Archdiocese of Newark Directives for Re-Opening of Churches
Update as of May 15, 2020
Our Pastor, Father Paul and our Parish Priests, Father Chris and Father Eugene, want each of you to know that they have been praying for your safety, continued health and spiritual well-being.
New Directives Dated May 11, 2020
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK HAS ISSUED A NEW UPDATE ON THE REOPENING OF OUR CHURCH. Recognizing that we are eager to return to our church, the Archdiocese has announced directives for a safe and prudent GRADUAL RE-OPENING OF OUR LITURGICAL LIFE in THREE PHASES giving consideration to the health policies of state and local officials.
PHASE ONE: effective May 17, 2020
Based on the new directives issued by the Archdiocese of Newark:
Cardinal Tobin continues to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass as well as from the “Easter Duty” (obligation to receive Holy Communion during the season of Easter).
Churches may be opened solely for personal prayer during limited and designated hours’ subject to state and local health directives (currently no more than 10 individuals). Individuals and families may enter the church, for QUIET PRAYER ONLY, both for health and safety and in courtesy to fellow parishioners.
NO GATHERINGS ARE PERMITTED
Please note: You will not be permitted in the sanctuary area or by the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, you may light candles on the sides if you wish. Also note: that the Feast of the Ascension has been transferred from Thursday May 21 to Sunday May 24th this year.
We will open Assumption Church for private Prayer, starting this coming Monday-Friday from 9 am - 10 am and from 4 pm -5 pm only. Enter by the Rectory parking lot side door only please note that only 10 people can be in the church at any one time. There will be only certain designated pews to sit in - in the center of the church - the side sections are closed. please sit only in designated spots.
SAFE SOCIAL DISTANCING, FACE MASKS AND SANITIZING REQUIRED:
Individuals and families must maintain social distancing (6 feet) between each person while in the church.
Hand sanitizer will be available and must be utilized upon entering and exiting.
Face masks must be worn by all individuals while in the church.
In accord with national, state and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to infection are not permitted to enter the church for 14 days.
Holy water fonts must remain empty until further notice.
Openly accessed areas of the church will be cleaned daily at regular intervals and deep-cleaned twice a week for health and safety
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION can be offered at specified and limited times. We will offer confessions on Saturday starting May 23 in church at the portable confession stations in the church from 10:30 AM TO 11:45 AM
The church will be wiped down and disinfected after each use.
Social distancing must be maintained by those waiting for the sacrament and to respect maintaining the seal of confession. Masks must be worn by confessor and penitent.
Phase Two will include daily mass and funerals only. Phase Three will be Sunday Mass and all other sacraments. We will inform you of these dates when we receive them.
We are here for you. Our clergy, pastoral staff and ministry leaders continue to be there for our Parish and surrounding towns during this challenging time.
We will continue to have Mass and Daily Rosary on Facebook until further notice.
Please check our parish website at AssumptionEmerson.org or Facebook.com/AssumptionEmerson for updates, spiritual support and virtual gatherings
All Parish buildings including the Rectory will be closed until further notice: Any meetings and communication within the parish will be conducted by phone or by virtual meetings.
Please feel free to call us during Rectory hours, M-F 9 -5 pm by phone at 201-262-1122. As always if you have an emergency, or need to speak with a Priest call the Rectory at 201-262-1122.
Almighty God and Father, we ask that you bless all our parishioners and give all of us the graces we need in these days. Mary, full of grace hear and answer us through Christ our Lord Amen.