Diocese of Springfield Respond to the Coronavirus

Communications Related to the Coronavirus

Updated March 17, 2020 

List of Televised and Streaming Masses

Updated March 16, 2020 

Letter to Catholic School families from Daniel R. Baillargeon, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools & Joshua Agnew, Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Updated March 16, 2020 

COVID-19 Updated diocesan directive

FROM – Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

As you are well aware, the scope and response to the COVID-19 crisis changes by the day and sometimes by the hour.  In order to be in alignment with these national and federal guidelines, I am updating our directives.

1. Effective tomorrow, March 17, all churches and chapels, including adoration chapels and oratories are to be closed until further notice. I understand this will be difficult news to share, but based on input from our environmental consultants and given Gov. Baker’s latest decrees, I had no choice but to take this additional truly painful step.

2. Effective tomorrow, March 17, and until at least March 31 all diocesan pastoral offices will be closed with many staff members working from home. Key staff members will have their direct dial extensions redirected to their homes so that they will be available to answer any questions.

3. I understand many parishes will follow suit and close offices.  I am asking that all employees continue to be paid throughout this time. Parishes that need help processing payroll remotely should call Cathi Farr at 452-0683. If you are concerned that you may lack funds to meet payroll please immediately contact Bill LaBroad at 452-0687. The diocese will suspend Cathedraticum and Education assessments for the time being.

4. Funerals may ONLY be held and attended by immediate family and very close friends, and may not exceed the state mandated limit of 25 people.  Times and dates for these should NOT be posted nor published.

5. Mass intentions can be moved to later dates or offered by priests privately.

I understand these are very difficult and disheartening measures, but they are essential if we are to slow down this terrible virus. The diocese will continue to update as circumstances warrant.

Let us all seek God’s loving guidance as we endure this most challenging time.