OLBS Reopening Plan Effective May 26, 2020

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

Plan for the Reopening of Our Churches

The Diocese is pleased to announce a gradual reopening of churches that may begin May 26, 2020 in the first of four stages. Each parish will be unique depending on local circumstances. This is our plan for Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Bayside, NY

Stage 1: Church will be open 7 days a week beginning May 26th, from 12 noon until 4pm for private prayer and devotion for a maximum of ten people at a time. No communal prayers such as The Rosary are permitted. (Only four hours are permitted by the diocese and mornings are reserved for funerals.)

Confessions will be heard on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3pm-4pm, or by appointment, behind the screen only, not face-to-face.

Funerals can be arranged daily using the Funeral Outside of Mass ritual, without Holy Communion or processions. They are limited to 10 people.

Baptisms and Weddings are not encouraged yet and need pre-approval from the Chancellor. They are subject to the 10- person limit and all other precautions and are to be celebrated outside of Mass.

Anointing of the Sick is available for individuals. A family member should arrange this with Fr. Bob.

Regulations to be Followed When Coming to Church

The elderly and those with health issues should continue to stay at home. If you feel sick or have been in contact with someone ill, please stay home. Take your temperature. (should be less than 100 degrees).)

Use the Main Entrance Doors, or If absolutely necessary, the Elevator Entrance. Other doors will remain closed but available for emergency egress.

You must bring a mask or face covering and wear it while in church.

Sanitize your hands when entering. It is available at the entrance but you should carry your own.

If you see there are already 10 people, please wait outside until someone leaves. If you are waiting in line please maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet apart. Limit your time in church when it is full.

Use only the available pews that are not taped shut. This is to maintain social distancing but also enable us to sanitize all used surfaces each day. Please do not touch statues. Use a tissue when lighting candles.

Printed materials are not to be available. Bulletins, The Tablet, and Reflections are on-line.

Stage 2: Limited celebrations of Daily Mass. (No date has been set yet.)

Stage 3:Limited celebrations of Sunday Mass. (No date has been set yet.)

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

“I have loved the beauty of your house, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.” Psalm 26:8

5/23/2020 Father Bob Whelan, Pastor

Coronavirus Update

URGENT UPDATE FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

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.

 

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CTC (Catholic Teen Community)

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Interested in meeting new people? Planning outreach projects? Sharing your faith? All high school students are welcome to join us (CTC) on Monday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. in the convent basement (202nd St. side)! For information call Mrs. Kathleen Giuliano – 718 229-5929 x-121

Need to get away with the Lord?

 

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Nestled within hidden inlets of the Long Island Sounds, the Vikingsborg Guest House is located on a tranquil 10-acre property offering a peaceful and spiritual environment. The location offers woodland walks, gardens, a private dock for boating and swimming and an adjacent bath house. Members of all faiths are welcome for private retreats, rest or study. Single men and women, couples, families and groups are invited…