CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – March 19, 2020

 

OFFICE OF THE VICAR GENERAL DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn,

New York 11215 718.399.5995 *FAX: 718.399.5965

 

CHURCHES: NEW MANDATES!  March 19, 2020

• Because of the ongoing danger of groups gathering and the possibility of the virus spreading in this way, we are MANDATING churches to remain closed.

THIS IS EFFECTIVE AS OF MARCH 20, 2020 at NOON.

• At this time, too, we are MANDATING parish offices to close for business in an attempt to keep people in their homes as much as possible for their own health and wellbeing.

THIS IS EFFECTIVE AS OF MARCH 20, 2020 at NOON.

• Bishop DiMarzio has granted all the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn a dispensation from the law of abstinence for the Fridays of Lent for this year. This is being done to assist people who may have difficulties in shopping for food or other reasons which would make this practice difficult at this time. Please remember that the Fridays of Lent (and indeed all year) remain days of penance and prayer and that this is needed now more than ever.

• Out of an abundance of caution especially the most vulnerable, Funerals and weddings will not be permitted in church.

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

• Catholic Charities is available for assistance, if needed. The Call Center number is 718-722-6001, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Information is available about food pantries and about mental health services. The mental health centers have the capacity to offer counseling over the phone.

 

We are all committed to serving the Faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn during this difficult time.
Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us!

 

Brooklyn Diocese Issues Update on Holy Week, Sacraments Amid Suspension of Public Masses March 18, 2020

Brooklyn Diocese Issues Update on Holy Week, Sacraments Amid Suspension of Public Masses
March 18, 2020

The Tablet Staff
Following the cancelation of all public Masses, Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has announced new additional guidelines on practicing the faith during the coronavirus outbreak in parishes throughout the Brooklyn Diocese.  “In the days and weeks ahead, let us ask God to watch over the people of our Diocese and all of His people; those who are sick, those who will fall ill, and those who are caring for them,” said Bishop DiMarzio.  In response to a government notice to avoid gatherings of 10 or more, these new guidelines are to be “implemented in the Diocese of Brooklyn effective immediately,” according to a March 18 press release from the diocese.
Earlier this month, the diocese had initially issued guidelines to parishioners to help prevent cases of coronavirus while public Masses were still being celebrated.
However, with the suspension of all public Masses in the diocese until further notice, these new guidelines extend to Holy Week, confirmations, first communions, parish services and other sacraments and activities across Brooklyn and Queens as follows:

PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK SERVICES
There will be no Masses open to the public on Palm Sunday. Priests throughout Brooklyn and Queens will bless palms and will be asked to leave them on tables in the back of the Church for pickup.
Reconciliation Monday, a special time devoted to confession at the start of Holy Week, has been canceled. However, Priests will be available for individual confessions throughout the remainder of the Lenten season and during this period of crisis.
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. Further information will be released at a later date.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Good Friday) the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, will not be celebrated publicly. A broadcast schedule of the services with no congregation, to air on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will be announced at a later date.

CONFIRMATIONS/FIRST COMMUNIONS
All Confirmations and Communions have been postponed until May 15, 2020.

MASS INTENTIONS
All intentions will be satisfied in private Masses.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may be administered to individuals as needed, with Priests visiting those with COVID-19 taking extra precautions.

COMMUNION
Priests will try to make Communion calls, adhering to necessary health precautions.

PARISH SERVICES
Parish food pantries may remain open, but those in need are asked to contact their specific parish for schedule and procedural updates.
Alcoholics Anonymous groups will continue to meet but only with less than 10 people and adhering to the social distancing practice.
Churches may remain open for silent adoration but in adherence to capacity guidelines.
All parish meetings and parish events will be canceled.
Bulletins will be posted on parish websites.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
The Diocese of Brooklyn’s administrative offices will be closed to the public due to the Coronavirus beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for an undisclosed amount of time. The diocesan staff will be working remotely. You can reach the Diocese by calling 718-965-7300.
Parishioners can watch the celebration of the Eucharist on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Brooklyn Diocese. NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30), and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.
The Mass schedule is as follows:

Weekdays:
8 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (English)
9 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
Noon Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
5 pm Replay of the Noon Mass from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
6:30 pm Pre-recorded Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Weekends:
6 pm Saturday Vigil Pre-recorded Passionate Mass from Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica (English)
11 am Sunday Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
1:30 pm Sunday Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
To read the latest updates regarding coronavirus concerns in the Brooklyn Diocese, go to https://thetablet.org/coronavirus.

 

Important Update Regarding Sight & Sound Bus Trip “Queen Esther” March 21, 2020

Important Update Regarding Sight & Sound Bus Trip “Queen Esther” March 21, 2020

 

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater trip is postponed.

No future date at this time but as soon as one becomes available everyone will be notified.

Thank you.

 

Update Regarding Holy Family Worship Site 140th Anniversary Mass and Reception

TO ALL PARISHIONERS/FRIENDS:

Due to the coronavirus and the closings of many venues, the Diocese of Brooklyn has closed the Immaculate Conception Center Venue until April 30, 2020.

We will postpone the 140th Anniversary Mass and Reception until we get another date from them. It could be this summer or this Fall.

The dinner tickets and journal ads already paid for will remain in effect for the new date.

WE WILL STILL CELEBRATE THE 140th ANNIVERSARY MASS AND ANNIVERSARY DINNER before the end of this year.

We will still sell journal ads, we will still sell dinner tickets. It will all happen with the Grace of God at a later date.

Thank you all for patience and understanding.

Elba O. Melendez
140th Anniversary Co-Chair

URGENT UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

URGENT UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

Given the continuing and growing concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Bishop DiMarzio has determined that all public masses be cancelled in the Diocese of Brooklyn beginning Monday, March 16th, until further notice. This includes weekday masses as well as Sunday. Funerals and Weddings will be permitted but should be limited to family members only. Parish baptism celebrations should be limited to family only, if they cannot be postponed. Confirmations should be celebrated with the Rite of Confirmation without Mass, if need be, and in consultation with the Bishop scheduled to celebrate the Confirmation.

The faithful of the diocese are reminded that the Bishop has already issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. The obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy can be fulfilled by maintaining a prayerful attitude and through personal and family prayer. The faithful are urged to watch the celebration of the Eucharist on TV, as well.

The celebrations are scheduled as follows:
Saturday at 6 pm: Vigil pre-recorded from Immaculate Conception in Jamaica (English)
Sunday at 11 am: Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
Sunday at 1:30 pm: Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City are on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30) and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.

In light of the continuing crisis, the situation is being monitored carefully and updates will follow. Let us continue to pray, especially through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for those who are sick, for medical personnel and for all people as we confront this challenge.
Sincerely,

Most Rev. Raymond F. Chappetto, DD, VG, VE
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Vicar General
Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN/DECLARACIÓN OFICIAL DE LA DIOCESIS DE BROOKLYN

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

 

CHURCHES & LITURGY

In an effort to be proactive in our response to the spread of the Covid 19 Virus, Bishop DiMarzio has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice.

Public Masses will be celebrated; however the faithful are urged to exercise caution and try to limit the numbers of persons gathered. This is in an effort to be in compliance with the State’s regulations about large public gatherings. This dispensation remains in effect until further notice.

Weekday Masses, too, will continue as usual with the normal precautions people should take when gathering in public places. Other celebrations (such as weddings and funerals) may take place but attendance should be limited. Celebrations such as Confirmations, First Penance, etc. may take place but attendance should be strictly limited, perhaps including only family members. There is an option for an Order for Confirmation without Mass, if this is desired. In these extremely difficult and challenging times, our primary duty is to keep the faithful safe and healthy.

When gathering, the faithful are urged to take the necessary precautions including hand washing, remaining at a safe distance from others and other safe practices, such as the reception of Holy Communion in the hand.

SCHOOLS

The elementary Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn will close next week, Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. Monday will be used as a professional day for teachers to develop their distance learning plans. We anticipate that beginning Tuesday, children in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Academies and Schools will have access to online learning.

In addition, the leadership of all Catholic Academies and Parish Schools are committed to following CDC guidelines regarding deep cleaning and sanitization of buildings.

 

This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing situation and after consultation with city and state agencies. Please continue to monitor your Catholic Academy and Parish School websites next week for further updates.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

All in-person parish religious education classes, all youth ministry classes and group meetings (including all CYO activities) and all adult faith formation sessions (including RENEW and other small faith sharing groups) will be cancelled until further notice. As previously stated, all Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis classes, events, workshops, and other gatherings are also canceled during this period.

The health of all the faithful of the Diocese is of utmost concern, so let us continue to pray to the Lord Who is a healer to protect us and bring about quickly an end to this present crisis.

 

Office of the Vicar General

Diocese of Brooklyn

310 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tel: 718.399.5995

Fax: 718.399.5965

DECLARACIÓN OFICIAL DE LA DIOCESIS DE BROOKLYN

IGLESIAS Y LITURGIA

En un esfuerzo por ser proactivos en nuestra respuesta a la propagación del virus Covid 19, el obispo DiMarzio ha dispensado a los fieles de la obligación de asistir a la misa dominical hasta nuevo aviso.

Se celebrarán misas públicas; Sin embargo, se insta a los fieles a que sean cautelosos y traten de limitar el número de personas reunidas. Esto es en un esfuerzo por cumplir con las regulaciones estatales sobre grandes reuniones públicas. Esta dispensación permanece vigente hasta nuevo aviso.

Las Misas de lunes a viernes también continuarán como de costumbre con las precauciones normales que las personas deben tomar al reunirse en lugares públicos. Pueden celebrarse otras celebraciones (como bodas y funerales), pero la asistencia debe ser limitada. Celebraciones como confirmaciones, primera penitencia, etc. pueden tener lugar, pero la asistencia debe ser estrictamente limitada, tal vez incluyendo solo a miembros de la familia. Hay una opción para una Orden de confirmación sin misa, si se desea. En estos tiempos extremadamente difíciles y desafiantes, nuestro deber principal es mantener a los fieles seguros y saludables.

Al reunirse, se insta a los fieles a tomar las precauciones necesarias, como lavarse las manos, permanecer a una distancia segura de los demás y otras prácticas seguras, como la recepción de la Sagrada Comunión en la mano.

ESCUELAS

Las primarias Academias Católicas y Escuelas Parroquiales de la Diócesis de Brooklyn cerrarán la próxima semana, del lunes 16 al viernes 20 de marzo. El lunes se utilizará como un día profesional para que los maestros desarrollen sus planes de aprendizaje a distancia. Anticipamos que a partir del martes, los niños en las Academias y Escuelas de la Diócesis de Brooklyn tendrán acceso al aprendizaje en línea.

Además, el liderazgo de todas las academias católicas y escuelas parroquiales se compromete a seguir las pautas de los CDC con respecto a la limpieza profunda y la desinfección de los edificios.
Esta decisión se está tomando por precaución debido a la situación que cambia rápidamente y después de consultar con las agencias municipales y estatales. Continúe monitoreando los sitios web de la Academia Católica y la Escuela Parroquial la próxima semana para obtener más actualizaciones.

PROGRAMAS DE EDUCACIÓN RELIGIOSA

Todas las clases de educación religiosa parroquial en persona, todas las clases de ministerio juvenil y las reuniones grupales (incluidas todas las actividades de CYO) y todas las sesiones de formación de fe para adultos (incluyendo RENEW y otros pequeños grupos de intercambio de fe) se cancelarán hasta nuevo aviso. Como se indicó anteriormente, todas las clases, eventos, talleres y otras reuniones de la Secretaría de Evangelización y Catequesis también se cancelan durante este período.

La salud de todos los fieles de la Diócesis es de suma preocupación, así que sigamos orando al Señor que es un sanador para protegernos y poner fin rápidamente a esta crisis actual.

Oficina del Vicario general
Diócesis de Brooklyn
310 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tel: 718.399.5995
Fax: 718.399.5965

ASH WEDNESDAY & LENTEN SCHEDULE Holy Family-St. Laurence R.C. Parish

ASH WEDNESDAY & LENTEN SCHEDULE

Lenten Schedule & Rules for Fasting and Abstinence From Meat Lenten Fasting is obligatory (ages 18 to 59) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 

Everyone is obligated to abstain from meat on all the Fridays of Lent.

Schedule for Lenten Stations of the Cross:
Holy Family Worship Site
Tuesday at 7pm (English), Except Tuesday March 17th, which will be said in Creole Wednesday after the 9am Mass (English) Fridays at 7pm (Creole), Except Friday March 20th; Stations will be moved to Tuesday March 17th at 7pm Tuesday,
April 7th at 6pm Youth Stations of the Cross (Holy Week)

St. Laurence Worship Site
-English- Thursdays after the 9 AM Communion Service—
beginning Thursday, February 27th.
-Bilingual (English & Spanish)-Fridays at 6:15 PM,
beginning Friday, February 28th.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Every Saturday at 4pm to 4:45pm and by appointment.

Holy Week: Monday, April 6th: “RECONCILIATION MONDAY”
: 9:30am to 11am and 4pm to 9pm

MISSIONS DURING LENT 2020:
English: Starts at 7pm on Wednesday, March 18th -Friday, March 20th
with Fr. Christian Amah

Creole: Starts at 7pm on Thursday, March 26th – Sunday, March 29th
with Sister Claire

Schedule for Stations Of The Cross