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
Governor Charlie Baker announced
AUGUST 7, 2020
Archdiocese of Boston
CARDINAL SEÁN PATRICK O’MALLEY, OFM CAP.
The guidance, established by a working committee of priests, deacons and laity accompanies the decision today that parishes can resume Mass as of Saturday, May 23. Strict guidelines require that no more than 40% of the Church capacity can be in attendance, social distancing must be followed for pews and restrictions for the safe distribution of Communion must be in place. Weddings and funerals may proceed but with the similar restrictions.
As stated in the Archdiocesan document released today, “If a parish within the Archdiocese of Boston, after careful and deliberate preparation, considers that they are able to meet all of the State, Municipal, and Archdiocesan guidelines, they may request permission from their Regional Bishop or Episcopal Vicar to begin Masses as early as Saturday evening, May 23. Many, or even most, parishes may well need more time to prepare, and may choose Sunday, May 31 (the Feast of Pentecost), as the date for their reopening. Parishes should not resume Masses before they are ready, and the decision to delay the resumption of Masses until May 31 may very well be the best decision for a parish. No matter what the start date, no parish should have Mass unless they can do it safely, and in compliance with the guidelines.”
The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future. Cardinal Seán strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicating physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes, on their parish’s social media or on Catholic
Statement of Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.,
As announced last week, churches in the Fall River Diocese will reopen for public Masses this weekend,
beginning with Vigil Masses on Saturday, May 30th.
Most parishes will be resuming Masses with a modified schedule. Those considering attending Mass this weekend are strongly advised to visit their parish website, check parish social media channels, or contact the parish office for important information on the resumption of Masses specific to their parish.
Strict guidelines require that no more than 40% of the Church capacity can be in attendance, social distancing must be followed for pews and restrictions for the safe distribution of Communion must be in place. Weddings and funerals may proceed but with the similar restrictions.
Massachusetts National Cemetery
New Procedures at VA National Cemeteries due to COVID-19
June 9, 2020
Committal services, which had been discontinued on March 23, will resume starting June 9 in all but two cemeteries.
Families with interments scheduled on or after June 9 will be offered the option of a committal service at the time of interment.
To ensure the safety of our visitors and employees, all attendees are required to follow these safety measures:
Limit the Number of Attendees: Families must abide by cemetery limits on the number of individuals attending the committal service.
The number of attendees permitted at committal service will vary based on state and
local guidelines for gathering sizes and the ability of the cemetery
to accommodate attendees while maintaining physical distancing,
but nowhere will the number permitted to attend be fewer than 10.
Cemetery team members, funeral home personnel, and military honors providers do not count toward the limited number of attendees.
Families and Funeral home directors should contact the local cemetery for more details regarding the exact number of attendees permitted at the cemetery.
Wear Face Masks:
All family members, attendees, funeral home personnel, military honor providers, and cemetery staff must wear a face mask or covering.
Maintain Physical Distancing: A least 6 feet of distance must be maintained between individuals.
People living together in the same household do not need to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.
Stay Home if you are Sick:
Individuals who are sick or not feeling well should not attend the service.
Families wishing to display floral arrangements on stands at the committal service may do so,
all handling, placement and removal of the arrangements must be done by funeral home personnel or the family.
Floral arrangements will not be transported by cemetery personnel to the gravesite at the time of interment.
Families wishing to place a floral arrangement(s) (limit 2) may do so after 4:30 p.m. on the day of interment or any time thereafter.
As a reminder, cemeteries will not accept floral arrangements for direct interments,
though families or funeral homes are free to place these after 4:30 in the day of interment or any time thereafter.
Funeral home personnel, families and visitors should be aware that some buildings, such as Public Information Centers, Administrative Buildings, and chapels remain closed to the public. Contact your local cemetery for specific information.
Military funeral honors, customarily provided by
the Department of Defense and volunteer honor guards, will be based on local availability.
Funeral home directors are encouraged to contact military funeral honors providers to determine services and availability.
Military honors personnel will be required to wear a face mask and maintain physical distancing.