Phase 2 in NYC: Catholic churches to resume in-person Mass services

Parishioners at St. Raymond's Church were invited Monday to celebrate Mass in person for the first time in over two months since the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2020, 8:20 PM

Updated 1,432 days ago

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Parishioners at St. Raymond's Church were invited Monday to celebrate Mass in person for the first time in over two months since the coronavirus pandemic. 
Catholic churches throughout the Archdiocese of New York can now open their doors to congregants, with new rules in place to stop the spread of coronavirus. 
Some of the visible changes are ribbons blocking off pews to ensure worshippers sit at least three rows apart. Ushers will also guide them to a designated spot — to maintain social distancing and to limit capacity. 
Masks are required inside the sanctuary and while receiving communion, which pastors are asking be received by hand. 
St. Raymond's Church opened its doors for Mass at 9 a.m. 
The pastor tells News 12 that it was heartwarming to be reunited with so many familiar faces after relying on virtual services during such a difficult time for many in this community.
Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Brooklyn will be able to resume holding Mass in person next Monday, June 29, according to religious leaders.
 


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