SAN FRANCISCO—Since August 15, the SF Archdiocese has been holding mass outside the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, which is the mother church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

“The Archdiocese is comprised of 90 parishes and many secondary high schools which is where the pastoral work of the Catholic Church takes place,” said Director of Communication & Media Relations, Mike Brown.

Numerous masses take place simultaneously each weekend. Each mass is composed of 12 individuals who are socially distanced and wearing masks. Keeping groups of no more than 12 people adheres to the CDC guidelines for events and gatherings.

Numerous Masses taking place in the Plaza- Photographed by Dennis Callahan

“For over four months now we have been deprived of the usual way in which we Catholics keep holy the Sabbath. As a sacramental Church, it is in our nature, indeed it is our very identity, to physically gather together to worship and share in the Eucharist. I’m sure that you, just as I, are very concerned about the long-term effects this will have on our people’s spiritual health,” said the Archbishop in a letter to his priests.

In his letter, the Archbishop continues to outline to his priests how to hold mass safely amidst a pandemic.

Removes mask while activley participating in the Holy Communion- Photographed by Dennis Callahan