With the number of cases of COVID19 rising to 72 on Tuesday, March 17, and Gov. Tony Evers limiting gatherings to less than 10 people across Wisconsin, Superior’s bishop decided to suspend Mass until further notice.

Bishop James Powers suspended Mass effective Wednesday, March 18 for all the churches in the Catholic diocese.

Churches affected in Douglas County include Cathedral of Christ the King, Holy Assumption, St. William, St. Francis Xavier, St. Anthony in Superior and Lake Nebagamon and St. Pius in Solon Springs.

The diocese has also discontinued school instruction at its 14 Catholic schools. Peggy Schoenfuss, superintendent of Catholic Schools and director of Catholic Formation, is working with school principals and directors of religious education to develop plans for online and other homeschooling possibilities.

The Diocese of Superior is comprised of more than 23,000 Catholic households, 103 parishes and 14 Catholic schools in a 16-county region of northern Wisconsin.

This story was updated at 12:20 p.m. on March 19 to include information about Catholic schools and the Diocese of Superior. It was originally posted on March 17 at 4:49 p.m.

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