REOPENING UPDATEWednesday, July 15, 2020The Worship Committee of the Parish is considering options for electronic sharing of worship. We met last evening and affirmed that we will encourage small group zoom participation in Evening Prayer, and will explore live streaming of Sunday worship. I am consulting with someone tomorrow at church and will keep you all in touch as possibilities develop.If you would like to share your ideas or concerns, please speak to one of the Worship Committee members: Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert (Chair), Deacon Hyacinth. Warden: Nathalie McFarlane Organist & Director of Parish Music: Philip Godlewski.. Choir: Robert Puleo. Vergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma Clarke Altar Guild: Royaline Bailey. Ushers: Haydee Guevara Staff Support: Jennifer DiFatta (Sec), Hector Guillen (Sexton)Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. Please pray for those who have died and for their families and friends. In this time of social distancing, please give a call to parishioners or friends and share the warmth of your voice and your love. We need to keep strong in the faith and share that love and strength with others.Blessings,
Fr. Robert +
REOPENING UPDATEWednesday, June 17, 2020
Dear Friends,Bishop Dietsche has given the parishes of the Diocese of New York permission to make plans for potential return to public worship on or after July 1st. He has stressed that the timing of opening for public worship depends on the local situation of each parish. He has not mandated, or even encouraged, that we open for worship in July. Rather, he has asked that we determine what is appropriate for us, given the specific rules given to all by the State of NY.We need, therefore, to have a group in the parish consider how we would structure the details of social distancing and safety for worship in our parish, and also to suggest to our Vestry a potential time frame for opening worship. The physical safety of our parishioners and their spiritual nourishment are both primary for us. We cannot have one without the other.I have gathered the following people as our Worship Committee tasked with the planning for our opening for public worship.Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert, Deacon Hyacinth.Organist & Director of Parish Music: Philip Godlewski.Choir: Robert Puleo.Vergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma Clarke. Altar Guild: Royaline Bailey.Staff Support: Jennifer DiFatta, Hector Guillen.Ushers: Haydee Guevara.If you have strong feelings or concerns about us opening for worship, please feel free to speak to any of us.Please continue to pray for our parish and its continued growth in love of the Lord and in service to others. Please pray for those across the globe who have died in the pandemic and for their families and friends. And let us pray for our city and country now suffering the consequences of racism. Let us pray that we may peacefully march to highlight the evil of racism and may organize to overcome its systemic place in law enforcement, in the courts, and in the economy of our country.Blessings,Fr. Robert +
COVID- 19 & OUR PARISH
Friday, May 1, 2020
Suspension of Public Worship Extended to July 1
The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of New York, announced the continued suspension of public worship in the Diocese of New York until July 1, 2020.
In an email sent this morning to the clergy of the diocese, he wrote as follows:
"In March, when I suspended public worship in the Diocese of New York until May 17, I followed the CDC guidelines which asked that we avoid public gatherings for eight weeks. But we are now going into May, and many of you have asked when we might look to the re-opening of our churches. It is clear to us that we will still be through the month of May, in an active, though perhaps waning pandemic, and we know that the period of suspension of public worship must be extended. We three bishops in the Diocese of New York are in conversation with the bishops in the Diocese of Long Island, so that the two dioceses which overlap New York City and the surrounding area may coordinate our decisions.
"We have come to the conclusion that a new target for re-opening our churches for worship can be no sooner than the end of June. Therefore, with this letter, I am directing that public worship in the Diocese of New York continue in suspension until July 1. We know that whenever we resume public worship we will do so while the epidemic of COVID-19 continues around us, but at the threshold of May the state of New York is still seeing four to six thousand new cases every day, and the bulk of those cases are clustered in the dioceses of New York and Long Island. We know that the beginning of a return to ordinary life will bring a new surge in cases of the virus, and we must do everything we can not to contribute to that, and everything we can to keep our people safe.
"This decision is subject to the changes which may come in an evolving story, and all decisions will be made in light of the guidelines and directions we receive from public health officials and the Governor of New York.
"During May and June, we will be studying ways in which we can come back together for worship in July under the limitations which will certainly still be placed on public gatherings, including the use of masks and distancing. We are anticipating a period during which we will need to hold more services with fewer people in attendance, both at church and in homes. Bishop Allen will be particularly involved in the development of models of adaptive ministry. We are anticipating that until there are effective therapies to treat COVID-19, and a vaccine, we will need to continue our congregational lives under modified conditions. Well before we begin to resume public worship, I will write to you again with directions for a phased return to public worship and the re-opening of our churches."
Friday, March 20, 2020 Dear Friends,CANCELLED:IN ACCORD WITH BISHOP DIETSCHE’S ORDERS, ALL WORSHIP SERVICES ARE CANCELLED IN THE DIOCESE, for safety amid the COVID-19 virus. Further, all meetings in our facilities are also cancelled. The Parish Office is closed and Jennifer will be working from home. Our Brown Bag Lunch program continues with volunteers preparing food and giving out bags from the door of the Parish House to discourage any congregating or contact that could spread the virus. We will keep you informed about when Health Officials say it is safe for us to gather in worship again. THE MARCH VESTRY MEETING IS ALSO CANCELLED. Websites for live streaming Sunday Services: St John the DivineSt. Bart's - Park Ave., NYCTrinity Wall StreetNational Cathedral -Washington, D.C.NOT CANCELLED:(Advice from the Priests’ E-mails of the Diocese)NOT CANCELLED: FamilyNOT CANCELLED: MusicNOT CANCELLED: PrayerNOT CANCELLED: LaughingNOT CANCELLED: Recovering from Insufficient SleepNOT CANCELLED: Exploring the BibleNOT CANCELLED: Getting OutdoorsNOT CANCELLED: SingingNOT CANCELLED: Exploring the Prayer Book (bcponline.org)NOT CANCELLED: Re-connecting with Someone after “too long”NOT CANCELLED: JournalingNOT CANCELLED: ReadingNOT CANCELLED: Helping OthersNOT CANCELLED: ExerciseNOT CANCELLED: LoveNOT CANCELLED: HopeLet's give thanks for what we have and use this time to get less busy and more healthy! A NOTE from OUR Deacon: Greetings, Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ;As we go through this crisis let us continue to be faithful in reading and meditating on God's word using our Lenten booklets.Please include in your private prayers:* For the Lord's intervention on this outbreak.* For total healing for those infected with the virus.* For protection for those who are most vulnerable* For wisdom, guidance, and protection for all healthcare workers and government officials. God's Peace,Deacon Hyacinth A NOTE FROM OUR PARISH TREASURER:Dear Church Family,We have the Lord's promise that, as we give, he will supply our own needs through his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).During this very difficult time, we ask that you please continue to give your tithes and offerings. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue to be a weight on us. We are dependent on the financial support that is made possible largely through your generous contributions. Kindly send by mail or drop it off in the church’s mail box (directly within the glass cloister). Please email me or the office to let us know if you do drop off a check so we may confirm receipt. If you already participate in online banking with your bank, you also have the option to send your contribution through that outlet using the church’s mailing address and the bank will mail the check on your behalf.Let's continue to keep our eyes on the Lord and to love and pray for one another.In Christ’s Love,Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Treasureradebajulai@optonline.netBlessings, Fr. Robert +