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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.
We are waiting for a directive from the Archdiocese about resuming Masses. Currently, although government officials have announced a phased plan to reopen, the NY Forward plan does not outline a process by which houses of worship will reopen their doors.
- Annunciation School and our Religious Education program will remain closed until the end of the year as announced on 5/1 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.
- 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. On Monday through Friday we will also livestream the Rosary followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 7:30PM.
- The parish office is closed. Please call the rectory at 914-779-7345 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 Masses basically includes all other services, we will hear confessions on request. Just 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 is offering limited services, so the bulletin may look a bit different for the next few weeks, and unfortunately . If you’re not on Flocknote yet, now’s the time: sign up!
- Communions and Confirmation will be rescheduled to a later date. Please stay tuned.
- For those of you who are interested, our parish online giving program, WeShare, is an easy and safe way to continue your donations. You may do so through our website or by clicking on this link: https://annunciation-fatima.churchgiving.com/
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Healer 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 5/27/2020