Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus Response

This page is intended to keep you up-to-date on the latest information related to the church’s response to this pandemic. Please check regularly for updates.

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September 11, 2021: In response to the Delta Variant of the Coronavirus, Bishop Lucia is recommending mask wearing during Masses and during any indoor church related events.

June 23, 2021: On June 15, COVID-19 restrictions were lifted throughout New York State. Bishop Lucia therefore wishes to inform you that most restrictions placed on houses of worship in the Diocese of Syracuse are now lifted.  Of particular importance, please note the following:

  • Masks for those who are fully vaccinated continue to be optional. Parishioners are not to be asked their vaccination status or for proof of vaccination. NYS and CDC regulations continue to maintain the wearing of masks, social distancing practices, etc. for some individuals in certain circumstances: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.
  • There are no social distancing requirements, although we recommend that there still be space allotted in the church for those who wish to remain distanced
  • There are no capacity restrictions and no gathering limits, except at indoor venues that hold more than 5,000.
  • Holy Communion will continue to be distributed under the form of bread only. There are to be no common or shared Communion chalices.

As you know, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses was lifted on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Sunday, June 6. It should be noted as well that anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is always excused from this obligation. Caregivers, too, may have to use prudential judgment about attendance at Mass, carefully considering the risk factors involved. It would be good, therefore, to maintain livestreamed/recorded Masses for those who are still not able to be at Mass in person.

 

  • 6/1/2021Summer Hours and Schedules (June 4th – September 3rd)     
Daily Mass:  Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 a.m.
Communion Service:  Friday  9:00 a.m.
Weekend Masses:  Saturday 4:00 p.m.
                                  Sunday  10:30 a.m.
Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Adoration Chapel Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

  • 5/24/2021 – Breaking News: 
    It is no longer necessary to make reservations for our Weekend Masses!!!!
    And Vaccinated people do NOT need to wear a mask in Church, but are welcome to continue to wear them if they choose to.
    Unvaccinated people are still asked to wear their masks.
    Please continue to social distance yourself within the pews, when receiving communion, and when entering and exiting the Church.
    Thank you to everyone for your patience and support over the past year!
  • 5/14/2021UPDATE from the Diocese of Syracuse:  The CDC announced new guidelines as of Thursday, May 13, 2021, regarding mask-wearing, but those guidelines are still under review by New York State, our local officials, Bishop Lucia and his staff. Please be aware that masks are still required to be worn, fully covering your mouth and nose by all; this includes those that are fully vaccinated. We will also maintain the six foot distancing.  We will keep you informed of any changes as we move forward.

  • 1/28/2021 – Beginning the weekend of February 20/21, Mass on Sundays will be changed to 10:30 a.m. This will accommodate Church of the Holy Family and Most Holy Rosary for coverage. Most Holy Rosary’s Sunday Mass will be changed to 8:30 a.m.
  • 1/17/2021 – The Parish Office, Adoration Chapel, and Church will be closed through Tuesday, January 26. Everything will re-open on Wednesday, January 27.
  • 1/15/2021A note from Father Clarence
  • 12/21/2020 – Please see a letter from Bishop Lucia here.
  • 11/06/2020 – We are now live-streaming our 4PM liturgy weekly on YouTube. That will remain available to view on our YouTube Channel. 
  • 9/13/2020 – 9:00 a.m. Daily Mass resumes this week
  • July 1, 2020 Letter from Father Clarence
  • Indoor Masses have resumed. The temporary schedule is 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.
    • In order to attend Mass, you must register in advance by calling the parish office at 754-1266.
    • All in attendance must wear a mask for the duration of the Mass. The only time it may be removed is to receive Holy Communion. Masks should cover both the mouth and nose.
    • Please arrive early. We will take the temperature of all attendees prior to entering. 
    • Attendees will be directed where to sit. Please follow the directions of our ushers.
    • Please do not linger after Mass to socialize.
    • Maintain social distancing with non-household participants.
  • Daily Mass will resume Tuesday, July 7 at 9:00 a.m.
    • Daily Mass will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
    • Attendees will sign in at the door and get a temperature check.
    • You do not have to register in advance for daily Mass.
  • The chapel will open Tuesday, July 7 with restrictions. The chapel will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Adorers must register in advance by calling Carla at 729-5817.
    • Adorers must sign in and get their temperature taken at the office.
    • Space will be restricted to no more than 2 adorers at a time.
    • Wipes will be provided for them to wipe down their area before they exit.
    • Books are not currently available, but you may bring your own. Please be sure to take it with you when you leave.
    • Please wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose completely throughout the duration of your adoration.
    • Individuals at higher risk (65+, underlying health conditions) are encouraged to remain home at this time. 
  • The Parish Office will resume regular operation on Tuesday, June 7. Summer hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Confessions are not being heard at this time.

Diocesan Information

Parish-Specific Information

  • A Letter from Father Clarence 7/1/2020
  • A Letter from Father Clarence 6/04/2020
    • We will continue with the Parking Lot Masses the weekend of June 20/21. We aim to resume Masses in the church the weekend of June 27/28.
  • A Letter from Father Clarence 3/24/2020
  • Sunday Mass & Music Playlists
  • General Information
    • Adoration chapel and the church are closed
    • All Masses, Ministry meetings, Faith Formation, and Stations of the Cross have been canceled until further notice
    • Bulletins will still be available online
    • Music for the weekend liturgies is available here
    • Office staff will be working sporadically
      • Call 754-1266 or email churchoftheholyfamily@gmail.com for assistance 
        • If calling, please leave a voicemail with a number to contact you at. We will be checking voicemail regularly.
    • Weekly Offerings
      • If you are able, we encourage you to continue to make your weekly monetary offerings to help us continue to operate.
        • Please mail envelopes to the parish office, drop them in the lockbox outside of the office, or contribute online here.
    • Birthday Cards
      • Please don’t forget our Senior parishioner birthdays. Call the parish office to set up a time to drop off your cards. 
    • Errand Runners
      • Over the next several weeks, we would like to do what we can for people who are confined to their homes and, therefore, unable to get groceries or pick up medication. We are working on a system to match people in need with people who are able to help them.
        • If you are confined to your home and are in need of groceries or medicines, please call the Parish Office or email Mary at chfyouth@gmail.com.
        • If you are in good health, under the age of 60 and are willing to go to the grocery store or pharmacy for someone,
        • please call the Parish Office or email Mary at chfyouth@gmail.com  and we will match you up with someone in need.
    • Prayer Requests
      • Please use our prayer request page to submit prayer requests and to see a list of intentions to pray for.

How to participate in Mass

Additional Prayer Resources

Community/Other Resources

  • Businesses Providing Assistance with Food
  • From Tioga Opportunities Program, Inc.
  • How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus
  • Summer Lunch Pickup – Broome County
  • Summer Lunch Pickup – Binghamton
  • Food Pantry Information from Catholic Charities
    • Catholic Charities Food Pantries remain open to the public during regular business hours:
      • Mother Teresa’s Cupboard M,W, F 9-2:30 pm (202 Garfield Ave. Endicott)
      • 100 Main Street Food Pantry and Community Empowerment Center M, W, TH, F 9-11:30 am & 1-3:30 pm, Tuesdays 1-3:30 pm
    • Both pantries are serving a 5 day supply of food to each family. Boxes of food are pre-made and will be given outside to families. This will ensure that we are practicing safe social distancing as recommended by the CDC.
    • During this crisis we will allow friends, family members, neighbors, etc.. to pick up for loved ones who cannot leave their homes safely due to age, disability or medical reasons. In addition, agencies may also pick up for their clients.
      Please print, complete and bring with you the Food Pantry Form  to help us get you food in the most timely manner.
    • For seniors and medically frail Broome County residents that do not have someone to bring food please contact Mary Whitcombe at 584-7800.
    • The pantries will also offer diapers, adult diapers and infant formula as available to those in need.