Caritas of Birmingham Closed to Visiting Pilgrims Until April 17
March 30, 2020
For Immediate Release March 30, 2020 9:08 AM Central Time USA
(Caritas of Birmingham, Alabama) – This morning it was announced that Caritas of Birmingham will be closed to visiting pilgrims until April 17. At that time, a determination will be made whether to extend the time-period of the closure.
On March 27, 2020, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey extended the statewide closures due to the coronavirus, to other areas including popular tourist attractions. The statewide closures are extended until April 17, at which time an evaluation will be made by state health officials on whether to extend the closures. Though Caritas does not fall directly under the categories of those ordered to close, for the safety of pilgrims, Caritas of Birmingham has voluntarily closed to visiting pilgrims. The Diocese of Birmingham also voluntarily closed their public Masses several weeks ago. What does this mean? Following are several guidelines about Caritas of Birmingham:
1. The mission of Caritas will continue to operate at full capacity, filling orders, answering phones and taking prayer requests. People are encouraged to call with prayer needs. See contact information below, or make a prayer request here.
2. The daily prayer schedules will continue to be maintained by the Community of Caritas.
3. Local Alabamians who were planning to visit are encouraged to drive by the Field and offer a prayer. (See a Friend of Medjugorje’s statement below.)
4. Caritas asks that people continue to support the mission with their prayers and financial tithes. The mission will still be operating at full throttle, even though it will be closed to visitors.
A Friend of Medjugorje, founder and director of Caritas of Birmingham stated:
“The mission of Caritas will continue to operate at full capacity. Prayer is primary in our life. I have maintained since starting Caritas that the only thing we have to be successful at is prayer, everything else will be successful. Therefore, our daily prayer schedules will still be maintained as will always be. Our Lady of Medjugorje told visionary Marija Lunetti (Pavlovic), that from the Field, She would intercede before God for all our intentions. We encourage those who were planning to visit, to drive by the Field. You can park off the white line on the road and pray one Hail Mary for Our Lady to intercede for God’s will concerning this virus. We will also continue to answer the phones and are taking prayer requests, especially for those sick, and those who are scared at this time. Our Lady has repeatedly said, ‘Do not be afraid.’”
This Press Release will be updated and superceded by another statement, prior to April 17, as a determination will be made on the time-frame of the closure. Those with questions are encouraged to contact Caritas at the information below.
Press Contact: Medjugorje Network Information Services Caritas of Birmingham (Alabama) 205-672-2000 Internationally: 001-205-672-2000 [email protected]