|Springfield Diocese Cancels Masses, Schools|
|08:03PM / Friday, March 13, 2020|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has canceled all Masses and other activities within its parishes.
Bishop Mitchell Rozanski has issued these updated directives based on the current situation regarding the novel coronavirus and statements from federal and state officials. Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday afternoon issued an emergency order prohibiting most gatherings of more than 250 people in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19.
Rozanski has ordered:
All Masses and other activities are suspended in all parishes until further notice. He urges parishioners to view the televised Mass, the "Chalice of Salvation," which airs in Berkshire County at 6 a.m. on Sundays on WXXA Fox23 in Albany, N.Y., and elsewhere on WWLP 22News out of Springfield on Sunday mornings at 10. There will be two live-streamed Masses — Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. — via a link at www.stagnescc.com
• The only exception for parish-based activities would be "Take & Eat" programs that may continue at the discretion of the pastor.
• All pastoral in-home and nursing home visits are to be discontinued unless the individual is in critical condition.
• Catholic schools will close for two weeks, including St. Stanislaus School in Adams and St. Mary's in Lee.
• In light of these circumstances, the planned ACA In-Pew Commitment Weekend will be rescheduled to weekend of April 18-19.
• Working with risk management and environmental consultants, the diocese is developing a comprehensive response plan to help guide it in the coming days, weeks and months.
More information for local parishes can be found through the diocese website