St. Catherine of Genoa Church welcomes you back to your “Home away from home”.
Instructions for the re-opening of churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn
Bishop DiMarzio has authorized all parishes in the diocese of Brooklyn and Queens to open for Masses with the people beginning on June 29, 2020. The following guidelines must be followed at St. Catherine of Genoa church:
– One Mass has been added to the regular Sunday schedule to avoid crowding in one particular Mass. The Mass schedule for Sunday is as follows: Saturday: 5:00 PM (English); Sunday: 8:00 AM (English); 9:30 AM (English) NEW; 11:00 AM (English); 1:00 PM (French-Creole); 5:00 PM (Twi).
– The church should be filled at 30% capacity at this time.
– Good hygiene (washing of hands and/or use of hand sanitizer): Automatic hand sanitizer dispenser is placed at the entrance of the Church.
– All parishioners must wear a mask at all times while in the church (except the priest celebrant who should wear the mask only before the distribution of Holy Communion).
– All parishioners must respect the social distance (no more than 3 people in one pew. However, members of the same household (living under the same roof) may sit together.
– Those who receive Holy Communion must receive it in the hand, and not on the tongue.
– When they receive the Holy Communion, they should move aside, lower the mask and consume the Host immediately.
– All ministers (lectors, Eucharistic ministers) must use hand sanitizer before and after the Mass.
– Only one lector per Mass. The lector should not use the ambo, but rather a special lectern set in place.
– Only the priest should use the ambo.
– No altar server is allowed at this time.
– The sacristy is off limit. Only the priest is allowed in the sacristy.
– There should be no procession in and out. The priest should go from the sacristy to the sanctuary to begin Mass. There is no greeting of the people at the door of the church.
– Music ministry should be limited to the organist and a cantor using social distance. The cantor should not sing from the same place from which the lector reads.
– No choir is allowed at this time, as it would be difficult to keep social distance.
– There should be no missals, hymnals or worshipping aid in the church.
– There is no exchange of sign of peace and no holding hands at the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father).
– Priest celebrant, concelebrating priests and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist who distribute communion should not wear gloves, but should wear masks. They should use hand sanitizer before and after the distribution of Holy Communion.
– Parishioners are strongly encouraged to use e-giving services on the parish website for collection.
Please, watch this video about the reopening of churches in the diocese of Brooklyn.