Mandates And Directives-ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS

Updated February 25, 2021

Any questions regarding mandates and directives included on this page should be directed to [email protected].

During this challenging time, we turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother in prayer, especially for those who are sick or vulnerable, and for those who care for them. As faithful, we are called to encourage our community to pray. We can do so by implementing and sharing the prayer that the USCCB provided regarding COVID-19.

Parishes within the Archdiocese of St. Louis are permitted to celebrate public Mass at the discretion of the parish pastor, and are to adhere to the policies and guidelines in the links below. 

Masks are required for entry into archdiocesan parishes and must be worn during the entirety of the Mass except at the moment of receiving Holy Communion. Additionally, while different counties have different guidelines and mandates regarding social gatherings and capacity restrictions, the Archdiocese of St. Louis strongly urges all pastors to implement measures that will ensure the safest possible environment for their parish community--regardless of the county. At a minimum, schools/parishes should follow the guidelines provided by the appropriate county health officials in these specific matters. However, further restrictions or more cautious protocols should be implemented as warranted by any given situation. 

Collaboration with the archdiocesan Presbyteral (Priests) Council, the Missouri bishops and civil authorities will continue with decisions subject to change based on any new data provided by health officials. 

The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place for all Catholics of the archdiocese until further notice, as many individuals continue to have concerns for the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones. 

Caring for both our physical and spiritual health go hand-in-hand, and the health, safety and overall well-being of the people of the archdiocese is Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski's first priority.

Please review new details and guidelines below, to be implemented immediately and maintained until further notice pending updates.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Positive Diagnosis

In order to keep our parish communities safe, if you or a loved one is diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), please do not enter your parish grounds and contact your pastor immediately. Pastors have been directed to follow protocols set forth by their local health departments and the CDC upon receiving this information.