Coronavirus Resources and Information


Latest Archdiocesan Updates

Guidelines for celebration of Mass and Holy Communion →

Livestream Masses and Liturgies →

Archdiocese of Washington Area Restrictions →

The dispensation issued by Cardinal Gregory from the obligation to attend Mass during this time remains in effect.  All persons who are subjects of the Archbishop of Washington no matter where they may be, and all other persons who are actually present in the Archdiocese of Washington who are under the obligation, are dispensed from the obligation until further notice (cann. 87 §1, 91).

Visit the Media Portal to view the latest statements regarding the coronavirus released by the Archdiocese of Washington.

Catholic Standard will also continue to provide information as updates are available.


Messages from Cardinal Gregory

Cardinal Gregory’s July 31 prayer for the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington →

Cardinal Gregory’s June 22 video message to the faithful regarding the transition to reopening →

Cardinal Gregory’s June 24 letter to the faithful regarding the transition to reopening →

“These past months of social distancing have been quite a challenge for each of us individually and as a faith community, while we prayed for the day we could be together again soon. I am overjoyed to share with you that the day is here. I personally welcome you back to your parishes as we officially open for the public celebration of Mass. Please check with your local parish and pastor about Mass times and other details. We have also instituted best practices and procedures for our parishes, so that you can be confident that we can gather together safely.”

Cardinal Gregory has made available pastoral and spiritual resources as well as TV Mass. All are invited to join us for Mass and prayer via livestream.

Remote learning

Catholic Schools Information

In realizing the need for a measured and thoughtful approach to school reopening for the 2020-21 school year during this time of crisis and pandemic, the Archdiocese of Washington Schools Office has released Onward Together in Faith, a document summarizing the reopening plans of the 62 Archdiocesan high schools, elementary schools, and early learning centers (ELCs), and the 29 independent Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

For more about your school’s campus operating status, contact your school directly, visit your school website, and follow your school on social media.


Worship and Prayer Resources

Recorded and live-streamed Masses →

Dispensation, prayers, and making a spiritual communion →

The following resources have been developed to help parishes and individuals continue to provide and to participate in pastoral ministry, prayer and outreach. These resources were created at various times since Spring 2020. Since civil guidelines and restrictions are developing, always follow the most recent guidance on social and physical distancing.

Individual and Family Resources

Parish Resources


Health, Safety and Vaccine Information

FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccine Development →

The resource linked here contains more information on the coronavirus from the CDC and links to Maryland and DC health department resources.

Media inquiries should be directed to the Office of Media Relations.

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Visit the Media Portal to view the latest statements regarding the coronavirus released by the Archdiocese of Washington.