In The Time of COVID-19
From risk prevention, to stay-at-home orders, and a return to the Eucharist; in the time of COVID's uncertainty and economic disturbances, Christians have seen the need to rely on God and hungered for his presence in the Holy Eucharist.
March 4, 2020 Initial guidance given to parishes to make small changes at Mass for public health concerns.
March 13, 2020 Those over the age of 60 are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. The Archdiocese of Seattle suspends public Mass in western Washington.
March 15, 2020 All Catholics dispensed from obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
March 17, 2020 Public Masses suspended.
March 22, 2020 Catholics in the diocese begin Sunday worship at home.
April 12, 2020 Easter Mass celebrated in empty churches and over live-stream.
April 22, 2020 Bishop Thomas Daly announces plans in development to reopen Masses in an equitable manner.
May 6, 2020 Bishop Daly encourages parishioners to advocate to the state for loosening of restrictions on public worship.
May 27, 2020 Bishop Daly announces the limited reopening of Masses.
June 14, 2020 Year of the Eucharist opens on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
June 16, 2020 Rescheduled chrism Mass with blessing of the holy oils to be used throughout the year.