Re-Opening the Cathedral

of the
Holy Cross

Boston . Massachusetts

Reopening the Cathedral

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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is able to welcome the faithful back to celebrate Holy Mass and the sacraments in person under the current guidelines and with certain precautions in place.

Masses open to the public will be celebrated at the Cathedral at these times:

  • Anticipated Mass on Saturday in English: 4:30 p.m
  • Sunday Mass in Spanish: 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass): 10 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Sunday Mass in English: 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Mass in Alexandrian Ge’ez Rite: 1 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel
  • Daily Mass in English: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m. in the Main Cathedral
  • Daily Mass in Spanish: Tuesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Reservations Required to Attend Mass

Those wishing to attend Mass at the Cathedral must register online in advance to make a reservation. Make your Mass reservation online here via Eventbrite.

Those without Internet access will be able to reserve a spot by calling the parish office at 617-542-5682.

In order to attend, please help us stay open for all by observing these precautions:

  • Who should attend or stay home: If you have symptoms of being sick, have or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, of you recently traveled out-of-state, or if you are a member of a vulnerable population, we ask that you please stay home. You may still celebrate Mass with us virtually ”we will continue to air daily and Sunday Masses in multiple ways. See our Mass Times page for details.
  • Face Masks Required: Masks that cover the mouth and nose will be required to be worn by all, except for brief removal for the reception of Holy Communion. Please bring your mask; we do not have supplies to provide them.
  • Social Distancing: We will block off seating in ways to ensure that you are seated more than 6 feet from people who are not in your household. All aisles will be one way only. Entrance can only be made from the main Washington Street doors. The north and south transept doors will be exit only.
  • Liturgical Changes: Per archdiocesan directives, there will be no congregational singing or worship aids. Sacred music will be sung by a cantor and an instrumentalist. There will be no exchange of the sign of peace. Holy water fonts will be dry.
  • Holy Communion: Specific guidelines will be given at Mass for those who wish to receive Holy Communion. Hand sanitizing stations will be available just prior to receiving. The priest will use gloves and a mask. Lines will be spaced apart.

Masses at the Cathedral will continue to be livestreamed online daily and through CatholicTV and WLVI as detailed on our Mass Times page. All those in vulnerable populations and all those who are experiencing any symptoms of, or who may have been exposed to, COVID-19 are respectfully asked to remain home and continue to join us virtually. The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will continue for the foreseeable future.

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Cathedral remains open every day for individual, private prayer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a maximum capacity of 10 people.

If you have questions, please call the Cathedral of the Holy Cross office at 617-542-5682 or email us at