COVID 19 Updates

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all!

Please remember that the obligation to attend Mass, even on such an important celebration as Christmas is suspended. Please bear in mind, that if you are uncomfortable attending Mass, where their might be larger than usual crowds, please do not feel obligated to attend Mass. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and seek medical attention. Should you be in one of the categories, as outlined by the CDC, for those for whom COVID might be particularly dangerous, please do not feel obligated to attend. This would also apply to those who might be caring for loved ones for whom COVID might cause serious complications.

If you do decide to come to Mass, please remember that all the social distancing measures remain in place. Please wear a mask. Please do not sit in areas that are taped off.

Let us remember to pray for one another during these difficult days.

Our Lady of the Assumption, pray for us!

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us!

ANOTHER IMPORTANT UPDATE

The infected person attended the 10:00 am Mass last Sunday and was seated in the fourth pew on the left bank of pews (facing the altar) toward the aisle. If you were seated near there, please consider getting tested for COVID 19. Please also consider leaving your name and phone number at the rectory for contact tracing purposes.

Our Lady of the Assumption Church was disinfected this morning by a company that has expertise in this area. Please also remember that the obligation to attend Mass has been suspended since March and remains in effect. You can watch Mass on TV by tuning into EWTN, the Catholic faith network or clicking on the link here to watch on your computer or mobile phone.

I am sorry that we have to go through all this but these are the strange days we are living in. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT UPDATE:


TO MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION – SAINT MARY STAR OF THE SEA PARISH COMMUNITY

The health and safety of the parish staff and community at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption – Saint Mary Star of the Sea is our top priority. I am writing to inform you that a member of the parish community self-reported a positive test result for COVID-19 on Monday, December 7, 2020. The last day of exposure at the Our Lady of Assumption Church was Sunday, December 6, 2020. CDC advises that any symptoms of Coronavirus appear between 2 and 14 days from the date of exposure. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness. It is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear or rumor. We would encourage you to visit the CDC website www.CDC.Gov for additional factual information.

The NYS Department of Health has advised that those individuals who were in “close contact” with the infected person are required to quarantine. Individuals who were in close contact are persons who were within 6 feet of the infected individual for ten minutes or more, or those individuals who were within 6 feet of the infected individual for an aggregate of ten minutes or more over a 24 hour period. The parish will be contacting those individuals who have been identified as potentially being in close contact with the infected individual to alert them to the situation. The NYC Health Department will then contact these individuals to initiate contact tracing, if necessary.

The parish is following protocols from the CDC and NYS DOH and has had the church cleaned and sanitized following CDC Guidelines using approved disinfectants.

Because we have followed all guidelines on social distancing and wearing personal protective items, the likelihood of anyone becoming infected from this positive case is low. However, if you develop or have developed COVID-19 symptoms, you should call your medical professional or you can call the ArchCare COVID-19 Hotline at 1-877-239-1998. Archcare has allocated staff to handle inquiries and provide guidance to members of the Archdiocesan community, including clergy, religious, volunteers, lay personnel, students, and their families. The Archcare Intake Specialists will answer all questions or route you to someone who can address your concerns. Archcare can also provide you with information about obtaining a COVID-19 test to determine if you have been infected by the virus.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) New York State Hotline

The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline at (888) 364-3065 where Department of Health experts will be available to answer questions regarding COVID-19.

In addition, you can obtain additional information by visiting the New York City Department of Public Health website at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

During times like this, the safety and well-being of our Catholic parish families, staff, and those in our care, as well as those in the broader community around us, are our primary concern.

December 8, 2020

MASSES IN TIME COVID:

The requirement for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday remains suspended. if you are uncomfortable about gatherings in large groups or are in the category of being especially susceptible to the Corona Virus

please feel free to stay home and watch Mass on TV. If you are sick, please stay home and seek medical attention.

Social Distancing in effect.

Face coverings required.

50% Capacity of the Church

RECTORY OFFICE HOURS: - Monday - Friday ONLY: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Face Covering required to come to the office. Please follow the directions on posted signs.

Please follow the directions on all posted signs.

  • No worship aids will be allowed

It will be important for all involved to follow the instructions and read all posted signs. Pews will be closed off to seating with others open for seating all marked by the use of blue tape and signs. Seating will be only permitted on the ends of the pews. This will avoid people from having to climb over others, compromising the six-foot distancing. The priests/deacon will come to you for Holy Communion. By standing you will indicate your desire to receive Holy Communion. This will avoid the necessity of the six-foot separation on a Communion line. The pews at both churches are long enough to allow for the six-foot separation between congregants. Families and couples will be allowed to sit together.

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Our Lady of the Assumption, pray for us!

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Pray for us!

Prayer in the Absence of Mass

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.Never permit me to be separated from you.Amen.

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