COVID -19 UPDATES
Please follow the COVID -19 Protocall for the funeral services avoiding groups of more than ten (10).
Avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequently washing hands with soap and water;
not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and practicing good respiratory hygiene.
Mode of transmission:
Human-to-human transmission via respiratory droplets
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Wednesday March 25, 2020
Governor Charlie Baker announced that he was extending the statewide shutdown
of schools-both public and private- and non-emergency childcare programs
Monday, May 4, 2020
March 15, 2020
Following the most recent public announcements from the CDC and Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts,
regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 and its implications on our health and public safety. Our Governor is restricting
gatherings to 25 people. Private funerals and private religious rites are allowed at this time following the restrictions, protocol and prevention tips..
Effective Monday, March 23rd funeral Masses and other forms of funeral services at our churches are suspended in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Massachusetts National Cemetery
New Procedures at VA National Cemeteries due to COVID-19
All Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals. However, the National Cemetery Administration is continuing to adjust its services in light of the best practices urged by the CDC in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Starting March 23, 2020,
As a matter of public health and safety, committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors,
whether by military personnel or volunteer organizations, will not be conducted until further notice at VA National Cemeteries.
Immediate family members (limited to no more than 10 individuals) of the deceased may choose to witness the interment if desired.
There is no service involved with witnessing an interment.
Families will be able to view the interment of their loved one from a safe distance.
Larger groups will be asked to reduce their numbers or be refused service.
We appreciate your continued support in communicating and reinforcing this direction.
Archdiocese of Boston
CARDINAL SEÁN PATRICK O’MALLEY, OFM CAP.
April 1, 2020
Due to the evolving public health and safety issues surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic it will be the policy of the Archdiocese until further notice that there will be no funeral Masses or services in our churches and no wake or funeral services in funeral homes with a priest or deacon present.
Graveside services with no more than ten people present with a priest or deacon presiding are allowed and encouraged.
Effective Monday, March 23rd, 2020
funeral Masses and other forms of funeral services at our churches are suspended in the Archdiocese of Boston. We recommend that the bereaved be offered the opportunity for a graveside committal service during this time and a Memorial Mass when we are able to again offer the celebration of Mass and religious services at our parishes and churches.
Thank you for your understanding of the ongoing unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 public health crisis and the importance of our doing all that is possible in support of the health and well being of the people we serve and the wider community.
Statement of Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Suspending
the Celebration of Masses in the Fall River Diocese
March 16, 2020
Out of concern for the health and well-being of all who reside in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands and in response to the direction of public officials, I am suspending all public Masses and other liturgical services in the Diocese of Fall River.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and continuing until further notice.
This includes Masses of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. At the same time, I am issuing a dispensation
from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to all Catholics of the Diocese.
Exceptions are granted for the celebration of weddings and funerals, but attendance must be limited to immediate family members only, not to exceed 10 persons. Every effort must be made to follow precautions already announced in previous communications from the Diocese along with recommendations of public health office.
Town of Wareham
Please visit the town website.