Covid19 Directives

                       DoT Crest

UPDATED AND APPROVED: SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

https://dioceseoftrenton.org/coronavirus

Liturgical-Pastoral Directives in a Time of Pandemic
Limited Public Celebration of the Mass and Sacraments in Church

Public “in Church” weekend Masses permitted since
Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ, June 13-14, 2020

Public “in Church” weekday Masses permitted since  
Monday, June 8, 2020

Common Directives to be Observed by All Parishes Until Further Notice

The dispensation from Sunday/Holy Day Mass obligation remains in effect until further notice


Provided wearing masks, proper social distancing and sanitation protocols can be followed, the attendance permitted for ALL Masses is one-third of the church’s capacity, which is as follows:

St. Anthony Claret Church-120

St. Mary of the Lake Church-90

Holy Family Chapel- 150

Pastors will determine the most fair and effective ways to ensure proper observance of those numbers.

 

Rev. Pedro L. Bou, SVD

Pastor

PARISH OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701

 

 

Directives for “In-Person” Mass

  • If you are sick, please stay home
  • No public gatherings or greetings before or after Masses, at church entrances/exits or on parish property are permitted.
  • Distribution of flyers, the selling of raffle tickets, signing of petitions, and sale of religious articles inside or outside of church is prohibited until further notice.
  • All missals, hymnals, printed materials, pamphlets, etc., must be removed from churches.
  • Sanitation of church before and after each Mass, using approved methods is mandatory.
  • Holy Water fonts or receptacles are to remain empty.
  • Pastors may leave public restrooms open provided they are sanitized
  • A cantor may sing from the choir loft, or behind a clear screen when in front of the assembly.  Congregational singing is discouraged to prevent any possible spread of COVID 19.  Choirs are not to be used. 
  • Masks must be worn at all indoor/outdoor public Masses; regular hand washing with soap/water or alcohol-based sanitizer brought from home should take place; social distancing (6 feet) between groups of people from the same household and any other groups/individuals and between single individuals must be maintained  at all indoor/outdoor Masses.
  • The usual presentation of offertory gifts and physical contact of any kind at the sign of peace is prohibited.
  • Communion is restricted to the Sacred Host only and no chalice may be offered or shared.  Communion in the hand is strongly preferred.
  • Priests will not receive or gather the faithful after the Mass.

Directives for Mass Celebrants and other Ministers

For Minister & Celebrant

  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after Mass
  • Social distancing must be practiced in the sanctuary
  • Hand washing with soap/water or hand sanitizer is required before and after distributing the Eucharist.
  • Those distributing the Eucharist must wear masks

 

For Celebrant

  • Celebrants should not wear a mask while offering the Mass, but only while distributing Holy Communion
  • Short homilies should be given
  • Cover hosts and liturgical vessels at credence table until placed on altar
  • Place hosts on corporal at the edge, i.e. not directly in front of celebrant
  • Individual chalices are to be used for deacon and concelebrants only

For Ministers

  • The use of Mass servers, if necessary, should be limited
  • All vessels utilized during Mass are to be washed with hot soapy water immediately after Mass
  • Must use Mask

Directives for Ministry Gatherings

Group devotions in church are permitted provided they are limited to one third capacity,

St. Anthony Claret Church-120

St. Mary of the Lake Church-90

Holy Family Chapel- 150

  • Masks must be worn
  • Social distancing is observed
  • Sanitation protocols are to be followed

Parish Meetings held in a location other than church are permitted provided they are limited to 25 percent capacity, to be confirmed with facility scheduler.  

  • Masks must be worn
  • Social distancing is observed
  • Sanitation protocols are to be followed
  • Refreshments may not be served
  • Attendance at meetings should be taken in the event tracing is necessary.

Other Directives to follow:

  • Distribution of flyers, the selling of raffle tickets, signing of petitions, and sale of religious articles inside or outside of church is prohibited until further notice.

Directives for Limited Public Celebration of the Sacraments In Church Until Further Notice
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

  • Confessionals should not be used.  
  • Outdoor confessions are permitted, even encouraged.
  • For indoor confessions, a well-ventilated area should be used that would allow for social distancing.
  • All arrangements for confessions must safeguard the health of both priest and penitent, respecting the dignity and confidentiality of the Sacrament.
  • Penitents are to observe social distancing if waiting in line.
  • Masks must be worn by priest and penitent.
  • Electronic devices of any kind are prohibited.


General absolution is not permitted in the Diocese of Trenton, unless explicitly permitted by the Bishop according to the norms of Canon Law.

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The celebration of Baptism within Mass is suspended. Baptisms outside of Mass are to be celebrated one family at a time. The number attending should adhere capacity limit of church being used.

St. Anthony Claret Church-120,

                                 St. Mary of the Lake Church-90,                                  

Holy Family Chapel- 150.

  • Masks are to be worn by all present.
  • Only parents or godparents may hold the infant during the ceremonies.
  • Sanitizer should be used when there is any physical contact before, during or after Baptism
  • Fresh baptismal water is to be blessed, used and disposed of after each celebration. A “shell” or other implement should be utilized to pour the water in the act of baptizing. Pouring the water by hands alone is prohibited.
  • Photographers WILL NOTbe permitted during or after ceremony. Group photographs in church after the ceremony are not permitted.
  • The celebrant will not receive or make physical contact with the faithful after the baptism; families should exit church immediately after Baptism in an orderly manner.

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

Nuptial Masses may now be celebrated in church, as determined by the pastor and following “In Person” Mass guidelines. Number of persons in attendance should be limited to one-third of the church’s capacity,                  

St. Anthony Claret Church-120,

                                    St. Mary of the Lake Church-90,                                 

Holy Family Chapel- 150.

  • All present must wear masks (except bride and groom).
  • Social distancing is to be observed throughout the celebration.
  • Worship aids or other booklets, hymnals, papers and programs are not to be distributed/used in church.
  • Greeting at the doors is prohibited.
  • Celebrant will stand at least six feet from the couple, e.g. on the other side of altar.
  • Wedding rings should be held by the groom only.
  • The sign of peace and any physical contact between participants, except the bride and groom, is prohibited.
  • The inclusion of ethnic customs that might jeopardize social distancing should be discouraged.
  • Any receiving line is prohibited; participants should exit the church immediately after the ceremony.
  • Photographers WILL NOTbe permitted during or after ceremony. Group photographs in church after the ceremony are not permitted.

CATHOLIC FUNERALS IN CHURCH

[MASS IN THE ABSENCE OF THE BODY]

All directives for the celebration of public “in Church” Masses are to be observed and provided wearing masks, proper social distancing and sanitation protocols can be followed, the attendance permitted for ALL Masses is one-third of the church’s capacity.

St. Anthony Claret Church-120,

St. Mary of the Lake Church-90,

Holy Family Chapel- 150.

  • Masks are to be worn and social distancing maintained
  • No physical contact is permitted in church
  • The texts for the “Masses for the Dead” are to be used rather than those of the Mass of Christian Burial

[FUNERAL RITES IN THE PRESENCE OF THE BODY]

  • Vigil for the Deceased
  • Visitation and vigils in church are prohibited and should be conducted in the funeral home or other appropriate, dignified place
  • The casket must be closed before the minister begins
  • Minister and all present must wear a mask and observe social distancing
  • Holy water may be blessed before or during Mass and used for the sprinkling of the body. It should not be left out afterwards in any publicly accessible containers or fonts.

Mass of Christian Burial

All directives for the celebration of the public “in Church” Masses are to be observed.

  • Social distancing is always to be maintained
  • Masks must be worn
  • Number of persons present should not exceed one third capacity of church
    • Anthony Claret Church-120,
    • Mary of the Lake Church-90,
    • Holy Family Chapel- 150.
  • Physical contact with those attending is prohibited
  • The use of the pall is suspended
  • Holy water and incense may be used.

For the committal, the number of persons in attendance should follow NJ State regulations for cemeteries and physical contact with those in attendance is prohibited.

LANGUAGE / IDIOMA / JĘZYK

Parish Office Hours

Parish Office: St. Mary of the Lake
MON- FRI : 9AM – 4PM
(732) 363-0139
43 Madison Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Parish Office: St. Anthony Claret
MON- FRI : 9AM – 5PM
(732) 367-8486
780 Ocean Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Religious Education Office: Holy Family
MON – FRI : 9AM – 5PM
(732) 363-0139  Ex.(241)
(732) 363-3043
1139 E County Line Rd, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Cemetery & Mausoleum Office:
MON – FRI  : 9AM - 3PM
(732)-363-8262
1 Honey Locust Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701

*TEMPORARY* Mass Schedule

St. Mary of The Lake Church
MONDAY – SATURDAY: 9AM – English
*LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
 
St. Anthony Claret Church
TUESDAY – FRIDAY: 7PM – Spanish
 *LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
 
Holy Family Church
SATURDAY:  4:00PM – English
                      5:30PM – Spanish
 
SUNDAY:      9:00AM – English
                    11:00AM – Spanish
                      1:00PM – Polish
                      4:00PM – Spanish
*LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE

Special Mass Schedule

ALL SAINTS DAY
 
November 1st, 2020 
We will be following regular Sunday Mass Schedule 
 
ALL SOULS DAY
 
November 2nd, 2020
St. Mary of the Lake Church
MONDAY:   9:00 AM - English
                   5:00 PM - English
                   7:00 PM - Polish
*LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
 
Holy Family Church
MONDAY:  5:00 PM - Spanish
                   7:00 PM - Spanish
*LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE

Confession Schedule

English/ Polish Confessions:
St.Mary of the Lake Church:   
THURSDAY     3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
 
English ONLY Confessions:
St.Mary of the Lake Church
FRIDAY            8:00 AM - 8:45 AM 
 
Spanish Confessions:
St.Anthony Claret Church:       
With appointment Only 

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Lakewood, NJ 08701

732.363.0139 & 732.367.8486

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