SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday marked the second Easter during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many it was the first time celebrating the day in-person since 2019.
In Springfield some parishioners were looking forward to attending morning mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral.
22News spoke with one parishioner who said that Easter reminds her to always keep the faith. Bishop William Byrne says despite the change in scenery this year, Easter is still able to be celebrated.
“I have been catholic from birth. You know if you are stressed, you go to church. You say your prayers. Church means a whole lot to me. It’s a big part of my life.” Diana Nurse, Springfield
“God doesn’t need church to find you. So open your hearts and open your minds to his presence. Allow your Easter experience to happen in your own private way.” Bishop William Byrne, Diocese of Springfield
COVIS-19 protocols meant that Easter celebrations still looked a little different this year. Places of worship can only have 50% capacity with strict social distancing is in place. People still have the option to watch services from home.