COVID-19 Updates and Resources

This page collects Diocese of Massachusetts updates and information regarding ongoing COVID-19 response.

Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
- Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765

Guidance and messages from our bishops & leadership

Find updates and messages issued prior to May 18 on the COVID-19 Updates Archive page.

Livestreaming resources

Find a church

Click here for list of congregations live-streaming and podcasting worship services

To be added to the list, please e-mail details to news@diomass.org. Please also send word if listings need to be updated or removed.

Zoom, YouTube, Facebook Live

Zoom: 

YouTube: 

Facebook Live:

  • Find a tutorial, from St. Anne's-in-the-Fields Church in Lincoln, on streaming via Facebook Live, here

Livestreaming and copyrights

U.S. Copyright Issues Related to Live-Streaming Music

Liturgy, music and prayer resources

Visit our Liturgy and Music Resources page to find liturgical resources gathered by our diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission for use in homes and online worship, including forms for Agape meals (here and here).

Food insecurity

  • Project Bread FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333; available in 160 languages, open 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the crisis (TTY line: 1-800-377-1292).

    Hotline counselors provide callers with up-to-date information on food resources—including new school meal sites, food pantries and federal programs—and assist callers with applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

COVID-19 volunteer opportunities

Two important considerations create a dilemma during this pandemic. On the one hand, it is vital that people stay at home to prevent spreading the virus. This is especially important for those who are part of high-risk groups. On the other hand, there are essential services provided by our churches and community organizations that require workers or volunteers so that basic needs are met. It is important to reaffirm the need for those at high risk to stay at home as much as possible. It is equally important to ask that those not in high risk groups who have been asymptomatic for the past two weeks to consider stepping up to support ministries which provide life-sustaining assistance to others. Visit our COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities page for a listing of volunteer needs.

Mental health, domestic violence & substance addiction resources

During this time, ordinary channels for mental health may be disrupted and support groups, like 12-Step meetings, may not operate at the usual places and times. Those under quarantine, sheltering at home or feeling isolated or fearful may need additional support, and the risk of domestic violence may increase. Visit our Mental Health and Domestic Violence Resources page for links to support services.

COVID-19 Response Documents

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