It has been confirmed that a parishioner who attended Mass last Sunday at a church in Queens has tested positive to coronavirus.
According to a statement of the press office of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the parishioner attended the Noon Mass last Sunday, March 8, at the Incarnation Church in Queens Village.
The Incarnation Church is undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization, with approved disinfectants, following guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The parish masses today will be held in the auditorium of the parish.
Earlier this week, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio dispensed Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice, as a proactive response to the coronavirus epidemic.
Catholic schools and academies in the Brooklyn Diocese will also be closed from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 20.
The Office of the Vicar General Office’s statement also indicates that all public masses in the diocese will be canceled “beginning Monday, March 16th, until further notice.”
Parishioners can watch the celebration of the Eucharist on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Brooklyn Diocese. 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.
The Mass schedule is as follows:
- 8 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (English)
- 9 am Live from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
- Noon Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
- 5 pm Replay of the Noon Mass from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
- 6:30 pm Pre-recorded Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- 6 pm Saturday Vigil Pre-recorded Passionate Mass from Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica (English)
- 11 am Sunday Live from St. James Cathedral in Downtown Brooklyn (English)
- 1:30 pm Sunday Pre-recorded from Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights (Spanish)
To read the latest updates regarding coronavirus concerns in the Brooklyn Diocese, go to https://thetablet.org/coronavirus.