Indoor Masses, Private Prayer, and Confession
Last updated: Monday 7/6/2020
Throughout the past few months, I have missed seeing you all in church, but I have prayed that you and your families have been healthy, safe, and well.
Our staff has been busy preparing for when we are able to reopen for public Masses. As of June 19, Baltimore City is now in Phase 2. This means that we are open for indoor Masses, as well as private prayer and Confession.
Indoor Masses (will also be livestreamed):
- Saturday at 5pm
- Sundays at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am
- Sign up in advance below.
- See procedures below - all must wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, one household/family per pew, etc.
Daily Mass: (will also be livestreamed)
- Mondays through Fridays 7am and 5:30pm
- Saturdays, and 8:15am
- Mass will be held in the main part of the church, and the procedures below will apply (all must wear a mask, stay six feet apart, etc.).
- No sign-ups are needed to attend.
- Daily Masses will continue to be livestreamed - please do not come if you do not feel comfortable or if you are in a vulnerable group.
Private prayer: The Cathedral is open for private prayer:
- Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm
- Saturday from 9am to 4pm
- No sign-up needed. Wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others.
The Cathedral will also be open additional times for Mass, Confession, scheduled baptisms, etc.
- Saturdays 4pm to 4:45pm
- Confession will be held in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or Joseph Chapel. Please wait in the nave (main part of the church) until it is your turn for Confession.
- No sign-up needed.
- Wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others.
Please sign up here before attending Mass. Spots are filling up rather quickly, so don't hesitate. Only one person per household needs to sign up, to help us ensure our maximum of 72 households/families per Mass.
Need to sign up, but don't have a computer? Call Lisa Kantz by Friday at noon at 410-464-4006.
Trouble with the form? Email Beth Mayr at [email protected].
What to Expect
What do I need to do before I come to Cathedral?
- Take your temperature. Please do not come if you have a fever or feel sick in any way.
- Wear a mask. Masks are mandatory for all entering the Cathedral during this time, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- We encourage you to download myParish app and/or bring a Magnificat to follow along, if preferred. Worship aids are published here and in myParish app weekly, and will continue to be uploaded there. There will not be hymnals or worship aids in the pews, to limit contact between attendees.
- Please use the restroom, to limit the amount of people using the restrooms at Cathedral.
- If you are a Liturgical Minister, we will be looking for assistance - please check your email or contact Fr. Kevin if you are comfortable serving during this time.
What will Mass be like?
- Please enter through the narthex (back of the church as you face the altar). When you arrive, an usher will be at the door to explain seating and count the number of people inside the church.
- We have a map (subject to change) developed to show where seating will be permitted (in green). Pews not available for seating will be marked with signage accordingly.
- You will be able to sit with others in your household, but no one from separate households will be permitted to sit in your pew. Please be kind and listen to the ushers.
- There will be no congregational singing, as singing expels more particles and causes a higher risk of spread of coronavirus.
- There will be no sign of peace.
- Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass, so that attendees may receive and then exit afterwards. Only the consecrated host will be distributed at Holy Communion and not the common cup.
- Ushers will guide you to Communion when it is time - it is a new pattern, so please be patient. There will be four tables set up - one in each corner of the Cathedral (one by the leftmost front pew, one by the rightmost front pew, one by the leftmost back pew, and one by the rightmost back pew).
- When you approach the table, you will stay on one side of the table to receive, and the Eucharistic Minister (EM) or clergy will be on the other side. It is discouraged to receive Communion on the tongue.
- The minister will keep their mask on the entire time. The communicant will pull down their mask, extend their hands fully and open flat, say “amen,” consume, and move to the door to exit. If you are receiving a blessing, you will keep your mask on as you receive the blessing at the table, then proceed to the exit.
- If the EM/clergy feels that they have touched another person, the protocol is for the EM to put down the ciborium, use hand sanitizer (which will be on each table), wait 30 seconds, then continue.
What are the cleaning procedures like?
- Our excellent cleaning company will clean the church (pews, areas where staff were, etc.) after every Mass. By distributing Communion at the end of Mass and not singing, the length of Mass will decrease, allowing for more time to clean in between Masses.
- If you’re coming for private prayer, please take one of the wipes (on tables at the entrance to every chapel, as well as near doors) and wipe down the pew before and after praying.
- The church is also cleaned every evening by our cleaning company.
- Hand sanitizer will be at every available entrance and exit.
Will you still livestream Mass?
- We will still be livestreaming all of our Masses. We have livestreamed our Masses for over three years, and we will certainly continue! If you don’t feel comfortable coming in person yet for Mass, don’t fret - Archbishop Lori has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, and we’d love to have you join us online for Mass. Learn more here.
Will the Parish Center be open?
- The Parish Center will be closed for the summer, but our Pastoral Staff is still working remotely. If you would have normally come into the Parish Center to ask a question, please email [email protected] or call 410-464-4000 and leave a voicemail. We will respond to your call or email promptly.
I’d also encourage you to watch this video from the Archdiocese about what to expect:
In our recent parish survey, 38% of comments included concern about others coming to Cathedral when sick or not following the guidelines. Please do not come to Cathedral if you are not well, are not comfortable, or are not able to follow the protocols above. We greatly appreciate your efforts to keep our parish family safe during this time.
The best way to stay in touch with us is via this email list, as well as our website (see our response page here, frequently updated). If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Monsignor Woy, Fr. Kevin, and the Cathedral staff