NEW! Letter from the Pastor
Dear Parishioners and Friends of Mary’s Nativity – St. Ann Parish,
I hope and pray that this letter finds you and yours well.
Our Churches are open at 100% capacity! We are celebrating Masses on a regular schedule in Mary's Nativity Church and St. Ann Church. All entrances of St. Ann Church and Mary's Nativity Church are open and accessible. St. Ann Church will open at 6:30 am and will close after the last event of the day. Mary's Nativity Church will open at 7:00 am and close at 1:00 pm.
Face masks will be required of all who enter the church. All are advised of the requirement to wear face masks, which you will bring on your own from home. No one will be allowed in church without a face mask. Face shields may be worn when accompanied with a face mask.
Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines - at least six feet of distance between you and others.
We are relying on the honesty of people regarding their vaccination status. Vaccinated and unvaccinated persons are welcome to attend Mass. Unvaccinated parishioners should distance themselves from others who are not members of the same household. Once inside the church, you may sit where you desire allowing for social distancing.
Hand hygiene is still required. As you enter the church, you will be asked to sanitize your hands. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances of the church but parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer from home as well.
To receive Communion, please process down the middle aisle, observing 6 feet of distance between each other and continue to wear a face mask. Communion will be received in your hand only. After you receive the Sacred Host, move to the side, six to ten feet, and pull down your face mask to immediately consume the Host and then bring your face mask back up.
- The churches are open for Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings
- If you are not feeling well, please do not enter the church.
- If you are not feeling well, please take your temperature at home and anything above 100 degrees, please stay home.
- Please note there is NO Holy Water in any of the fonts to preserve public health.
- Please maintain social distancing (6 feet).
- Please adhere to all of the directives by parish staff.
The obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sunday is a sacred one and must be taken seriously. The dispensation from this obligation which has been in effect since the start of the pandemic will be lifted as of the weekend of June 5-6, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord (Corpus Christi). Although the dispensation will be lifted, those who are ill, or feeling unwell, those who care for the sick and those truly at risk are automatically dispensed from the obligation, as is always the case.
The precautions we are taking seem to be a small inconvenience in comparison to the joy of being able to go to Mass and Communion! The virus, though awful, helped many grow in appreciation of God’s blessings. We all have so much to be grateful for. Let us pray for those families that have lost loved ones to the Pandemic.
The Rectory office at Mary’s Nativity is open for business from Monday - Friday, 9 am - 12 pm; and 1pm - 4 pm. The Rectory office at St. Ann is open Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Please remember us during this time as we have faced a reduction in our weekly collections since March. Please consider signing up for electronic giving.
Mary’s Nativity – St. Ann Parish needs you more than ever!
Just click the DONATE link on our website. If you have questions or need assistance with our electronic giving page, please call the Rectory at 718-359-5996. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.
Spread the word to family and friends who may have been reluctant to come to church that WE ARE OPEN!
God bless you all! You are in our prayers.