Coronavirus Resources and Information
Latest Archdiocesan Updates
Archdiocese of Washington Catholic schools will be closed and public Masses cancelled beginning Saturday, March 14. A statement regarding this decision is available here.
Archbishop Gregory has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to all parishioners of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Visit the Media Portal to view all statements regarding the coronavirus released by the Archdiocese of Washington.
Catholic Standard will also continue to provide information in the coming days.
Messages from Archbishop Gregory
“We are aware of the rapidly developing district and state guidelines regarding the coronavirus. My number one priority as your Archbishop is to ensure the safety and health of all who attend our Masses, the children in our schools, and those we welcome through our outreach and services. Please know that this decision does not come lightly to close our schools or cancel Masses. We are profoundly saddened that we are not able to celebrate our sacraments as a community for the time being but we know Christ remains with us at all times – specifically in times of worry like this.
I have made available pastoral and spiritual resources as well as TV Mass that I encourage you to use. I also invite you to join us for Mass and prayer via livestream in our social media. May the peace of Christ settle any anxieties and fear we may have. Let us continue to pray for the people whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus as well as those who continue to care for them.” – Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
Click here to view a video message from Archbishop Gregory.
Worship and Prayer Resources
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 throughout the past month. Since civil guidelines and restrictions are developing, always follow the most recent guidance on social and physical distancing.
- How to hold a prayer service at home: English | Spanish | French
- How to host a small group online: English | Spanish
- Top ten tips for pastoral ministry during COVID-19: English
- Guide to dispensation and prayer when unable to attend Mass: English | Spanish
- Guide to living Lent in a time of social distancing (from the Diocese of Green Bay)
- Parish guide to virtual prayer ministry (from the Diocese of Green Bay)