Masses Canceled in Archdiocese, Churches Remain Open for Private Prayer


In light of the continued concern surrounding the coronavirus, and the advice of medical experts, all Masses in the Archdiocese of New York have been canceled since the weekend of March 14-15. Churches, however, remain open for private prayer. 

The decision is also intended to provide clarity and consistency throughout the 10 counties that comprise the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess).  

A private Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will be available on many cable systems via the Catholic Faith Network and its website at, livestreamed on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral website at, and broadcast on radio on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM (Channel 129).



Catholic Elementary Schools

Extend Closure to April 20

Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York will remain closed through Monday, April 20, said Michael J. Deegan, superintendent of schools in the archdiocese.

The March 16 announcement extended school closings for archdiocesan elementary schools. In response to the coronavirus, an earlier decision canceled classes in the archdiocese from March 16 to 20.

Last week, principals and teachers at Catholic elementary schools in the archdiocese prepared educational materials to engage students in a week of home-based learning activities. The extended closure requires that the archdiocesan system’s professional educators, under the guidance of their regional superintendents, continue to plan for a long-term, home-based learning experience, including the same religious, values-infused curriculum taught throughout the year.

Breakfast and lunch pickup sites for New York City and counties outside New York City are available via the website below. All students are eligible for meals at all locations according to New York State law.

During the coronavirus outbreak, certain Internet providers are offering students free internet service to supplement at-home learning while schools are closed. Those providers are listed on the website below.



Sheen Center Suspends March Programming

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in lower Manhattan has suspended programming and will be closed to the public through the end of the month due to the health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus, the center announced.

Refunds will be made available for individuals with tickets for events from March 13 to 31. Information:


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