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St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
Staten Island, New York   10306
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Last Updated: March 22, 2020  8:40am
March 21, 2020, Fr. Joe Update #2:
                 ALL HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY MASSES AND LITURGIES
                                        WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
•        For Palm Sunday, April 5th palms will be blessed and will be left outside the front door of the churches.  
 We will monitor to make sure it is done reverently.
•        Reconciliation Monday, April 6th, is cancelled.  However, confessions will continue as scheduled: Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm at St. Christopher.  
 We would ask that people not stand so close to one another when waiting.
•        The Mass of the Chrism with Cardinal Dolan and the priests of the Archdiocese will not be celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week.
 His Eminence will transfer this to a later date, to be determined.
•        The Mass of:
        -  the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 9th,
        -  the Outdoor Stations of the Cross Processional on Good Friday, April 10th,
        -  the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, April 10th,
        -  the Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection on April 11th, and
        -  Easter Sunday Masses on April 12th ---
 will not be celebrated publicly.
•        Even though all these Masses and Liturgies of Holy Week are not open to the public, please know that we are offering Mass each day
  for the announced intentions and that we are specifically praying for you at each Mass.

                                                           DUE TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S EXECUTIVE ORDER
                                                     CONCERNING NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES / SERVICES
:
•        Our office will NOT BE OPEN for regular business. You may call to speak to one of the priests and to leave a message.
•        St. Christopher Church will be open daily for private prayer and devotion from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  
  However, we WILL NO LONGER have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  
  On Sundays, St. Margaret Mary Church will be open from 7:30am to 11:30am.
•        We are not permitted to have “congregant services” i.e. any liturgy or devotion that gathers people together.  
  As a result, no public Stations of the Cross, no exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, no funerals or weddings or baptisms until further notice.  
  Baptism may be celebrated in case of emergencies.
•        In the event of the death of a loved one, for the time being it would be best to have the burial now and plan a memorial Mass for the future.
  A priest will be able to offer the prayers at the graveside.
•        Your priests are available to talk, please call the rectory.
•        If someone is dying, please call the parish immediately so a priest can administer the sacraments.
•        Please continue to support your parish by mailing in your offering envelopes or by enrolling in
WeShare; or call the parish office for help (718-351-2452).
   We are always grateful for your generosity and support of the parish.
•        Our parish website and
Flocknotes (sent to you by email or by text) are the best ways to get current information and to stay connected as a parish family –
   please spread the word!  To register for Flocknotes, please click here:
GET CONNECTED.

Mary, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
St. Christopher, pray for us.
St. Margaret Mary, pray for us.

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March 18, 2020, NYS DOH:
New York Department of Health - Guidance on the Contacts of a Close or Proximate Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19.

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March 17, 2020, Fr. Joe Update #1:
                                               
CLARIFICATIONS
A few clarifications about how things will be at St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary for the time being:
•        Even though Masses are not open to the public, please know that we are offering Mass each day for the announced
intentions and that we are specifically praying for you at each Mass.
•       
 St. Christopher Church will be open daily for private prayer and devotion from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  We WILL have exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, as usual.  On Sundays, St. Margaret Mary Church will be open from 8:00am to 11:30am.
•        When you enter either church you may wash your hands in the bathroom in the vestibule.  
•        For now, our parish office is open as usual (and closed for St. Patrick’s Day).
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 PLEASE DO NOT ENTER ANY OF OUR BUILDINGS IF YOU FEEL ILL.  This is a matter of love for one another.  
•        Public Stations of the Cross are cancelled, but you can always pray them on your own at St. Christopher’s. We will leave the booklets out.
•        We do not have information now as to how current restrictions will affect First Holy Communion, Holy Week and Easter.  We will share
information as it becomes available.
•        Right now we will have baptisms with only a very limited number of immediate family members permitted to attend.
•        In the event of the death of a loved one, for the time being it would be best to have the burial now and plan a memorial Mass for the future.  
When this is not possible, attendance at the funeral will be limited to immediate family (of everything I’m listing here this is the most
heartbreaking).
•        Confessions will continue as scheduled: Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm at St. Christopher.  We would ask that people not stand so close to one another
when waiting on line.
•        Your priests are available if you need to talk, either by phone or in person.
•        If someone is dying, please call the parish immediately so a priest can administer the sacraments.
•        Please continue to support your parish by mailing in your offering envelopes or by enrolling in
WeShare, a secured online donation system (call the parish
office for help to register).
We are always grateful for your generosity and support of the parish.
•        Our parish website (www.stcstmmsi.org) and Flocknotes (sent to you by email or by text) are the best ways to get current information and to stay
connected as a parish family – please spread the word!
To register for Flocknotes, please click here.

Mary, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
St. Christopher, pray for us.
St. Margaret Mary, pray for us.

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March 17, 2020 Religious Education Announcement:
                               ALL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
                             ARE CANCELLED UNTIL APRIL 20th, 2020
Mrs. Barbara Regan, CRE will be sending out information on how parents can help their children learn their faith shortly.

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March 14, 2020 Archdiocese of New York Announcement:
              MASSES CANCELED IN ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK
           In light of the continued concern surrounding the coronavirus, and the advice of medical experts,
                                                     all Masses in the Archdiocese of New York
                                   will be canceled beginning this weekend, March 14-15, 2020.

This development follows upon today’s decision of Dutchess County to prohibit gatherings of more than 20 people.  It is also intended to provide clarity and
consistency throughout the ten counties that comprise the Archdiocese of New York (Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Putnam, Orange,
Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Dutchess).  

                     Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, urged the faithful to remember in their prayers all those whose lives have been impacted by the
coronavirus outbreak. “Let us pray for all who are sick, as well as doctors, nurses, caregivers, and all those working hard to combat the disease.
We should also remember those whose lives have been otherwise disrupted, especially anyone who has lost income from a loss of work during
this difficult time.”

A private Mass will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and will be available on many cable systems via the Catholic Faith Network and its
website here, livestreamed on the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website here, and broadcast on radio on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM (Channel 129).
FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK: ROSARY CAMPAIGN
FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS
Join us online, by phone or in spirit as we pray the Rosary every night at 8:00pm until the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  We will ask the
miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus.
W
hen: Starts Friday, March 13, 8:00pm-8:30pm (Eastern).
Every day through Tuesday, March 24
Please click this link to tune in each night at 8:00pm:  https://zoom.us/j/494480541
(click the link 5-10 minutes early to allow your device to download any necessary software.)
Or dial-in by telephone -
Dial: (616) 558-8656
Enter the Webinar ID: 494 480 541
FOR DETAILS, CLICK HERE.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
SEE: A REFLECTION FROM FATHER JOE
FOR THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL