to be postponed OR celebrated without the presence of the body.

Our clergy can still offer the Vigil for the Deceased and/or a Funeral Liturgy outside Mass at the mortuary/funeral home, or a Committal Service at the cemetery. As an exception during this time, a Funeral Mass at church I the presence of an Urn or without the presence of the may still be celebrated before the Committal Service (See Order of Christian Funerals, Chapter 6.)

For any additional information contact my office.


Deacon Modesto R. Cordero

Office of Worship
Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu
1184 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 585-3342 office
(866) 305-5966 fax

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