From the Diocese 3/17/20

From the Bishop’s Desk: 3-17-20

The Centers for Disease Control has given the recommendation to avoid social gatherings of 10 persons or more. For this reason, and to promote the health and safety of all, including clergy who must continue to attend to the spiritual needs of God’s people, we are implementing the following until further notice.

All public Masses are suspended. This ruling is in effect until further notice.
The parish’s Mass intentions must be satisfied. Mass must be celebrated privately.
The suspension includes devotions or other services which have the potential of drawing together crowds of people.
There should be no Communion Services or other types of gatherings such as communal recitation of the Rosary, which could gather crowds.
As there will be no Masses celebrated publicly on Palm Sunday, the Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly. The Bishop will celebrate the Mass from the Cathedral and the oils will be available for distribution at designated sites around the diocese.
Holy Week Services and Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly in the parishes. There are NOT to be any public celebrations, even outside.
Easter sacraments for RCIA candidates and catechumens are to be postponed.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated by the Bishop in the Cathedral without a congregation and will be broadcast for the benefit of the faithful in their homes.
Also cancelled is the scheduled Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
Let us continue to pray for healing, strength and courage as we continue to serve God’s people in Brooklyn and Queens during this crisis. May Our Lady intercede for us.