Pope Grants Plenary Indulgences
Today, Pope Francis issued a decree granting indulgences for people with COVID-19, for those who care for them, including medical staff and family members, and for those who pray for them. Read the decree from Pope Francis here.
Check on Your Parishioners
We must stay present for our parishioners, even when we’re physically distanced from them. Please be sure your parishioners know how to stay connected to you and each other. Here are some recommendations:
We have a crew of people ready to support you with pastoral calls. If you need help in reaching your parishioners, please reach out to Erica Cohen in Pastoral Care at email@example.com, 206-909-5330.
- Publicize when your church is open and when Masses will be live streamed.
- Make it clear who to contact if parishioners need support – prayers, food, a listening ear. Share the number on your website and via email newsletter.
- Consider creating a volunteer opportunity for people who wish to call individual parishioners to check on them. This is also a great opportunity to connect with all parishioners especially those who are inactive, fallen-away, or may have needs of which you currently unaware.
The Archbishop is committed to continuing to pay employees their regular salary (and benefits) whether or not their job lends itself to working remotely. If any employment changes are needed for employees, please be sure to contact Human Resources first at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have concerns about your parish office operations, please reach out to Scott Bader at email@example.com.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to work from home, we want to make sure that all payroll administrators have secure, remote access to their work computers, given the sensitivity of the information. If you do not currently have access to your work email from your home computer, the Chancery can temporarily set up remote email access for you. To request this, please reach out to Payroll Services at
PayrollServices@seattlearch.org or leave a voice mail at 206-274-7662.
After a verification process, an email account will be set up for you.
All employees have the ability to do their UltiPro time remotely. Read here for detailed instructions, or simply access UltiPro online here.
It is possible to access your PDS system through a Remote Desktop Service or VPN product on a work or home computer. Many parishes are already set up to access PDS this way (through Pro version of Windows Operating System).
If you need to purchase a remote desktop software solution, here are three potential options, which will give you access to your work desktop, while you’re working from home:
If you have questions about this, please reach out to Bryan Gummersall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Washington State Department of Health
New guidance was issued around childcare that we’d like to share with you since many of our schools and parish operate day care and preschools. Please read guidance here.
Free Access to FORMED
While many parishes already have a subscription to FORMED, for the next 40 days, FORMED is available free of charge to everyone in the Archdiocese of Seattle through this link. FORMED also offers a range of content specifically for parish leaders regarding key subject matter here.
Recap of Webinar with Priests
Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar for priests, deacons and pastoral coordinators. If you’d like to listen to the webinar please click here. Or, if you’d like to review the Q&A, please click here.
Prenger Webinar on “Social Media and Communication”
Last week, Prenger Solutions hosted a fantastic webinar on running a parish during this outbreak. They are hosting a follow-up webinar next Tuesday, March 24 at 9 am PT. If you would like to register for next week’s webinar, please click here.
Update on Funerals
Many of you may have seen today’s news about the Governor’s current directives related to group gatherings – including funerals. We have confirmed with the Governor’s office that small private funerals that observe social distancing and follow the sanitation measures as directed by the CDC and State Health are allowed. Therefore, we still uphold our funeral guidance:
There are pastoral urgencies concerning the need to pray for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed and to console their families. We will allow priests to celebrate a funeral Mass with immediate family only. The requirements must be strictly observed for this pastoral exception to take place. Pastors are encouraged to schedule a larger memorial Mass after the current crisis passes so that extended family, friends, and parishioners can console one another and continue their prayer for the peaceful repose of the departed loved one. Please note that Associated Catholic Cemeteries is operating under a “delivery only” model and is not allowed to hold grave side events at this time.