COVID-19 Overview

Reopening Guidelines

Useful Links

Please read in combination with the documents listed at the top of the right hand column.

PKF O’Connor Davies COVID-19 Resource Center
Current information from an accounting firm.

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
The most current version of the SBA’s ever-lengthening PPP FAQ

Diocesan Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
A PPP FAQ prepared by the chancellor of the diocese, Alice Yurke, Esq.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Links

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
The official application form for PPP loan forgiveness.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Overview (by PKF O’Connor Davies)
An overview of the PPP loan forgiveness application by an accounting firm.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application In-Depth Analysis (by PKF O’Connor Davies)
An in-depth analysis of the PPP loan forgiveness application by an accounting firm.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Guide (by Withum)
A guide to the PPP loan forgiveness application by an accounting firm.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Guide (Forbes)
A guide to the PPP loan forgiveness application from Forbes.

PPP Flexibility Act Summary (Forbes)

Please note: These links are provided as a service to our congregations. Where they lead to the websites of professional firms or publications, they do not indicate or imply the diocese’s endorsement in any way of the content to which they lead, or of the individuals or organizations that prepared them.

Have your church's outreach ministries changed
as a result of the coronavirus pandemic?

If So, Please Update or Add Your Church's Outreach Ministry Information on
the Episcopal Asset Map.

In times like these, the excellent Episcopal Asset Map provides invaluable information about the ministries and services that Episcopal churches such as yours offer to those in need.
But that information is only useful if it is accurate - and in many cases, the facts about your parish's ministries may have temporarily changed.
  • Are you open or closed?
  • If open, what are the hours of service?
  • What has changed (Takeout only, drive-through only, etc.)?
  • If you aren't open, where could someone get help?
  • How can you be reached? Add a contact person with an email address and/or a phone number that will be regularly monitored.

Latest Updates

Bishop Relaxes Restrictions for Now

November 24, 2020
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Update: In a letter later on November 24, Bishop Dietsche amended his instructions to allow greater discretion to congregations with regard to in-person worship. Read his letter here.   In a letter sent by email this morning, Bishop Dietsche celebrated the development of effective vaccines against the coronavirus before going on to say that things […]

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2021 Calculated Apportioned Share Relief Program Launched

November 11, 2020

Deadline for Application for First Quarter of 2021: December 1 Do Not Delay! As Bishop Dietsche announced November 7 in his address to Diocesan Convention, the Adjustment Board has developed a plan for providing streamlined COVID-19 related Calculated Apportioned Share relief, ranging from 5% to 25%, to congregations with annual Calculated Apportioned Shares for 2021 […]

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Bishop Stresses Need to Record Service Attendance to Facilitate Contact Tracing

July 2, 2020
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Bishop Dietsche wrote to the clergy and lay parish leaders today to add to his earlier guidance regarding reopening and stress the need to keep accurate records of attendance in order facilitate contact tracing. The full text of his message: As many of our churches prepare to resume public worship this week, or in coming […]

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PPP Deadline for Applications Extended to August 8

July 2, 2020
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The US Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the deadline for applying for Paycheck Protect Program (PPP) Loans to August 8. Approximately $130 billion remains unspent under the program. If your congregation has not yet applied for a PPP loan and is eligible, consider doing so now. Please see the right sidebar for more information […]

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Bishop Dietsche Issues Additional Reopening Guidance

June 24, 2020
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The Bishop wrote today as follows to the clergy and congregations of the diocese to offer guidance and direction regarding safe reopening of churches and the celebration of the Eucharist.   June 24, 2020 My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I write to you one week before the July 1st date at which limited resumption of […]

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Public Worship and Meetings Suspended Until July 1

Public worship and all diocesan meetings and events until July 1 are suspended, canceled, postponed or, in some cases, possibly moved to an online platform.

Bishops Staff Working from Home Until July 1

The Bishop’s staff is working from home until July 1. They are responding to emails and regularly checking voicemails.

Please click here for contact information.

No Virtual Communion

On March 27, Bishop Dietsche wrote as follows: “…a number of questions have come to me positing alternative ways in which the consecrated host might still reach the members of your congregation. Communion by mail. Drive-by communion. While well meant, these and like ideas are not possible. They fall too far outside the practices set forth in the Episcopal Church for the eucharist, and I think may also have the unintended effect of trivializing the sacrament. And they will necessarily fail in their purpose. The more we try to make things feel normal, the more isolated and lonelier we are likely to feel.

"The question has also been asked, by many, about the possibility of Virtual Communion, by which a priest might celebrate the eucharist remotely, while people at home gather before their computer screens with bread and wine. I have given this a lot of thought. I have had good well-articulated cases made to me for these services, and I am not 100% certain that this could not be done within some reasonable stretching of the canons and the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer. However, I am not at this time going to allow these services of virtual communion. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist presupposes the coming together of the people of God, and the receiving of the sacrament together; eating from the one loaf, drinking from the one cup. We sing “let us break bread together on our knees,” and the key word in that verse is “together.” We have many ways to pray within our tradition, and practices within and without our prayer book which may be done by an individual person alone. But holy communion requires the gathering of the people. "