Updates regarding Masks from the Diocese of Syracuse- Bishop Lucia

Update: February 9, 2022

In keeping with the expiration of the mask mandate in most public places in New York State, the Diocese of Syracuse will no longer mandate that masks be worn in diocesan churches and offices, effective February 10. The Diocese of Syracuse will continue to follow the mask requirements for schools. Although not mandated, the faithful are more than welcome to wear masks out of concern for the health and safety of others. It is necessary that all non vaccinated individuals continue to wear a mask in offices and churches.

Update: January 25, 2022

The Diocese of Syracuse will continue the policy to wear masks in all indoor settings, including Mass, schools and offices. Yesterday's news in Nassau County does not pertain to the Diocese of Syracuse. Bishop Lucia believes it is in the best interest to continue the wearing of masks for the protection of all.

Update: December 31, 2021

The Mask mandate referred to in the December 10, 2021 Update is now extended to February 1, 2022. 


Please note: The mandate requires that masks are to be worn inside all public places by those vaccinated and unvaccinated. Choirs should also be masked. Cantors can sing unmasked if they are spaced away from the congregation and are alone at a cantor stand.

Update: December 10, 2021

New York Governor Reinstates Mask Mandate.

New York State has instituted a mask mandate in all public places effective December 13 to January 15.  It is being done as a safety precaution and out of the utmost concern for one’s neighbor. Bishop Lucia expects that all parishes in the Diocese of Syracuse will cooperate with this important public health matter and comply with the mask mandate.  Please announce this protocol to your parishioners this weekend; it is suggested to have some masks on hand for those who may not be equipped.  Thank you.

Bishop Lucia Letters, please click on individual link below:

Each year, the Pope designates the month of October as World Mission Month and the next-to-last Sunday in October as World Mission Sunday. On that Sunday, Catholics are united in celebration of our common vocation to mission, focusing on the Pope’s missions around the world and the missionaries who dedicate themselves to their service.

During this unique time, the Church draws together to support, in prayer and through financial help, the proclamation of the Gospel; vocations to the priesthood and religious life; the building of churches and chapels; and the efforts of priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay pastoral leaders as they help the poor, the hungry, and seek the spiritually abandoned.

This year, World Mission Sunday is October 24; however, the entire month is devoted to learning more about the Pope’s missions and supporting their success through prayer and donations.

Bishop Lucia Letter- July 2, 2021: