Brooklyn churchgoers return to in-person Mass after several months
Some Brooklyn residents are heading to Sunday Mass for the first time since March.
The Brooklyn Diocese has resumed in-person Mass for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Residents say a lot of prayers were said from home over the last couple of months, but tell News 12 they are grateful to be back inside the church.
"People are so happy to be together," says Paul Iacullo, head usher at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church.
The Diocese of Brooklyn released a video explaining new guidelines while attending church.
Everyone inside the church is required to wear a mask and pews have been marked to ensure social distancing between parishioners.
Hymnals have been removed but church goers are encouraged to follow along with prayers and hymns from their phone. Parishioners are also asked to refrain from physical contact when giving the sign of peace.
Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church and St. Dominick Parish, tells News 12 that people are relying on faith now more then ever.
"Faith over fear and I think that's the key to it," Cassato says. "We need our faith over the fear and there's been tremendous fear in the hearts and minds of many people so today, it's a joy to be back in church on Sunday."
Masses will also continue be be streamed live online.