𝘼 𝙈𝙀𝙎𝙎𝘼𝙂𝙀 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝙁𝙍. 𝘽𝙍𝙀𝙀𝙉 𝙍𝙀𝙂𝘼𝙍𝘿𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙄𝙉-𝙋𝙀𝙍𝙎𝙊𝙉 𝙈𝘼𝙎𝙎 𝙎𝘾𝙃𝙀𝘿𝙐𝙇𝙀:
Revised Mass Schedule for Corpus Christi RC Church South River: Effective June 13-14, 2020
In light of the pandemic and the need to sanitize and make our worship gathering safe as possible, the Sunday Mass schedule will resume with the following minor adjustments:
- Confessions will be heard from 3:30pm to 4:30pm every Saturday outdoors by the Grotto in back, lower church weather permitting. If the weather is inclement then the lower church will be utilized, and a sign posted on the lower church door. As during the pandemic, I’m always available through an appointment if convenient or needed for any individual. At this time, we are not permittedto use the confessional in church.
- Mass Times for Sunday:
- Saturday Vigil Mass: 5pm as customary. This Mass will be livestreamed for those who for health or other reasons cannot attend Sunday Mass at this time.
- Brazilian/Portuguese Vigil Mass at 7pm at the Grotto weather permitting, lawn chairs permitted but social distancing required both for seating and communion line (six feet apart). If weather is not suitable, Mass is inside the church. Currently the church can have 110 people attend. Ushers will need count folks attending and entering at the front doors only.
On the weekends, the side doors of the church are not be used for entering or exiting at anytime so we can control the crowd numbers.
- Sunday Masses: 8am at the Grotto (Lawn chair Mass). If weather is not clement, we will have Mass inside the church. The 8:30am Mass is now officially changed to 8am throughout the year.
- Sunday 10am (inside)
- Sunday 11:45am – Portuguese Mass. This time was adjusted to allow for sanitizing the church after the 10am Mass.
- Sunday 3pm Sung Traditional Latin Mass (inside)
- Sunday 5pm (inside)
A few observations and practical suggestions:
Bishop Checchio has suspended the canonical obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice because of the pandemic. However, I must remind everyone that the precept to observe Sunday as “The Day of the Lord or the Christian Sabbath,” means that we are still required to make the day holy whether we attend Mass or not at this time. Some time-honored practices include: praying together as a family or with others as in the Holy Rosary, watch Mass live streamed together, read and prayerfully recollect upon the Sunday Mass readings, practice charity, engage in some spiritual reading, rest from servile labor, etc.
Weekday Mass schedule remains the same.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Confessions prior to the Wednesday TLM Mass will be held at the Grotto weather permitting or the lower church starting at 5pm and ending at 5:45pm.
6:15 p.m. Low Mass
If an individual has serious health related issues, they might want to attend a weekday Mass versus a Sunday Mass.
Any questions, comments, please contact me at 732-254-1800, ext. 18.
In another letter I will explain the procedure for the distribution of Holy Communion. Look for that later today or by Wednesday.
In the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fr. Damian Breen