News, Pastor's Note

Pastor’s Note 6/28/20

This Sunday, June, 28th there will be another drive-in Mass at 9:00 am.  In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be moved into the main church.  ONLY enter the parking lot from the Wendel Avenue blue building entrance side. Park every other space in a checkerboard fashion. If one has to get out of a car, remember to maintain social distancing at all times. If not possible, wear a face covering. It is OK to sit or stand next to your car ONLY on the driver’s side. The Mass may be transmitted locally on FM 88.9. The altar will be located in the second-story window of the Father Cotter Hall building; please park facing south, toward the church.

There will be a lawn Mass with the altar in front of the Respect Life Garden near Father Cotter Hall at 11:00 am. Bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the Mass will be moved into the main church. There will be publically accessible restrooms available in the church ONLY during and after the 11:00 am Mass.  There is no need to pre-register anymore for Masses. The 4:00 pm Mass is celebrated and recorded in the chapel with an overflow of people sitting in the main church. The 7:30 am Mass is celebrated in the main church. The acoustics in the chapel are better than in the main church.  Please follow the social distancing markers in the church aisles. During this Phase III of NYS re-opening, we still have every third pew in the church open to worshipers to provide over 7 feet of distance.

Our church remains open for individual prayers seven days a week from 8 am – 6 pm.  Eucharistic Adoration on the altar is held daily 1-4 pm in the CHAPEL. The Rosary, the Chaplet, Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, and a special prayer for the healing of the nation are recited loudly every hour on the hour for about 35 minutes at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. The church and the chapel are air-conditioned. Private prayers and adoration can be held in the main church, while prayers are recited in the chapel. All are welcome. 

The parish office is open for business during the following days and times this week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am to 1:00 pm. The office hours will increase later, and will be  announced in future bulletins. Most visitors who enter Father Cotter Hall and the parish office MUST bring and wear a face covering.  Small children and people with difficulties breathing are exempt. Commercial grade CDC approved hand sanitizer wall stations are located at each entrance to the building and the office door for people’s convenient use. Generally, only one person may enter the office at a time.  Others in line are kindly asked to wait in the main hall. Before participating at any church gatherings, people with any chronic severe immune system issues should prayerfully consider their options before visiting any of the parish buildings. More details of the parish re-opening procedures will be published and updated in the weeks to come. Thank you for understanding, and welcome back.  

Happy Fourth of July!

Fr. Matt