Responding to the coronavirus pandemic

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has prepared a plan for reopening parishes when it is safe to do so. Watch the accompanying video for an update from Archbishop Lori and for information on what public Masses will look like when they resume.

Phase I of the reopening plan begins May 15 at 5 p.m., allowing churches to be open for private prayer and adoration. Parishes may offer the sacraments of reconciliation and baptism, and funeral and wedding Masses may be held with a limit of 10 attendees.

The start of Phase II will begin the weekend of May 30-31, when public Masses can begin at the pastor’s discretion and where it is permissible to do so based on conditions in the local jurisdiction.

Click the buttons below to read the full guidelines for both phases of reopening.

Archdiocese of Baltimore Schools Closed

The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced May 6 that all Catholic schools in the archdiocese will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement came in a letter to “Catholic school family members” from Donna M. Hargens, superintendent of Catholic schools, and James B. Sellinger, chancellor of education, who wrote that “instruction through distance learning will continue for the remainder of our school year ending June 11.”

Frequently Asked Questions – Catholic Schools

The Division of Catholic Schools has created an information sheet with answers to frequently asked questions concerning Catholic schools and the coronavirus pandemic.  Click here to download the information sheet. 

Stay Connected


Continued communication with the faithful is critical at a time when they are being separated from their parish community and from the Eucharist. We are strongly encouraging the use of the MyParish App. You will receive instant parish notifications, participate in online Masses, daily Mass readings, archdiocesan and international news, prayers, broadcasts of the Catholic Baltimore radio show and so much more!


The Archdiocese of Baltimore periodically sends out email and/or text messages via Flocknote. Click here to signup. Also check with your parish about signing up to for your parish’s Flocknote messaging system to receive direct information from your local faith community.


The Catholic Review also provides important ongoing coverage of the pandemic. You can sign up for the Catholic Review’s twice-a-week enewsletter here or by texting CRMedia to 84576. Visit the Catholic Review’s website at


Media inquiries should be directed to the Office of Communications:


The functions of the Catholic Center are operating from remote locations. A very limited number of essential personnel will report to the building on a daily basis. We are committed to serving our parishes and schools with the same level of responsiveness and attention that they expect and need.


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Liturgical Resources

For free downloads of daily liturgical readings, pre-written prayers for the General Intercessions and other liturgical resources, click here.      


How to Celebrate Mass at Home (PDF)

This one-page guide offers suggestions for how to celebrate Mass at home. Although there is no substitute for gathering in person for Mass, this can be an opportunity for the whole family to participate prayerfully in spiritual communion with their sisters and brothers in Christ.


For information about prayer resources, click here.  

Spiritual Communion

Those watching Mass online are encouraged to make a spiritual communion since they cannot physically receive holy Communion. For more information and for a spiritual communion prayer, click here.

Submit your prayer request to Archbishop Lori

In his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul offered support and encouragement to his fellow Christians, urging them to “rejoice in hope, endure in affliction and persevere in prayer.”

In that same spirit, Archbishop William E. Lori invites all to share their requests for prayers for themselves, their families and loved ones. The archbishop will take those requests to the altar every day as he celebrates Mass.

Pray for one another that God may keep us always in his love. 

Click here to make a prayer request.


Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, invites all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and all members of the Knights of Columbus and their families to join him in praying a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for protection against the coronavirus.



Each day, Archbishop William E. Lori offers a reflection on the liturgical readings or other topics. Click play on the accompanying video to watch today’s reflection. For more, click here.

Liturgical Resources

For information about liturgical resources, click here.  

Sacramental Resources

For information about sacramental preparation resources, click here

RCIA Resources

For information about RCIA resources, click here

Faith Formation Resources

For information on faith formation resources, click here

Family Life Resources

For information on family life resources, click here

Adult Faith Formation Resources

For information on adult faith formation resources, click here

Youth Ministry Resources

For youth ministry resources click here

Hispanic Ministry Resources

For Hispanic ministry resources, click here/Para recursos del ministerio hispano, haga clic aquí.

For online Masses in Spanish, click here/Para misas en línea en español, haga clic aquí.

As the world faces the effects of the coronavirus, we understand that our parishes, too, will be affected. Learn how you can support your parish family here .

Your support of archdiocesan-wide initiatives, including the 2020 Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries, is also greatly appreciated.  Please call 443-263-1989 with any Gift Processing questions or concerns.

Please also know that Catholic Charities of Baltimore and St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore are working hard to continue as best they can to serve those in need in a difficult situation. 

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