Juan Rodriguez, pastoral associate at Queen of Angels Church, has developed a system of QR codes that allows parishioners to read the Gospel and follow along as the readings are read aloud at Mass — by simply using their smartphones.
With a month of school officially done, there’s a sense of routine and structure when you walk into St. Ephrem Catholic Academy. Students line up outside on the designated stickers, get their temperatures checked through thermal imaging, and go up the stairs and down the hallways in one-way fashions.
In the wake of a setback in the courts, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said the Diocese of Brooklyn will explore its legal options in its fight against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new regulations governing attendance at houses of worship in COVID-19 hot spots.
A federal judge denied a request made by the Diocese of Brooklyn for a temporary restraining order to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo from enforcing his new COVID-19 rules on houses of worship. The decision means that the new restrictions Cuomo mandated can go into effect.
The president of Catholic Charities USA said the agency would turn to Capitol Hill to get a pandemic relief bill passed after it called President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend talks on the legislation “heartless.”
Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso is self-quarantining at his home after a test taken Oct. 3 indicated he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, has suggested that some government-ordered shutting down of nonessential businesses can stunt the economy. But, he added, the more significant concern is shutting down churches, which impedes the nurturing of spirituality among people who seek communion with God.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said Wednesday that the rights of Catholics in the Diocese of Brooklyn are being violated, following news that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is mandating new COVID-19 restrictions on church attendance across the Diocese of Brooklyn.
In the wake of his decision to close all schools in nine ZIP code areas in Brooklyn and Queens that have become hot spots for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Oct. 5 that he might have to shut down religious institutions, too.
On Oct. 5, Gov. Cuomo announced all New York City schools within nine hotspot ZIP codes will physically close and pivot to remote learning on Oct. 6. This came after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposal on Oct. 4 to shut down schools and non-essential businesses within the areas with high positivity rates.