BOSTON (CBS) – The coronavirus pandemic has forced Catholics to make some major changes during Holy Week.
In the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley held Palm Sunday Mass inside an empty Cathedral of the Holy Cross, but the service was still broadcast on CatholicTV.READ MORE: 'It Was My Dream': Bill Shields Retires After 41 Years At WBZ
All Holy Week events can be seen online at CatholicTV.org. Many local parishes are also streaming their own Holy Week masses online.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Ready To Go For Those Eligible In Massachusetts
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said as a Catholic he understands how difficult it is as we approach Easter Sunday, but he said, while we need prayers right now, we do not need large gatherings anywhere.
“Absolutely under no circumstances should any house of worship be open next Sunday at all,” Walsh said Sunday.MORE NEWS: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
The Boston Archdiocese has also asked all parishes to toll their bells in unison at noon on Easter.