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!


The re-opening schedule may be affected by factors such as local restrictions on public gatherings and individual church situations, including church size, so please check with your parish before showing up and please review information provided by your (arch)diocese regarding new guidelines (see links below).

Parishioners can expect changes, including limits on the number of people permitted at a Mass, a requirement to cover faces, to sit 6' from other family groups, how Communion is conducted, the use of recyclable worship leaflets instead of shared missals, etc. 

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


Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archdiocese of Washington

Diocese of Wilmington

National and Vatican Websites

Additional Free Spiritual Resources 

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).


Our parishes and social service ministries need spiritual, financial and pastoral support. Demand for food, emergency assistance, health care, diapers, shelter and more is growing. Parishes are struggling to keep the lights on while moving Mass and prayer online and providing pastoral and practical care, and Catholic schools and teachers are working with families to support remote learning (currently through April 24).

Please keep these needs in prayer - and please donate to your parish and other ministries, if you can, using the links above. You will find wish lists, sign-ups to help with groceries for parishioners who are homebound, and even recipes to keep the casseroles and other food going for sites such as Our Daily Bread in Baltimore.

Just 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.


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