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Posted May 25, 2021
New Directives Regarding the Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions
Beginning on Friday, May 28th, the faithful participating in Mass, who are vaccinated against COVID-19, are no longer required to wear masks. Those who are not yet vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks according to the CDC guidelines. In addition, all social distancing requirements are lifted for celebrations that take place within the parish churches.
Beginning on Friday, June 4th, parishes may return to full capacity for seating.
The invitation to share the Sign of Peace is likewise restored-it is not necessary to shake hands as there are other ways to offer the Sign of Peace but some may choose to do so with close relatives.
Notice of Obligation
Beginning with the Vigil celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Saturday, June 5th, the faithful are once again obliged to participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Anyone who has a concern about returning to Mass should discuss the matter with his or her pastor or confessor.
Commencing on June 5th, the Saturday Mass at 4pm and the Sunday Mass at 9:30am will continue to be live streamed. We will be discontinuing the live stream of 8:30am daily Mass after June 4. Please read the Statement below from the New Jersey Bishops.
Reinstating the General Obligation to Attend Mass, Posted May 20, 2021
Catholic Cemeteries: Posted May 19,2021
In March 2021, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new program to provide financial assistance to families for certain COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred due to a COVID-19-related death. FEMA began accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on April 12, 2021 through a dedicated call center. The telephone number for the FEMA Funeral Assistance Program is 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time.
To apply you must call FEMA, there is no online application. The person applying must be the individual who incurred the funeral expense for the deceased. Please understand that FEMA will NOT speak to any businesses like funeral homes or cemeteries. No online applications will be accepted.
FEMA asks that you have all documentation in hand before calling. This will speed up the process. For additional information including a listing of documents needed, visit the FEMA web site. https://orcuttfinancial.com/fema-financial-assistance-covid-funeral/
In an effort to be helpful please visit these additional links to learn more:
FEMA began accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on April 12, 2021 through a dedicated call center. The telephone number for the FEMA Funeral Assistance Program is 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time.
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