A Statement on the Return to Sunday Mass by the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Upstate New York Dioceses of Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester and Syracuse:
Praise be to Almighty God, who has been by our side throughout this long and devastating pandemic. He has heard our cries of mourning and been our rock in this stormy sea. He has delivered us through this crisis and brought us to the point where we can now clearly see an end in sight to the suffering, lockdowns and isolation. Alleluia!
Today, with vaccination rates rising, infection numbers across the state are falling and we are seeing the reopening of every sector of society, including businesses, restaurants and sporting events. Now it is also time to return to Sunday Mass.
The obligation to attend Holy Mass on the Lord’s Day is a sacred one. Anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is always excused from this obligation and we encourage you to use your prudential judgment throughout this pandemic to determine if it was unsafe for you to attend Mass. This remains true.
However, for those who are healthy and not at great risk, the presumption of the faithful should be that, unless they are at an enhanced risk, sick, or caring for others who are at risk or sick, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass now resumes, effective the weekend of June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in our Dioceses.
One should consult their local Pastor if questions arise about the obligation to attend. All required safety protocols and liturgical directives of each Diocese remain in place until modified or revoked by the respective Diocesan Bishop.
We are grateful to God to have reached this point and we speak for all of our brother priests in saying we can’t wait to see you again. Come home to Mass!
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We received $10,052.84 for our January 2021 payment from Upon This Rock. It continues to be very important that pledges are honored so we will continue to receive future payments.
We treated our entire complex (church, rectory, convent, school, hall and ministry center) with a sanitizer / antimicrobial protection treatment in December 2020 & February 2021 from ChemDry of West Seneca. We also renovated the second floor of the ministry center.
We are hopeful with future money to continue to work on our wish list: repairing the steeple on the church, painting the interior of the church, repairing the back parking lot, new windows for the school, chairs for the parish hall. There is and always will be a need to upgrade and /or improve our complex.
Once again, your continued support is critical to Our Lady of Czestochowa – thank you for your support to Upon This Rock.
~ Father Gary
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