COVID-19 & Mass Information

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May 29, 2021:  The State of Massachusetts issued new protocols that go into place on May 29, the following guidance is issued for the parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston

May 14, 2021:  Masks, Social Distancing, and Disinfecting in Light of the new CDC Guidance and the State of Massachusetts Response

May 13, 2021:                                                                                                            Emergency COVID special collection for the Church in India and Brazil

April 1, 2021:  Weekly COVID Report

February 25, 2021, Governor Baker issued Order No. 65 (

CLICK HERE for Fr. John's  "COVID Ten Commandments"


  • Please Register for Mass by 12PM of each week. Due to social distancing guidelines - ALL must register to attend either through SIGNUP GENIUS (Listed on the Side Bar) or by calling St. Johns Parish (for either church) at 978.531.0002.   Please do not email or text a staff member asking to be added to the list.  Signup is by Signup Genius or Call ONLY. 
  • You must note your full name and the number attending from your family.
  • Parishioners will enter the church via one door at the main entrance.
  • Parishioners are REQUIRED to wear masks, follow the directional markers and sit in premarked locations only.
  • Parishioners must retain 6-foot social distancing at all times.  Families should reside together.
  • Volunteers will be present to assist with adherence to guidelines.
  • There will be limited active Mass participation.
  • Specific instructions regarding the reception of Communion will be provided at Mass. 
  • The holy water fonts will be empty, there will be no Sign of Peace offered, the Precious Blood will not be made available at Communion, and the Sacred Host can only be received in the hand.
  • Parishioners are recommended to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Restrooms will be available and will be cleaned after each Mass.
  • Churches will be cleaned after each Mass.
  • Cardinal Sean strongly encourages people in vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and those with complicated physical conditions, to continue to watch Mass from their homes.
  • if you are feeling sick, are exhibiting any of the following symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), or have potentially been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, then you should stay at home.
  • Live Masses will continue for the foreseeable future.
  • We have been working as quickly as we can to reopen our churches safely and follow all the State requirements and Archdiocesan guidelines. Check ou5 the website often for the latest updates.

September 22, 2020  Current protocols for Parishes Archdiocese of Boston 

August 2020 Update



Since the city of Salem has been designated as a "hot spot" for covid infections, (that is, increased, above average incidents of positive tests) we will need to check the temperature of every person who comes to Mass either at Saint Thomas or Saint John Church. We use a temperature scanner which can read a person's temperature from a distance. We will begin doing this to all who come to either church since we have parishioners from Salem in both parishes and we believe this is a reasonable safety measure. We have been using temperature scanners for our priests and volunteers who serve as safety guides.


Saint Thomas Parish received a report that someone who attended last Sunday’s (August 9th )10:00AM Mass at Saint Thomas was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19. We have personally contacted those who were in the immediate vicinity of this person at that Mass. As our Archdiocese requires, we have contacted the Salem Board of Health and our Archdiocese Covid office. The church has been cleaned thoroughly.

Because we are wearing masks and social distancing, it is unlikely that merely being in the church at the same time as this individual who got sick would constitute “close contact.” Nevertheless, it is better to err on the side of caution. So these are steps we take and urge others to follow:

1. We are contacting as best we can (blast email, announcement at Mass, website) those who were at the Mass. At the very least, parishioners who attended this Mass should monitor their own health, and if they show any symptoms, contact their own physicians

2. Because some people who have been exposed to the virus may contract the illness but not show symptoms, they are urged at the very least to notify their physician that a possible exposure has occurred.

3. Because we are all sitting apart from others and wearing masks at all times, our contact or risk in contracting the virus is minimal.

Thank you for continuing to be vigilant about the importance of social distancing and wearing your mask at all times.






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