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!