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Let us continue to pray for those who suffer with the Coronavirus and those who care for them, and that this scourge passes quickly. We know that social distancing can be difficult and information can be hard to come by as things are changing so rapidly. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed of updates within the parish. Please continue to check in to the website as we enter Holy Week.
A couple of notes:
- Annunciation School and our Religious Education program will be suspended until the week of April 30th, 2020 as announced by the Archdiocese of NY.
- Annunciation Church will be open each day from 11AM to 5:00PM and Our Lady of Fatima Church will be open from 8AM to 4PM daily, for personal prayers, for now.
- Masses will be livestreamed daily at 8AM, 9AM and 10AM every day, Monday through Sunday at https://venue.streamspot.com/bbcbe56c from Annunciation Church where we have the capabilities to livestream. All mass intentions will be fulfilled privately by a priest or by livestreamed masses. Stations of the Cross will also be livestreamed for the next few Fridays at 7:30PM. On Monday through Thursday we will also livestream the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 7:30PM.
- The parish office will now be closed. Please call the rectory if you have an emergency or are in need of a priest. The parish email will continue to be checked daily (email@example.com).
- While the “suspension” of public Masses basically includes all other services, we can – and will – hear confessions on request. Just give a call or drop us an email to arrange an appointment.
- Social distancing can easily give way to social isolation; this is especially true of our older parishioners. Please check in on your neighbors and let us know if we can help. We’ve got folks ready and willing to pick up groceries, medicine, etc.
- Funeral Masses or services in the church or funeral home will no longer be conducted until further notice. Burial prayers may be said in an open air setting in a cemetery, as long as proper distancing of the ten people allowed by the state regulation is maintained. They may not be held in a mortuary chapel. The family is to be assured that a memorial Mass will be offered as soon as possible after restrictions are lifted.
- Baptisms are to be deferred, except in case of emergency. In these extreme instances, the faithful should contact a priest immediately.
- Weddings are not allowed, unless absolutely necessary. If a wedding must take place for some serious reason, only the bride, groom, two witnesses and the officiant may be present, all maintaining the proper physical distance. Permission to celebrate a wedding must be obtained from the office of vicar general.
- We’ll keep posting via Flocknote and our website. Our bulletin publisher has cut some publishing services, so the bulletin may look a bit different for the next few weeks. If you’re not on Flocknote yet, now’s the time: sign up!
- We have received word from the Archdiocese of NY, that all Holy Week and Easter Sunday services will only be celebrated in privately by the priests, with no parishioners present. Our livestream schedule of Holy Week and Easter Sunday services has been posted to this site separately.
- Communions and Confirmation will be rescheduled to a later date. Please stay tuned
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Our Lady of New York,
know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide,
so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Last updated 4/3/2020