Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It has come to our attention that some people are relaxing the observance of the protocols that we have been given to observe, as we reopen our churches. I want to use this column this weekend to once again underscore the rules that we have on several occasions announced and published in the bulletin and on the website.
NYS and Church Laws: There are two sets of rules: (1) Those that govern all residents of New York State, given by the Governor, Andrew Cuomo. (2) Those that govern only Catholics, given by the Bishop of the Rockville Centre Diocese, Most Reverend John Barres. They complement each other; not contradictory.
Obey the Laws: The rules have been made for our safety and wellbeing. It is essential that we comply with these rules while in public places, including the church. Our strict observance of the protocols would show our vigilance for our own safety and that of others. We are each other’s keeper.
Face Covering: Please, Remember to Wear Your Mask or any face covering! Ensure that both your mouth and nose are covered. The Diocese has directed that if anyone has difficulty breathing, that person must stay at home and watch the Mass online or on TV (the Catholic Faith Network). The dispensation from the obligation of Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation is still in effect.
Social Distancing: Please be reminded that all social distancing protocols remain in effect. Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others both when seated in the church and while entering and exiting. Your charity, cooperation and understanding are appreciated. Continue reading “Letter from Pastor, August 2, 2020”