Weekend Mass Information – June 20 & 21
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish,
It has been a great joy this week with the resumption of weekday Masses in our Church. Everyone who has attended had their masks on and we socially distanced. It worked very well since our number of attendees was under the maximum allowed in Cardinal Tobin’s directive.
The weekend will present us with a more complex dilemma scheduling four weekend Masses. Our parish staff has been working on this for a few weeks so that we are ready to open safely and following the guidelines.
The parish is allowed a capacity of fifty (50) persons at each Mass. After consultation with our staff, we have decided on a first come basis for all Masses this weekend based on our summer Mass attendance in the past. We will reevaluate our procedures based on how this works. It is my hope that the number allowed to attend will increase quickly.
Please note that all persons attending Mass must wear a mask and sit in front of the yellow markers in the pew. You will notice some changes with regard to limited music, no processions, collections baskets in the rear of church for your offering, and two communion lines with reception of the Holy Eucharist in the hand only, the priests will enter/depart from the sacristy and bulletins may be picked up when leaving Mass.
Let us be thankful that the “Eucharistic fast” has ended and that overtime we will return to the beautiful liturgies of our parish in the past.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Monsignor Christopher J. Hynes
Please help us to support the Little Sisters of the Poor care for the elderly in their time of need. Tags can be picked up in the vestibule of the Church and returned by June 7th.
We pray joy and blessings for Fr. Stefano on the 6th anniversary of his priestly ordination! OLBS is grateful for your ministry here with us!
As you know, our annual Lenten collection came to an abrupt end (before it really began) as the doors of our church closed in March. This year, the recipients of our donation were the Little Sisters of the Poor who staff St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Totowa. The request for gift cards, hand lotion, etc., is a simple way to help the Sisters care for the elderly poor in our community.
Could we count on your support again this year? Please take a tag off a table in the vestibule when you come to church this week to pray. Purchase the item and return the item(s) to the box in the vestibule by June 7.
Once again, thank you for your generosity to help the needy among us.
Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,
I write with good news! The Archdiocese of Newark will begin a three-phase reopening of our churches. The first phase of the opening is for private prayer only, and we await the second phase that will include weekday Mass and Funerals. The third phase will be Saturday/Sunday Masses with restrictions in place for safety reasons.
Here at O.L.B.S. we will have our church open this Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM for private prayer and visitation. During the weekdays, the hours will be 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The guidelines ask that we observe social distancing and wear face masks. As more information becomes available, I will send it to the parish.
Monsignor Christopher J. Hynes