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Father Ryan offers an overview of changes to the celebration of Mass during the coronavirus pandemic


Holy Family December 26-27

Saturday, December 26 at 5:30pm
Sunday, December 27 at 8:00am
Sunday, December 27 at 10:00am
Sunday, December 27 at 12 Noon

Mary, Mother of God | December 31-January 1

Thursday, December 31 at 5:30pm
Friday, January 1, 2021 at 8:00am
Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10:00am

The 8:00am and 10:00am Masses continue to be livesteamed


Because of the ongoing pandemic, the gathering is limited to 200 persons and registration is required. We have put many precautions in place to make sure the celebration is safe and comfortable. This is not business as usual! The following are important important instructions for those who wish to take part in Mass. Please read these instructions before registering for Mass.

  •  Registration is required to attend the Mass, and each person will be checked in as they arrive. The Archdiocese of Seattle has mandated registration both to limit the numbers in attendance and to provide for contact tracing should we learn that anyone present has been exposed to Covid-19. We are required to keep records of all in attendance for 14 days, after which they will be destroyed.
  •  Masks/face coverings must be worn throughout the Mass except when receiving Holy Communion.  For your safety and that of others, face masks are not optional.
  • On arriving at the Cathedral, you will be greeted by staff who will check you in and show you your place for the Mass. You will not be able to choose your own place to sit. However, household groups will remain together. Please be patient and understanding with our volunteers as they seat you. For your safety and that of others, you are asked to remain in your seat once you have been seated and not to move about the Cathedral.

You will notice a number of changes to the Mass. All these changes are designed to ensure our safety as we gather together for Mass:

  • The Sign of Peace will not be shared, and Communion will not be offered from the cup.
  • Communion will be given only in the hand, not on the tongue.
  • Because we are not able to gather or socialize following Mass, we ask that you depart quietly after the celebration.
  • Please dress warmly; in order to assure air flow in the Cathedral, some doors will be kept open during Mass.

Please remember that there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass at this time. Particularly vulnerable persons are strongly encouraged to continue to shelter in place. Anyone who is experiencing any symptoms whatsoever, such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, MUST remain at home out of consideration for the health and well being of others.



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804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, Washington  98104
Phone 206.622.3559  Fax 206.622.5303