COVID-19 Updates

This page collects Diocese of Massachusetts updates and information regarding ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

No in-person public worship services until May 31.  Online and live-streamed services from church buildings remain permissible, as long as fewer than 10 people are present, physical distancing is maintained and strict hygiene measures are observed. Please use the March 25 link above to read the full update for details.

Also includes:  Additional worship guidance and financial and operational guidelines

Livestreaming resources

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.

Find best practices for Zoom meetings, from VTS's Building Faith, here, and a "How to Use Zoom for Large Meetings" tip sheet here. Find a tutorial, from St. Anne's-in-the-Fields Church in Lincoln, on streaming via Facebook Live, here

Liturgical 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.  A letter from the commission leaders introduces a host of links to resources for praying the Daily Office, praying with children, formation podcasts, grace at meals, suggestions for "Triduum Under Quarantine" and more.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Diocese of Massachusetts has established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to respond to emerging, urgent needs in our congregations and affiliated organizations, and in support of collaborations with ecumenical, multifaith and community partners.  The fund will address critical community needs and congregational sustainability during the time of the pandemic.  A grant application with more guidelines will be available soon.  The fund is now open to receive online gifts at www.diomass.org/give-now.  We are deeply grateful for your sacrificial generosity.  "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2)

Mental health and domestic violence 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.