Dear Parish Family of St. Paul,

 

As we continue to navigate through this time of pandemic, please read below to review our mass protocol. 

 

MASS SCHEDULE: Masses will be celebrated according to the following schedule:

SUNDAY MASS

Saturday ‣ 5:00 PM

Saturday Spanish Mass ‣ 7:00 PM

Sunday ‣ 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM (Livestream), 11:00 AM (Outdoor), 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM

 

DAILY MASS

Monday – Friday ‣ 7:30 AM, 12:00 PM (Livestream)

Saturday ‣ 9:00 AM (Livestream)

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Numbers of participants in each mass will be limited: no more than 150 persons in Church to provide for social distancing requirements. 

  • Attendees will be seated on a first come/first served basis.

  • Masks MUST be worn over the mouth and nose throughout the entire Mass. 

  • Hand sanitizer must be used upon entering the Church.

  • For the Church: all participants will enter through either the main doors on Wyckoff Ave or through the handicap ramp entrance on the rectory side of the church.   

  • All participants must social distance at all times: when entering, when seated, when coming up for Holy Communion, and when leaving. 

  • Reception of the Precious Blood will not be permitted. Communicants must receive the Sacred Host in their hand, then step to the side and place the Sacred Host in their mouths under the mask. 

  • All traffic flow in Church must be one way. Presiders, ushers, and volunteers will be present to help direct. 

  • There will be no hymnals in Church. We encourage parishioners to scan the QR code at their seat to access a digital worship aid which will contain readings, music, and responses for that mass.

  • There will be no collection. Baskets will be placed in the sanctuary, and those wishing to support their parish may place their offering in the baskets either before Mass begins or after it ends. We encourage parishioners to sign up for electronic Parish Giving. 

  • There will be no offertory procession, and the Sign of Peace will be offered without physical contact. 

  • Families may sit together at Mass (“families” being defined as those you live with and know to be coronavirus negative). 

  • We discourage gathering or chatting on parish property, either in Church or in the parking lot for now. 

  • Those who are in high risk groups (senior citizens or those with other health concerns) should refrain from attending Mass. We will continue livestreaming Mass everyday for those who cannot attend mass. Those who are ill MUST remain home as an act of charity toward others. Cardinal Tobin has removed the obligation for all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Newark to attend Mass on Sunday until further notice.

 

We thank all parishioners in advance for your flexibility, concern, good will, and adherence to these directives and limitations. During this time, we are permitted to celebrate funeral and the Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony; please contact the Parish Office for details.

 

The Old Testament Song of Songs says: “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth…Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!” God’s house is open, and His people are invited to Come to the Table! We look forward to seeing you safely, joyfully, and peacefully!

 

In His love,

Father John Gabriel, Pastor

COVID-19 Response