COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that presents with the same general symptoms as the common cold or the influenza infections that we commonly experience. Should you have questions about an illness you are, or someone you know is, experiencing, we encourage you first to contact your own health provider, and follow the usual practices of good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing (using hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol when soap and water are unavailable); protecting your coughs and sneezes with tissues disposed of immediately, or coughing into your elbow if tissues are not available; cleaning and disinfecting commonly used surfaces often; avoiding contact with people who are ill, if possible; and following other healthy practices of good diet, sleep and exercise.

The Archdiocese of Boston issued Guidance and Directives on March 12, 2020.

The RCAB Pastoral Center has set up a link for questions, concerns or guidance for you as you work with parishes, schools and ministries. The email is

For further information, we suggest that you frequently consult the three websites where up-to-the-minute authoritative information is readily available:

Centers for Disease Control

MA Department of Public Health

Boston Children’s Hospital