Archdiocesan COVID-19 Updates

Here, you’ll find the latest information on how the Archdiocese of San Francisco is responding to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic.


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, in union with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Pope Francis, encourages the Faithful to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.  The Archbishop also urges you to join him in a letter writing campaign addressed to specific pharmaceutical companies urging them to develop vaccines that do not rely on cell lines derived from aborted children.

You can get clear answers to what the Catholic Church teaches on the morality of vaccinations by reading this Frequently Asked Questions page on Vaccine Mandates.  Below you will find the latest updates on the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s response to COVID-19.

The Latest:

Feeding the birds with children
The first time I took my kids out to hand-feed wild birds, it didn’t go well.. I had hit upon the activity out of desperation at the beginning of spring… Read More
Everyone Should Oppose These California Vaccine Mandate Bills
This is not a piece about the ethics of aborted-fetal-cell-derived vaccines. You’ve no doubt read enough of those. It’s not a piece about COVID-19 vaccines or vaccines in general. Again,… Read More
California Catholic Conference
California lifts school mask mandate
Today, the Newsom Administration announced the state’s requirement for masking in schools will expire on Friday, March 11, allowing students, regardless of vaccination status, to be without a face mask… Read More
Masks no longer mandated for Mass
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in a memo to priests dated Feb. 15 said that masks are no longer mandated for church although signs recommending masks should be posted at the… Read More
Memo from the Archbishop regarding reopening for public Masses, Ash Wednesday Protection of the Blessed Sacrament
With the state of California loosening its COVID restriction policies, it seems timely that we do the same for the Archdiocese, especially with regard to mask mandates. After discussing this… Read More
Vaccine Mandates FAQ
Read clear answers to your questions about the morality of the COVID-19 vaccines
Letters and Statements
Statement regarding Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine
“The increased availability of Covid-19 vaccines is already having a welcome effect in reducing the spread of this virus. I encourage everyone to be vaccinated in consultation with their physician.… Read More
California Catholic Conference
California Catholic Conference, Catholic Health Care Ministries and Catholic Charities Support COVID-19 Vaccinations
The California Catholic Conference[i] affirms that the imminent Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable and commits to working closely with Catholic health care ministries and Catholic Charities to: Promote… Read More
Re-opening For Public Masses
TO: Priests in the Archdiocese FROM: Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone,Archbishop of San Francisco DATE: June 14, 2021 RE: Reopening for public Masses, part 13  As the state of California is now lifting… Read More
Mass Re-opening Guide Video
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s letter to the priests of the Archdiocese on February 8, 2020, regarding the reopening of public Masses: As you all know by now, last Friday the Supreme Court… Read More