On Friday, Gov. Cuomo mandated that ALL non-essential members of the workforce work from home. And while the
of our faith
, much service to you toward that end can be done remotely in a similar way to how our schools have managed to serve students.
effective beginning Sunday, March 22, the parish offices will be closed until further notice.
How can I get in touch with the parish staff and priests?
- We will monitor the main parish email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also simply reply to this email or any other parish emails.
- We have added a text feature through Remind - to opt in, text "@bsvs-up" to "81010" to message us and receive updates.
- You can also message us via Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or through our listing on Google (open Google maps in on your smartphone and search for us.There are buttons for directions, to call, and to message - choose message).
- Office phones will also be checked periodically, but calls may not be returned as swiftly.
- Our emergency line for the priests remains open (accessible from the phone prompts), but please heed Fr. Lawrence's notice about using discretion in calling for a priest.
Will this affect the livestream or the church's availability for prayer?
Thanks to the technological infrastructure provided by you and the dedication of our parish priests to serve you,
the live stream of our masses will continue as usual
with priests; no servers, lectors or music.
We are also keeping our church doors open
after livestreams for you to pray in this difficult time.
The ability for you to come to church and seek God is not changing
as a result of this new mandate. Please, however, practice appropriate prevention measures when coming to the church and stay home if you are feeling sick.
As per Fr. Lawrence, we will resume extended Adoration on Tuesdays (1-8pm), but will not have any benediction or other formal/group prayer.
What about other sacraments?
will be still be available, but by appointment and in cases of dire need only (contact us by the above means). All
baptisms and anointings
, save for emergencies, are postponed.
Weddings and funerals
will be postponed as well.
First Communion and Confirmation
are still far in the future to call and remain unaffected. We will continue to monitor these as time progresses.
We hope to rejoin with you soon, but the reality is it may be awhile. In the meantime, we will keep you updated and do everything we can to bring you a virtual experience of our community.
As always, please know that we are keeping you in our prayers and ask that you continue to pray for our Church and the world in these uncertain times.
The Clergy and Staff of Blessed Sacrament