Coronavirus Update

The Diocese of Brooklyn has informed all Pastors, that churches may reopen for four hours a day for private prayer beginning Tuesday May 26th. Only 10 people are allowed in Church at a time. We are awaiting the proper hand sanitizing stations, and disinfectants to open. All pews will be marked with tape for the 6 feet of social distancing required. There will be no holy water in the fonts. No hymnals in the pews. No one will be permitted in church without a mask. Our Church has been sanitized, and we will be ready to open as soon as we get the proper disinfectants. Confessions will be made available in the Grotto area with 6 feet of social distancing.Both Priest and parishioner will wear mask for confessions.

FUNERALS

The directives indicated above apply for funerals as well.

Funeral services will be permitted but are to be strictly limited to 10 people. The funeral service must be the Funeral Outside of Mass (the liturgy that is used for funerals during the Paschal Triduum). Holy Communion should not be distributed at these services.

Persons attending the funeral must be seated using social distancing norms (Six [6] feet apart) except for members of the same household and everyone must wear a mask or face covering. Funerals should begin with the casket in place in front of the sanctuary and with the participants seated. There is to be no procession into or out of the church. No worship aids should be distributed or used.

BAPTISMS

Baptisms will take place with social distancing guidelines being enforced and limited to 10 or fewer participants. The water must be changed for each baptism. Baptisms can be celebrated only with prior consolation with the Office of the Chancellor.

WEDDINGS

Weddings will take place with social distancing guidelines being enforced and, at first, limited to 10 or fewer participants. Weddings should be celebrated with the Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass. No Nuptial Masses should be celebrated at this time. Holy Communion should not be distributed at this time. Weddings can be celebrated only with prior consultation with the Office of the Chancellor.

OUTDOOR SERVICES

Although the possibility for this may be limited in Brooklyn and Queens, some parishes may be capable of conducting services outdoors in parking lots or similar spaces, perhaps using a tent or having people remain in cars. Please be aware that social distancing norms and hygiene guidelines must be observed. At this point, too, please note that no gatherings of more than ten (10) persons.

Stay tuned to Facebook for more details on when we will reopen, and confession schedule.

In Christ,

Father Vincent