Holy Communion Distribution

Holy Communion will be distributed after the 9:00 AM live-streaming Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica. You are welcome to join us between 10:30 AM to 12 Noon to receive Holy Communion, after participating in the live-streaming Mass. Holy Communion will not be distributed after these hours.

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to 12 Noon
Location: St. Mary’s Basilica – 231 N. 3rd Street / Phoenix, AZ 85004
View Live-Streaming 9 AM Mass: https://www.facebook.com/SMBasilica/
Instructions for Distribution: Holy Communion Distribution


Park in the diocesan garage.
Located on 5th Street between Van Buren Street and Monroe Street.

Upon leaving your vehicle wear a face mask / covering.

Proceed to the outdoor plaza and follow the line, outlined with cones.

Please maintain social distancing.
(6 feet apart between you and the next person / family in line.)

You will enter through the East Side (Ramp) Door.

Sanitize your hands with hand sanitizer provided by the Basilica.

Receive Holy Communion.

The Diocese of Phoenix has requested that communicants receive Holy Communion on the hand as the virus is spread through saliva.

Exit out the West Side (Ramp) Door or the Main Doors.

Please maintain social distancing as you leave the Church.
Please do not use this time to socialize.

Return to the diocesan garage.

Depart to create space for the next group of people to arrive.

Additional Notes:

The Sunday Mass obligation is dispensed by Bishop Olmsted for all Catholics residing in or visiting the Diocese of Phoenix. There is no obligation to receive Holy Communion this Sunday.

The Diocese of Phoenix encourage the following to stay home:

  • Those who are feeling sick or have a fever.
  • You have a sick family member at home or have been recently exposed to someone who may be sick.
  • You are a primary caretaker of a vulnerable person.
  • You have been traveling or in large crowds.
  • You are at risk because of preexisting conditions or age.
  • Those considered high risk due to age or chronic health conditions.

Be Healthy
Public places on parish campuses are frequently cleaned and sanitized. These are precautionary measures but the risk of coming into contact with the virus remains. It is important for individuals and families to take personal responsibility to protect themselves.


St. Mary’s Basilica plans to reopen for public Masses on the first weekend in June (June 6-7, 2020). Until then we will continue to live-stream the Sunday Mass at 9 AM and then invite Catholics to receive Holy Communion afterwards between 10:30 AM to 12 Noon. We will provide future guidance as the number of people in church is going to be limited based on social distancing and seating capacity. Thank you for your patience during this time and for supporting our parish as we transition to public Masses in a healthy, smart and holy way. For information on Daily Mass please visit: https://saintmarysbasilica.org/daily-holy-communion-distribution/

For More Information:

Parish Manager
Jerome Doris
Phone: 602-354-2100
Email: jdoris@smbphx.org

6 Comments on “Holy Communion Distribution

  1. Praise the Lord. Wish I could participate but I live in Michigan where Catholics are prohibited from attending Mass. We can only follow online and must do a spiritual communion. Please pray for persecuted Catholics.

  2. Many “Thank Yous” to the Franciscan friars and staff of St Mary’s Basilica for being so proactive and empathetic to the faithful with this decision and implementation. So blessed to be a part of St. Mary’s and the Franciscan tradition. Peace and all good. I look forward to passing by St. Francis in the Courtyard on my way to partaking in the Euchariatic celebration this Sunday..

  3. Thank you! Happy we can receive the Blessed Sacrament after mass. His body feeds us and gives us strength.

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