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Friday, June 19, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
This is the press release dated Saturday, June 6, 2020. “In light of Governor Cuomo’s announcement June 6th that houses of worship may resume public gatherings at 25 percent capacity at the earliest opportunity, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced that any parish in the Diocese of Buffalo that is prepared to offer public liturgies while maintaining the safety protocols detailed in the Diocesan guidelines due to the ongoing COVID-19 threat may do so. Local Catholics are urged to check with their parishes before planning to attend a Mass, as parishes may be at a different stage in their preparations for reopening. The decision to reopen is solely at the discretion of the pastor.
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place. All who are especially vulnerable or simply uncomfortable attending a public liturgy are encouraged to remain at home and view Mass via livestreams, which will continue in local parishes. “The Catholic faithful of our Diocese have made clear their eagerness to return to their parish churches and to resume their sacramental, life with their parish leaders and in communion with their fellow parishioners. While we welcome this latest development, it is imperative that our parish leaders and all who are returning to public Masses observe the guidelines that public health officials have issued, along with the extensive measures that we have defined for our parishes in order to protect the health and safety of parishioners, as well as priests and liturgical ministers.”
Parishes have been working on plans to ensure they can meet safety standards that will keep the six-foot social distancing requirement in place throughout Mass. Parishioners should bring and be prepared to wear their own masks and, if possible, a bottle of hand sanitizer for use upon entering, before receiving Communion, after receiving Communion, and after exiting the church. Catholics should plan on restricted seating, a change in the reception of Communion in order to ensure social distancing, and other appropriate measures upon entering and exiting churches.””
It is our plan at Nativity to offer Mass at 4:30PM on Saturdays, and the 8:00AM, 10:00AM, and 12Noon Mass on Sundays. The Main Street Door will be the major access door for the congregation. The East entrance, parking lot door, will be for the disabled and those with walking difficulties. Collection baskets will be at the inside entrances to receive your offerings. Please follow the directions to receive Holy Eucharist. Refrain from bathroom use, except in an emergency. Please remain in your place until dismissed by one of our team. May the Lord continue to protect and guide us all.