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Saturday Vigil: 5:00PM
Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30AM AND 12:00 Noon
Weekdays: Mon - Thursday 8:00am
St. Bridget Church:
Saturday Vigil: 5:00PM
Sunday: 7:00 & 9:00am
Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Friday 7:30am
As more of us are returning to Mass, for your safety and the safety of our brothers and sisters, please remember the following:
1. Please wear a mask (children under the age of 5 excluded)
2. Please wash hands before coming to Church
3. Please use hand sanitizer before entering the main part of the church.
4. Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, OR NOT FEELING WELL.
5. If you are uncomfortable attending a weekend Mass please come on a weekday.
The 10:30 Mass at St. Patricks has reached capacity three weekends in a row. When this happens we are obligated to close and lock the doors. As this is possible to happen more consistently, please remember you have other options to use; i.e., the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening, the 8am Mass or any of the Masses at St. Bridget of Kildare which has larger capacity.
Resumption of Masses
June 24, 2020
Brother and sisters all of the St. John Paul II Community;
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!! The time is coming! We can open our doors again on the weekend of July 4-5 at both St. Bridget of Kildare and St. Patrick. We are all excited to welcome you back. Praise God! Come and Worship!
As we all have waited for this news to come, I must highlight for everyone that THIS OPENING COMES with many changes you will experience. They are temporary, but we do not know for how long. We must all do our best to help each other through it all. Mindful of what we are dealing with, we will strive to take all reasonable safety precautions at both churches for the wellbeing of each of us. Please remember, Divine Charity demands we think first of others and not ourselves. We are all called to live this through our actions.
SUCCESS SO FAR!! During the last few weeks some parishioners have chosen to attend daily Holy Mass one or more times at both parishes. During this time the process has seemed smooth. Our numbers will likely jump as we open for the weekend Masses. This might bring some challenges that we need to deal with calmly as a community.
SUNDAY OBLIGATION DISPENSED: Remember that throughout this time Bishop Cote has Dispensed until further notice the Obligation to attend Sunday Mass. Options in place of attending Mass during this time include: reading/reflecting on the Sunday readings, praying the glorious mysteries of the Rosary, watching Sunday Mass via television or Live-stream through internet or choosing a weekday Mass to attend instead.
CAPACITY: Total number of parishioners at one Mass will be a major difference. We have a limit of people that can be inside the church for each Holy Mass. Once that limit is reached we do have to close the doors. I have sought out the assistance of the Knights of Columbus at both parish locations to assist on weekend Masses with this. Please cooperate and if you have questions please ask either one of the Knights, or Fr. Frank or myself. Know you are welcome at both Churches, until capacity has been reached. We hope to adapt, after the first two weekends, by adding additional Masses if deemed necessary.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- 100 People or 25% of our total capacity, whichever is smaller
- Wash hands before coming to church
- Wear a mask (unless medically compromised)
- Use antibacterial hand cleaner when entering and leaving church
- One Entry point at both churches
- Use any exit at end of Mass
- Bathrooms are open – spray Lysol before leaving bathroom
- Holy Communion will be distributed AFTER MASS HAS ENDED – if you choose not to receive, please leave when priest sits after Mass has ended
- Keep a respectful silence while leaving, as people might be praying after receiving Holy Communion
- Be kind to one another
MUSIC AND SINGING:
At this time singing at Mass has been restricted due to the virus. You will notice that all books and hymnals have been removed from the pews. Mr. John Higgins will be supplying music and a cantor at weekend Masses at both locations in the following manner.
He will play with cantor singing on a rotating basis for the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings, beginning at St. Patrick.
On all Sundays he will play/with cantor singing, at the 9am at St. Bridget and the 10:30 am for St. Patrick. At all other masses and if additional Masses are needed there will be no music or singing at those masses.
THANK YOU KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: I have asked the cooperation of our youngest Knights of Columbus to assist on weekends in the role of being the entry way greeters/ushers inside the Church. They will assist anyone looking for an available pew to sit in. At Both Churches, pews are marked at the ends as such:
St. Patrick’s - either 3 individual’s 6’ apart or 1 family
St. Bridget’s – either 2 individual’s 6’ apart or 1 family
Please understand that once a family takes a pew, the pew may not take in anyone else due to social distancing. The same is true once three individuals have sat in a pew. Once the CAPACITY NUMBER IS REACHED OR PEWS ARE USED UP, WE MUST THEN CLOSE THE DOORS TO ADDITIONAL PEOPLE.
At St. Bridget’s we do have extra individual seating available in the Marian Hall that allows you to see into the Sanctuary.
LIVE-STREAMING HOLY MASS:
During the Weekend I will continue to live stream on IPAD/Facebook, both the Vigil Mass from St. Bridget and the 9am Mass. We are working at determining the feasibility, cost and equipment style that will best allow us to provide this capability at both parishes in the future. We simply ask your continued patience and understanding as we move forward together.
Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Greg – Pastor
Called together by God to experience Jesus and His word, in the sacraments of the Church and in each other, we are committed to love God and to embrace all God's people as witnesses of God's mercy.
FAITH FORMATION WEBSITE
Click here for quick access to the St. Patrick/St.Bridget Faith Formation website
- Rev. Gregory P. Galvin, Pastor
- Rev. Frank Gilbert, Parochial Vicar
- Deacon Dan D'Amelio, Permanent Deacon
- Mrs. Dani Annino, St. Patrick - Director of Faith Formation
- Mrs. Molly Bickford, St. Bridget - Director of Faith Formation
- Mrs. Lori Lechowicz, St. Patrick - Administrative Assistant
- Mrs. Marlene Hale, St. Bridget - Administrative Assistant
- John P. Higgins, Director of Music and Organist
- Mr. Dion Roccapriore, St. Patrick - Sexton
8:00 - 2:30pm, Monday - Thursday
8:00 - 12:00 on Friday
St. Bridget Church
9:00 - 2:30pm Monday-Friday
Holy Hour and Ordination
The Diocesan Communications Office will be livestreaming the upcoming Mass of Ordination of Reverend Mr. Michael Bovino taking place on Saturday, June 27th at 10:30am and the Holy Hour for Vocations that will take place the evening before, at 7:00 pm.
Due to the social distancing requirements, attendance for both of these events at the Cathedral will be by invitation only.