COVID-19 - Maryland Catholic Conference


Catholic Charities food drive May 2020

Photo: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington | Hyattsville, MD


This page offers links for living our faith, helping others, seeking assistance, and accessing accurate health and government guidance during the COVID-19 crisis. 

We thank the Catholic parishes, schools, hospitals, Catholic Charities, nursing homes, food programs, health care ministries, and the 1 million+ Maryland Catholics who are helping communities and neighbors across our state every day!

Public Masses

While churches mostly have reopened, please check with your parish before showing up and review information provided by your (arch)diocese regarding guidelines (see links below). If you have not signed up for Flocknote, MyParishApp or other communications your parish may offer, please consider doing so to get updated information.

The dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person remains in place throughout Maryland (please participate by watching Mass on TV or online) during this time of transition. 

Catholic Resources

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archdiocese of Washington

Diocese of Wilmington

National and Vatican Websites

Blessing in Time of Pandemic

Catholic Health Care in Maryland 

Please also check parish websites and social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, for updates from the (arch)dioceses, parishes, and Maryland Catholic Conference (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram).

Ways to Give

The needs are great as demand for food, emergency assistance, health care, diapers, shelter and more has grown during the pandemic. Parishes are struggling to keep the lights on while providing in-person and virtual Masses and activities, pastoral care, and respond to practical needs of parishioners and the community. Catholic schools and teachers also are facing many challenges as they continue to provide an excellent education. 

Please keep these needs in prayer - and donate to your parish and other ministries, if you can, using the links above. Check with your parish, school or Catholic Charities to see how you can volunteer. While the needs are great, health concerns and social distancing mean our parishes and ministries may need to adjust how they provide services.

Pregnancy Support

  • Gabriel Network
  • OptionLine: Visit the website, call 800-712-HELP or text “HELPLINE” to 313131 for confidential assistance 

Government COVID-19 Resource Pages