ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

COVID-19 Updates

December 13, 2021 - Masks are required when participating in any activities on parish grounds.  Be sure to remove your mask (pull down) before receiving communion.  See directive from Governor below:

Mask Requirements

“The Governor of New York State has included houses of worship in her recent directives. Therefore, since the Church does not require parishioners to present proof of vaccination in order to worship God, we ask that all parishioners (two years of age and older) comply with the requirement to wear masks when participating in any activities on parish grounds. This State requirement is currently in effect through February 1, 2022.  We will continue to adapt accordingly as new information becomes available. Your patience and Christian charity towards one another during this difficult time is appreciated.” 

"La gobernadora del estado de Nueva York ha incluido las casas de culto en sus directivas recientes. Por lo tanto, dado que la Iglesia no requiere que los feligreses presenten una prueba de vacunación para adorar a Dios, pedimos que todos los feligreses (de dos años de edad y mayores) cumplan con el requisito de usar máscaras al participar en cualquier actividad en los terrenos de la parroquia. Este requisito estatal está actualmente vigente hasta el 1 de febrero de 2022. Continuaremos adaptándonos en consecuencia a medida que se disponga de nueva información. Vuestra paciencia y caridad cristiana mutua durante este tiempo difícil son apreciadas".

 

Dispensation from obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days to end on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption, Saturday, August 14, 2021.


ROCKVILLE CENTRE  –  August 2, 2021  –  The general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will end on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Saturday, August 14, 2021.

This means that the faithful are required to attend Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation Masses beginning on Saturday, August 14, 2021.  This obligation does not apply to those who are ill, those who are confined to their home, a hospital, or nursing facility, or those with serious underlying health conditions.  Catholics should consult their pastor with questions about the obligation to attend Mass.

“Without Christ we are condemned to be dominated by everyday weariness, with its worries, and by fear of the future,” said Pope Francis. “The Sunday encounter with the Lord gives us the strength to experience the present with confidence and courage, and to go forth with hope.”

Although the “obligation” to keep the Lord’s Day holy and participate in the Holy Mass is a most serious commandment, it is better understood as a profound act of love.  The greatest love the world will ever know is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our salvation.  Every Mass is a chance for us to be a part of that Divine love here on earth and to prepare for eternal life with God in Heaven.  We should hunger for our Lord’s presence in the Eucharist/Holy Communion and desire to be a part of the Mass every Sunday.

 

OFFICE Of THE VICAR GENERAL - June 16, 2021

The Office of the Governor has announced that effective immediately, virtually all State mandated restrictions regarding COVID are lifted.  Letter from Vicar General

The following will be in effect immediately:  

1. Masks are optional.  The parish cannot require that people wear masks.  Masks are no longer
required for the distribution of Holy Communion.  Hand sanitizing before distributing Holy Communion is recommended.

2. There are no social distancing requirements.  There are no gathering limits.

3. Parishioners will NOT be asked their vaccination status nor for proof of vaccination.  There
will be no segregating of worshipers based on vaccination status

4. There are no restrictions on missalettes, hymnals or bulletins.

5. The parish office and all activities are open and functioning.

Note: The lifting of the dispensation for the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses
will still take place on August 14, 2021. 

 

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