Parishes Prepare for Re-opening, Dispensation from Sunday Mass Obligation Continues

News May 19, 2020

May 18, 2020:  The Archdiocese of Boston announced a new phase during this time of pandemic, following the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announcement that churches may begin re-opening under strict safety protocols. Each parish will begin to make the necessary preparations, in order to ensure that strict safety protocols are in place. The pastor will seek approval from the regional bishop, once the preparations have been completed. Even so, the virus remains a serious health threat. The Archdiocese of Boston statement concludes:

The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. Cardinal Seán strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicating physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes, on their parish’s social media or on CatholicTV. 

The days ahead will continue to be challenging for all. Our parishes, schools and ministries will be meeting these challenges in unprecedented ways. The return to the celebration of Masses and the sharing of the Eucharist will be welcome activities for the people of the Archdiocese as we proceed patiently and with caution in this first phase of reopening. We hope and pray that the steps undertaken by our public leaders and by the Church will be effective in preventing a new surge of the virus and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to keep people safe.

Read the full statement: May 18, 2020 Archdiocese of Boston statement.

Read covid-19 related information for our parish.

PLEASE NOTE: Within the next few weeks, we will be able to return to celebrating public Mass, adhering to strict protocols to protect health of worshippers, in accordance with the Archdiocese of Boston "Phase 1" instructions. Please read the latest announcements the parish Facebook page, as well as the bulletin, and this website. To receive the parish email newsletter, please send a request to [email protected] asking to be added to the email list.

AVISO: Dentro de las próximas semanas, podremos volver a celebrar la misa pública, siguiendo estrictos protocolos para proteger la salud de los fieles, de acuerdo con las instrucciones "Fase 1" de la Arquidiócesis de Boston. Lea los últimos anuncios en la página de Facebook de nuestra parroquia, así como en nuestro boletín parroquial y este sitio web. Para recibir el "newsletter" de la parroquia, envíe un mensaje a [email protected] solicitando ser agregado a la "email list".

Many volunteers will be required, to ensure safety and to communicate with clarity and compassion during this challenging time. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this important ministry, especially if you are not in a vulnerable group due to age or health conditions. If you or a member of your household is over 60 or has a health condition that warrants extra precautions, prayerfully consider continuing to view Mass on television or online, rather than expose yourself or your loved one to undue risk of contracting the virus.

Se requerirán muchos voluntarios para garantizar la seguridad y comunicarse con claridad y compasión durante este momento difícil. Considere en oración ser voluntario para este importante ministerio, especialmente si no se encuentra en un grupo vulnerable debido a su edad o condiciones de salud. Si usted o un miembro de su hogar tiene más de 60 años o tiene una condición de salud que justifica precauciones adicionales, considere en oración continuar viendo misa en televisión o en línea, en lugar de exponerse a usted o a su ser querido a un riesgo indebido de contraer el virus.