Update to Protocols February 10, 2022

Mask Mandate for public Masses to be lifted on February 28th

As of February 28, masks will no longer be required at public Masses in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are no longer required to wear masks during the distribution of Communion, but the pastor may continue to require it if he wishes to do so.

Masks will also not be required in Parish Faith Formation programs as of February 28.

If a pastor decides that it is not yet time in his community for a dropping of a mask requirement, based on his knowledge of the needs of his particular community, he may continue to require the wearing of masks in his parish.

If the local municipality continues to require the wearing of masks in public places, the parish must comply with those regulations.

Parishes are still required to maintain, mark, and communicate a portion of each worship space as being reserved for those who wish to wear masks and social distance.Parishes are also encouraged to continue to exercise and encourage caution in all parish activities

Inquiries can be addressed to corona@rcab.org

Regarding Faith Formation

Updated March 3, 2022

Archdiocesan mask requirements for Mass ended on February 28 and archdiocesan mask requirements for faith formation ended March 3.  Everyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask, maintain social distance, or participate in programming from home should be accommodated.  The archdiocese still requires parishes to follow any town, city, state, or federal COVID requirements.

Regarding Vaccinations

The Archdiocese of Boston, following the example of the Cardinal and the Holy Father, continues to urge vaccination as the most effective way to bring this pandemic under control and keep families safe.