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.
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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.”
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.
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 www.catholicreview.org.
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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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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.
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.
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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.
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.