In order to keep the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore up-to-date regarding our efforts to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Diocese of Wilmington has set up this webpage.
Provided a parish is equipped to follow guidelines issued by the Diocese of Wilmington in concert with government officials, public Masses, funerals, baptisms and weddings may be held. Attendance at any liturgy or event in the church will follow the guidelines set for each state: 50% for Delaware, 100% for Maryland. Pastors may determine a lower capacity if they feel it necessary for their community’s safety. Additionally, attendees are required to wear proper face coverings, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from those who are not a part of their household, and follow their pastor’s direction for the reception of Holy Communion.
Bishop Malooly has announced that parishes may resume weddings, baptisms and funerals provided attendance limitations, mask use, social distancing, sanitizing, and all other precautions for the current phase of the coronavirus pandemic are followed. Individual pastors will provide specific guidance to families and couples as there are significant changes to these liturgies.
The size, location, and make up of our parishes vary widely and one-size-fits-all approach is not possible and not every situation or issue can be anticipated. Pastors may choose to implement additional and more restrictive rules for public worship than those permitted as they take into consideration vulnerable members in their respective parishes and other issues specific to their communities.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass issued on March 12, 2020 remains in place for the Diocese of Wilmington.
Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church for any reason. Likewise, anyone with a persistent cough or who otherwise does not feel well should not come to church.
Parishioners who are particularly vulnerable (e.g. over the age of sixty, existing heart or lung conditions, diabetes, or otherwise immuno-compromised) are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Church until all restrictions have been lifted.
Individuals are the primary protectors of their own health; during this current situation, there is always risk coming into public spaces. To that end, coming into an open church building carries that same risk. Individuals assume that risk for themselves in these circumstances.
Members of the same household may sit together, but there should be at least 6 feet of separation otherwise. Gatherings before and after celebrations are prohibited, including ministers greeting the faithful before and after Mass.
All members of the assembly are to wear face coverings at all times while in church.
Many parishes are providing online Masses. Check The Dialog for up-to-date details.
Until further notice, Sunday morning Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington will be lives-streamed each week. Watch live at 9:30 a.m. or watch the replay anytime at www.YouTube.com/DioceseOfWilm.
Catholic Schools of Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Succeeding During the COVID Challenge
Maryland Bishops encourage use of the COVID vaccine. Details here.
U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines. Click here.
U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Doctrine and for Pro-Life Address the Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine. Click here for details.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Releases a Pastoral Message on the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Read it here.
Third Sunday of Easter Mass – April 18, 2021
from the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington, Delaware
Televised Sunday Mass is available in New Castle County on WPVI-TV (Channel 6) at 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Also, Sunday Mass is available on EWTN at 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EWTN is available on cable, satellite, and online at ewtn.com/tv/watch-live.
Sunday Masses are available on the radio, as well. Relevant Radio 640 can be heard in virtually every corner of the diocese. Their Sunday Mass is broadcast at 10:00 a.m.
For information from the State of Delaware, click here.
For information from the State of Maryland, click here.
Visit this page often for updates.