|We will follow the regular Sunday and Weekday Schedule
Sat. 5 pm Vigil, 7 pm S;
Sun: 8, 10, 12S and 4:30T
Weekday: 12 Noon, Sat. 9 am
Adoration on Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 am
Perpetual Novenas to St. Anthony and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Confessions by Appointment only
Only enter the rectory via the front door, no more than 2 people at a time.
Doors open 15 min. before mass and close 15 minutes after.
Use sanitizer on your hands before receiving Holy Communion.
|My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are looking forward to reopening our churches and chapels in the near future. Our people have the right to participate in the normal liturgical life of the Church.
Following the instructions issued by our State government, we have kept
We have been waiting to hear from our State government when the
I know how stressful these months have been for you in providing spiritual support for our people. You have been working hard and with much
Our diocesan leadership is hoping that we will be able to reopen our
Asking God to bless and protect you, I am
Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L, .D.D.
|By Mandate of The Apostolic Administrator of The Diocese of Paterson
Protocols for the Reopening of Churches to Public Liturgical
The Diocese of Paterson has been in close communication with State
These mandated guidelines are general enough to be adapted to diverse
Each parish community or institution will be required to work closely
THESE GUIDELINES ARE NOT SUGGESTIONS. THEY ARE, FOR THE
THE GUIDELINES BELOW PERTAIN TO THE APPROPRIATE AND SAFE
1. We will notify you the date when Churches are to reopen. At that
3. Those who are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus, i.e. those sixty (60) years of age and over, and especially those with one or several
4. A person with a cough or fever of any kind should stay home to protect
5. Live-streaming of Mass should be continued for those unable to attend.
6. No group for any celebration of the Mass, sacraments, and funerals
7. Churches may be open for private visits outside of scheduled services,
8. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting commonly-touched surfaces in the
9. A reasonable period of “empty time” should be scheduled after the time when people leave the church so the entire church can be washed, wiped
10. Pastors should establish and publicize the hours when the parish
In opening offices it should be kept in mind that provision for supplies of
11. Maintenance staff should use the guidelines from the diocese or Center
12. All hymnals and missalettes should be removed from the church pews.
13. Hand sanitizers are to be placed at the entrance into the church and in a place easily accessible to the priest presiding at the liturgy.
14. All persons over the age of 2 should wear face masks.
15. Restrooms should only be used in case of necessity. They should be supplied with cleaning materials. Instructions should be posted so that anyone who uses the facility knows exactly what to do.
16. Only one entrance/door should be open for each building. However, all doors should allow for egress in case of emergency.
17. Exits and emergency exits should be tested beforehand and well
18. Provision should be made for the handicapped.
1. Mass attendance must be limited to 25% of seating capacity, as noted
Pastors must clearly publicize in advance whatever way they select so that people may understand that, if they arrive after the permitted number has been reached, they may have to be turned away. This is to protect
2. Volunteers should be available to welcome parishioners to church,
3. Holy Water fonts and the baptismal fonts are to remain empty. When
4. Depending on availability of priests, parishes may schedule more
5. All of those attending the Liturgy must wear a face mask. A good
6. All people inside the church must practice social distancing by keeping 6
7. Certain pews may be closed to make certain that social distancing is maintained. Temporary and safe markings should be made on the floor or carpet to maintain social distancing as well.
8. Those assisting at the altar should maintain a 6-foot distance from the
9. Altar Servers should not assist at the altar until a later date when the
10. There is to be no choir. Singing should be discouraged in general.
The parts of the Mass, e.g., Gloria, Gospel Acclamation, etc. must be recited.
11. There is to be no offertory procession. Collection baskets are to be placed in appropriate places to receive the offering of the faithful.
Electronic giving should be encouraged weekly so that the practice becomes more widespread now and permanently into the future.
Ushers should wear gloves when placing the offerings into the plastic
13. The Exchange of Peace is to be shared without human contact.
14. Social distancing should be maintained by the faithful when they
15. The Body of Christ should be placed in the hands of the communicant.
16. The distribution of the Precious Blood from the chalice is discontinued
17. The priest should have a hand sanitizer near him during the
18. To avoid crowding at the end of Mass, people may be dismissed by
19. For now, when a priest is approached for celebration of the Sacrament
A special note: Priests who have special health considerations and
These Protocols and Procedures are promulgated for the Diocese of
All to the contrary notwithstanding.
|Most Reverend Arthur J.
Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D.
Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Ph.D.
On the Feast of St. Pope John I