The Catholic Free Press- Last Weekend Masses Before Suspension

March 16, 2020

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press

Diocese of Worcester Responds to the Coronavirus

March 16, 2020

WORCESTER -- In cooperation with Governor Baker's announcements yesterday, the Diocese of Worcester has issued the following statement by Bishop McManus.

Diocese of Fall River Responds to the Coronavirus

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.

Archdiocese Cancels Masses- Closes Schools Due to Coronavirus

BRAINTREE — In response to concerns of the public and government officials, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley has decided to cancel all public Masses and religious services in the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice. Earlier, the archdiocese ordered all Catholic schools closed from March 16 to 27 and suspended all religious formation until further notice.

COVID-19 - Message from the Cardinal Regarding Public Masses, Dispensation from Mass Obligation

Good afternoon,

Following Governor Baker’s Emergency Order concerning the Commonwealth’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Cardinal O’Malley has established the following policies for the Archdiocese of Boston effective immediately:

Year of the Eucharist

Cardinal Seán O’Malley is declaring a Year of the Eucharist for the Archdiocese of Boston! The year will officially begin on Holy Thursday 2020 and end on the Feast of Corpus Christi 2021.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo and Appoints the Bishop of Albany as Apostolic Administrator

December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Buffalo and has appointed Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany as the Apostolic Administrator of Buffalo to serve until the installation of a new bishop.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2019, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.