SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Churches and houses of worship in Massachusetts will be open for in-person services for the first weekend in months.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield is allowing churches to re-open under state guidelines However, The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is holding-off on in-person services until at least the beginning of July.
Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Tom Callard told 22News that the diocese will be waiting out of an abundance of caution and want to see a longer trend of COVID-19 cases going down before they decide to open.
22News asked Callard if other churches deciding to open influenced his decision to keep his church closed.
Callard told 22News, “Churches just like people are ready to go they want to see people in person, it’s a huge part of our life as people of faith and we understand that desire. As the curve goes a little more flat, or goes out then I think it will be a little more safe for us to get together.”
Till then Callard said his church will continue to offer online services. when they do open Callard said there will be no choir and they will have a spiritual communion prayer instead of physically giving out the host.
Some churches plan to wait even longer. According to their Facebook, South Congregation Church in Springfield will be holding off on in-person worship till the end of summer.
No matter what your faith, it may be a good idea to check with your local church before you head out to worship on Saturday or Sunday.