OLBS Reopening Plan Effective July 4, 2020- Stage 3

“I rejoiced when I heard them say, let us go to the House of the Lord.”                       Psalm 122:1

Guidelines for the Public Celebration of Daily and Sunday Masses beginning July 4th, 2020 (Stage 3)

Mass schedule:

Weekend Masses: Saturday: Vigil 5pm, Sunday: 8am, 10am, 12 noon

Daily Masses: Monday—Friday: 9am, Saturday 9am, Public Holidays: 9am only

25% Capacity for all Masses

Those not feeling well or with health conditions should remain home at this time. The obligation to participate at Sunday Mass remains suspended by the Bishop. We will continue to post our Mass on YouTube.

Facial coverings must be worn in church, except for children under 2 or for medical exceptions.

The priest and Deacon will not wear masks—except when distributing Communion– but maintain proper distancing.

Please sanitize your hands when entering church. It is available at each door or bring your own.

Please take a seat several feet from others. Family units can sit together. Alternate pews are taped off. We can only use 25% capacity so if full, please come to a later Mass or participate online.

No worship aids are in use. Music Ministry is limited to musician and cantor. No altar servers yet.

There will be no entrance, offertory, or recessional processions.

There will be no physical exchange of peace.

For the Communion Procession please keep a six-foot distance between you and the person in front.

If you have an offering, drop it in the basket in the center aisle at this time.

You are urged to receive Holy Communion in the hand, without touching the minister’s hand.

Ministers will sanitize their hands again before Communion, keep their masks on, reverently drop the host in the person’s hand, and if contact is made, stop and use the ablution cup and sanitizer again.

Keep your mask on when you reply Amen, then walk six feet, remove it, receive, and put it back on.

The Precious Blood will not be distributed at this time.

Anyone insisting on receiving on the tongue should go to the end of the priest-celebrant’s line.

Please exit the church when ready keeping social distance and without congregating in groups outside.

Let’s make these sacrifices together joyfully, knowing we are protecting the health of our brothers and sisters.

Fr. Robert Whelan

Video message from Bishop DiMarzio regarding Returning to Mass

Stage 4: Celebration of First Sacraments. (No date has been set yet.)

Coronavirus Update


Given the continuing and growing concern about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Bishop DiMarzio has determined that all public masses be canceled in the Diocese of Brooklyn beginning Monday, March 16th, until further notice. This includes weekday masses as well as Sunday.

Funerals and Weddings will be permitted but should be limited to family members only. Confirmations should be celebrated with the Rite of Confirmation without Mass if need be, and in consultation with the Bishop scheduled to celebrate the Confirmation.

The faithful of the diocese are reminded that the Bishop has already issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. The obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy can be fulfilled by maintaining a prayerful attitude and through personal and family prayer.

The faithful are urged to watch the celebration of the Eucharist on TV, as well.

The celebrations are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday at 6 pm: Vigil pre-recorded from Immaculate Conception in Jamaica (English)
  • Sunday at 11 am: Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
  • Sunday at 1:30 pm: Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)

NET-TV can be seen in the New York City area on Spectrum (Channel 97), Optimum (Channel 30) and FIOS (Channel 48). Viewers can also tune in online at www.netny.tv.

In light of the continuing crisis, the situation is being monitored carefully and updates will follow. Let us continue to pray, especially through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, for those who are sick, for medical personnel and for all people who confront this challenge.


Dynamic Parish Initiative

In early December 2018, Fr. Bob Whelan announced that our parish was selected to be part of an exciting new initiative called Dynamic Parish.

Dynamic Parish is a parish-based initiative focused on parish growth and renewal, spearheaded by Matthew Kelly’s “Dynamic Catholic”. Of the approximately 15,000 U.S. Catholic parishes, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has been selected as one of 20 parishes in four U.S. dioceses to be part of its pilot program.

Over the next 5 years, this five-year partnership with Dynamic Catholic will help our parish grow in powerful ways.  Dynamic Catholic will provide us with resources, materials, events, and dedicated consultants to incorporate best practices for our parish’s growth and our parishioners’ engagement.

Watch the videos below and click on this link to learn more about the program.

November 2019 begins our Dynamic Parish year of prayer. Click here to watch a video with more details.



Parish Book Club

Please join us on Tuesday, January 29th at 7pm in the Mary Mullaney Room—church basement.  Come prepared to discuss, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.  Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and farming of tea in a remote Yunnan village. When a stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking, Li-yan translates for him and rejects the rules that have shaped her existence. She has a baby out of wedlock and abandons her in the nearest city. Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl who wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter.  Enjoy this new thriller novel by Lisa See. A copy is waiting for you at the Bay Terrace Library, 18-36 Bell Blvd.  Just say that you are with the OLBS Book Club.  Join us for great discussion, fellowship and friendship.