Sacrament Information

Below are excerpts from a letter from the Archdiocese, dated Mar. 20, on practices regarding the Sacraments during the current health situation:

Mass and the Distribution of Communion

“The suspension of public Masses will continue until at least April 17.”

“Communion is always accompanied by a Rite… ‘drive-thru’ or ‘carry-out’ practices are inappropriate.”

“Priests may celebrate one Mass per day honoring one intention and receiving the offering.”

Holy Week and Easter

“Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil: all of these liturgies may be celebrated in private gatherings of 10 people or fewer; they may be livestreamed (not recorded).”

“A livestream of the Triduum celebrated by the Archbishop will be available for viewing.”

“Unless requested otherwise, the celebration of the Rites of Christian Initiation will take place at all parishes during the Pentecost Vigil (May 30).”

Anointing of the Sick

“Priests should make themselves available for anointings, as they will be in greater demand.”

Confessions

“So long as churches remain open, do your best to establish social distancing for those going to Confession by having markers on the floor every six to seven feet. For safety of everyone, Confessions are only to be heard behind the screen.”

Funerals

“Private funerals with Mass may be celebrated with the immediate family only.”

“If the remains are cremated, consider postponing the funeral.”

Confirmation

“All Confirmation Masses are postponed indefinitely.”

“If necessary, pastors may be delegated to confirm later in the year.”

Baptism

“Infant baptisms may continue to be celebrated with immediate family and godparents only.”

“Adult baptisms should celebrated at an appropriate time in the future.”