IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Updated as of 7/2/2020
PARISH SERVICES DURING PHASE 2
Phone contact – 718.821.6447
Available Monday – Friday – 9AM – 12 Noon; 1PM – 4PM
For inquiries, questions & appointments:
(i.e. Mass intention request, sacramental certificates request, make appointments with priest, etc.)
Mass intention request can also be done via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to social distancing all in person contact is available at the Convent (located next to the School) on Monday – Friday 9AM – 12 Noon ; 4PM -7PM
Temporary Phone Contact: 347-225-2313 for access to convent only – to confirm that your documents are ready for pick up and/or to report any delays for an appointment.
For all appointments & in person interactions you must wear a mask, please practice social distancing and responsible actions to ensure the safety & well-being of everyone.
PHASED OPENING OF PARISH – Currently on Phase 2 & 3
It is with great joy that we announce that the beginning of the reopening schedule for our Parish. This is the tentative timeline:
Stage 2: Limited Celebrations of Daily Mass -Effective Monday, June 29th, 2020
Stage 3: Limited Celebrations of Sunday Mass -Effective Sunday, July 5th, 2020
Stage 4: Celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation (No date has been set yet)
STAGE 2 & 3:
The upper church will be for daily Masses Monday – Friday @ 8:30 AM & 12 Noon. Church will be closed after each Masses for cleaning purposes. Therefore church will not be open from 1PM – 3PM .
Sunday Masses begin on July 4th 5PM -English Mass; July 5th 9AM – Polish Mass; 10:30 AM – English Mass; 11:45 AM – Spanish Mass. All Masses will be in the upper church.
- Maximum of 200 people per scheduled Mass. You must arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the scheduled Mass.
- Use the proper marked doors for entry and exit of the church. Access to the upper church will be the main front center doors. Exit from the church will be the side doors & front side doors.
- Space has been marked for proper social distance norms.
- There will be no holy water, bulletins, hymnals, missalettes and other worship aids available, please do not ask for them.
- You are required to wear a mask or proper face covering to enter the church & to be on church property.
- Do NOT touch statues or other devotional objects in the church (including candles).
- Mass intentions can be made via email to email@example.com. Someone from the office will contact you in regards to the request. Payment for mass intentions will be accepted in checks made payable to “St. Matthias Church” in the memo state mass intentions along with a note with the dates confirmed via email by the parish staff member. Same principle is available for Wine & Hosts, Bells, and Sanctuary Lamps.
- People should go up for communion the usual way, observing at least 6 feet of distance between them as they approach. As previously done before the closing of church masses, Holy Communion will be distributed into the communicant’s hand to avoid any physical contact. The communicant should come before the Priest with the mask on for the dialogue (“The Body of Christ. Amen.”) and then, move to the side, lower the mask , consume the Eucharist and replace the mask. The priest hands should be disinfected before distribution of Holy Communion.
Click on Link for Video Information on Phase 2
https://vimeo.com/430806908 (English Version)
https://vimeo.com/432283449 (Polish Version)
Funeral services will be permitted but are strictly limited to 10 people. Persons attending the funeral must be seated using social distancing norms (six feet apart) except for members of the same household and everyone must wear a mask or face covering. No procession into or out of the church. No worship aids will be distributed or used.
Baptisms will take place with social distancing guidelines being enforced and limited to 10 or fewer participants. These will be scheduled by the priest and approved by the Diocese (Office of the Chancellor).
Weddings will take place with social distancing guidelines being enforced and , at first, limited to 10 or fewer participants. These will be scheduled by the priest and approved by the Diocese (Office of the Chancellor).
Anointing of the Sick:
Anointing will be celebrated with the usual safety measures in place. Priest will wear mask and gloves. Any guidelines that are in place in hospitals or other institutions must be respected.
Confessions will take place with the priest and penitent both wearing masks and remaining at least six feet distant from one another. Confessions will be on Saturdays from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM weather permitting in front of the church. (NOTE: there will be no confessions on Saturday, June 13, 2020)
We are enthusiastic about the reopening; however taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our clergy, staff and parishioners. Thank you for helping us make this transition a safe one for everyone.