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May 21, 2020
Here is a bulletin received from the Chancery of the Diocese of Albany that I wish to share with you (in italics below).
Dear Parish and School Leaders,
We are very glad to hear that Gov. Cuomo supports the resumption of church gatherings of 10 or fewer people, as well as parking lot gatherings. That being said, we are proceeding with caution to ensure the safety of our parishioners.
We currently have guidelines for parishes in our 14-county diocese and are in the process of preparing a second document that will address liturgical and sacramental issues in light of social distancing and safety precautions.
Although we are not yet ready to open parishes for Sunday worship, we do believe this easing of restrictions will allow for baptisms, funerals and weddings to proceed, all while respecting social distancing requirements.
Our parishes will be submitting plans as to how they will be able to meet the diocesan guidelines we have issued for a safe reopening. Once we are confident we are in a position to do so in a responsible and safe manner, we will announce a reopening date.
Finally, the April 21 document entitled “A Compendium and Summary of the Liturgical Principles, Instructions & Guidelines” still remains in effect and thus retains its force. Therefore, there are to be no deviations from this compendium until official notice from the Chancery.
So, friends, as of now, we are still under the same system, with no public celebrations for the time being. When I learn more, I will share this with you. Let us continue to pray for one another's strength and will. God's peace,
A Poem by Laura Fanucci
When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends,
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay that way
-- better for each other
because of the worst.
I wish to share with you a prayer I offered during homily time at our Ash Wednesday Masses seven weeks ago. In our current difficulties, I hope this prayer is of great comfort for you as it has been for me. Fr. Frisoni
Prayer to Our Lady of Czestochowa
Holy Mother of Czestochowa, You are full of grace, goodness, and mercy.
I consecrate to you all my thoughts, words, and actions -- my soul and body.
I beseech your blessings and especially prayers for my salvation.
Today, I consecrate myself to you, Good Mother, totally -- with body and soul amid joy and sufferings to obtain for myself and others your blessings on this earth and eternal life in heaven. Amen
GOOD NEWS! Dear friends,
I am also very pleased to tell you that subscribers of Spectrum Cable or Verizon Fios can now watch the same Mass on Sundays at 9:00 AM, with a replay on Thursdays at 6:00 AM (that's early!). Spectrum subscribers can find the Mass on Schenectady Public Access Channel 1301. Verizon Fios subscribers can tune in at channel 36. This will be a very important way to keep our family without internet access connected to God and our local parish during our current situation. Please help spread the word to those you know who might benefit from the television Mass.
God's peace to you,
Fr. Frisoni Type text here
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