Indoor Masses, Private Prayer, and Confession
Indoor Masses (will also be livestreamed):
- Saturday at 5pm
- Sundays at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am
- See procedures below - all must wear a mask, stay 3 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 three feet apart, etc.).
- 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 3 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 3 feet away from others.
Last updated: June 4, 2021
June 4, 2021 update: The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass will be lifted on the weekend of June 26/27. At that time, all restrictions related to social distancing will also be removed. Mass registration is no longer needed. We have all been waiting for this “return to normal.” By next weekend, we hope that the pews will be cleaned, polished, and restocked with hymnals. Printed Sunday bulletins may now be found on the tables at the doors of the church.
May 20, 2021 update: Seating will now be permitted every other pew - please stay 3 feet (previously 6 feet) from others. Masks are still required. Thank you!
May 12, 2021 update: As of this coming weekend, congregational singing is now permitted. Holy water is back in the fonts, and the gifts will be brought up during Mass again. Seating will be every other pew now. All other guidelines still exist: wearing masks, staying 6 feet away, signing up in advance, etc.. Thank you!
October 10, 2020 update: As you may be aware, our response to the pandemic required us to adopt certain changes to the protocols used for Mass. We are truly grateful for your patience, participation, and compliance in navigating these adjustments to our normal worship practices.
With regards to the timing for the distribution of Holy Communion, the Archdiocese has asked all parishes to return to distributing at the normal time during the Mass.
As our understanding of the necessary safety measures has progressed in recent weeks, and seeing how these protocols have been put into practice, we feel that our parish can safely accommodate this return to the distribution at the Communion Rite. Please familiarize yourself with the following protocol changes:
Holy Communion will be distributed at the normal time, before the final prayer and blessing.
Holy Communion will continue to be distributed via the tables at the front of the two side aisles, and a third station will be added at the front of the center aisle.
Those who are seated in the center aisle will be dismissed one side at a time to form a single-file line
when approaching the Communion station.
Those who are seated on the side aisle are asked to make use of the Communion station at their respective aisle.
After receiving, we ask that you please return to your pew by means of the same aisle.
Please note: all other protocols remain in place regarding the wearing of masks throughout your time in the Church, the cordoning off of pews for safe distancing, refraining from congregational singing or the exchange of a sign of peace, and exiting the Church upon the conclusion of Mass to allow for cleaning and sanitization.
We will adopt these changes beginning the weekend of October 10/11, and will continue to closely monitor the process to make sure it is in keeping with safe practices.
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.
- Holy Communion will be distributed at the normal time, before the final prayer and blessing.
- Holy Communion will continue to be distributed via the tables at the front of the two side aisles, and a third station will be added at the front of the center aisle.
- Those who are seated on either side of the center aisle will be dismissed, one side at a time, to form a single-file line when approaching the Communion station.
- Those who are seated on the side aisle are asked to make use of the Communion station at their respective aisle.
- 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.
- After receiving, we ask that you please return to your pew by means of the same aisle.
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 is open, but many Pastoral Staff are 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 our website. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Monsignor Woy, Fr. Kevin, and the Cathedral staff