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Coronavirus Information and Resources

The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines relating to mask wearing.


Information for the Faithful

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation for all the faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond ceased effective June 26, 2021. At that time, the dispensation was lifted and the obligation to attend Mass was in effect. The decision to remove the dispensation was made by the archbishops of Baltimore and Washington, and by the bishops of Arlington, Richmond, Wheeling-Charleston and Wilmington for their (arch)dioceses.

This obligation does not apply to those who have reason to believe that they were recently exposed to the coronavirus, another serious or contagious illness; those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility; or those with serious underlying health conditions.

Mass celebrated by Bishop Knestout will continue to be livestreamed from the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on diocesan communication platforms Sundays at 9 a.m.

Those with questions regarding the lifting of the dispensation should contact their pastors.


Returning to Mass Guidelines

Per the (CDC), fully-vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks and persons not wearing a mask shall not be required to produce documentation that they are fully-vaccinated or that they have an underlying medical condition.

Unvaccinated individuals, to include ages 5 and older, should cover their nose and mouth when present for any Mass or liturgical celebration.

View the most recent guidelines for returning to Mass by clicking here.


Diocesan Facilities

Most parishes are open for Masses on Sundays and Holy Days. Additionally, most parishes are open on a normal schedule for private prayer, individual meetings for pastoral care and reconciliation with a priest, some gatherings and meetings, and social ministry efforts with restrictions. Contact your local parish for specific details.


Diocesan Schools

In early June 2020, the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) established a “Reopening Our Schools Team” to assist and provide guidance to diocesan school leadership with reviewing and planning for the reopening of schools for the Fall 2020-2021 school year. The team constituted of teachers, principals, parents, school nurses and other diocesan personnel.

Classes began the week of August 24 and the school year ended June 3, 2021. The CDC is to release guidelines for schools for the 2021-2022 school year in the very near future.


Diocesan Programs and Campus Ministry Programs follow CDC guidelines relating to mask wearing.

Coronavirus Prayer Card from USCCB (En español)

Daily Readings from USCCB (En español)

Spiritual Communion Prayer Card