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Due to growing concerns and medical advice related to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in social settings, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced that all regularly scheduled public Masses in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany — except weddings and funerals — will be canceled until further notice. Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer, pending further regulations.
The Catholic School Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany announced today that all Catholic schools in the Diocese will be closed next week from Monday, March 16, 2020, to Friday, March 20, 2020, out of an abundance of caution in response to the spread of COVID-19.
In light of the serious health risks to vulnerable populations due to the spread of the Coronavirus, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has temporarily dispensed with the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.
Given the recent actions and statements by government and medical authorities and, additionally, the increase in the number of cases in New York State, including cases within the Diocese and nearby areas, the Diocese is transitioning toward Stage 2 of its recommended guidelines.
In order to address concerns related to the Coronavirus and any potential for it to spread via liturgical celebrations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has issued guidelines for parishes and local Catholics.
Nancy Spadaro Bielawa, a seasoned fundraising and development professional known for her work at Siena College, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and The Albany Academies, has been appointed Executive Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.