Today, as we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, the ”Birthday of the Church”, we rejoice that the CDC and New York State have issued new guidelines easing some Covid restrictions that pertain to our worship. In light of this, the Archdiocese of New York has issued new directives for our churches:
Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions for Religious Services and Activities:
Because our churches are open to the public as a welcome place for people regardless of vaccination status, we welcome those who are fully vaccinated to remove their masks if they feel comfortable doing so, those who may be fully vaccinated but wish to continue to follow distancing practices and those required to wear masks and engage in physical distancing.
There are many fully vaccinated individuals who are not comfortable returning to pre-pandemic lifestyle and who wish to continue to wear masks and maintain distance even though they are vaccinated.
For the time being, we will continue our practice of physical distance seating and receiving of Communion. Our hymnal and missalette books will return in the near future.
Those who are not feeling well in any way or not comfortable in the church building should not attend Mass. We will continue to open up slowly and safely and will keep you posted as further developments are made known.
A Blessed and Happy Pentecost to all!