Diocese announces return of in-person mass
by Benjamin Fang
Jun 24, 2020 | 2457 views | 0 0 comments | 233 233 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn can reopen for weekday mass starting on June 29, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced on Friday.

The celebration of Sunday mass will begin on July 4. Everyone who enters a church must bring and wear their own mask during the entire mass, the diocese said, as well as maintain proper social distancing.

“Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens have been longing for the celebration of mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist,” DiMarzio said in a statement. “But our sacrifice and patience have borne fruit, and we did our part to flatten the curve of the terrible coronavirus pandemic.”

In preparation for the resumption of mass, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a video on Friday in English and Spanish to inform Catholics about the changes they will experience from the new COVID-19 safety protocols.

In addition to the mask requirement, churches can only be filled to 25 percent capacity to meet social distancing guidelines of six feet between congregants. According to the diocese, families who live in the same household will be able to sit together.

The reception of Holy Communion will be different, the diocese said. Congregants are recommended to receive Communion in the hand, and leave their mask on when they approach the priest.

When they receive the Sacred Host, they should move to the side and consume the Eucharist immediately, the diocese said. Communion will only be offered in this one form.

The diocese added that the dispensation from the obligation to attend mass remains in effect until further notice. Mass will continue to be broadcast live on the Diocesan cable channel, NET-TV, and streamed online.
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