Archdiocese of Newark Directives on Reopening Parishes

Effective June 21, 2020, we have entered Phase Three of the Archdiocese’s Directives for Re-Opening Churches.

Phase Three continues the dispensation from the Sunday obligation and Holy Days. Click HERE for the Holy Rosary Mass schedule.

The maximum number of participants for public Mass, Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings is 25% of the church’s capacity or 100 participants in total, whichever number is lower but this number may be updated in the future.   

All the directives on social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing remain in force.

Because of the obligation of social distancing, weekday Masses at Holy Rosary will take place in the church (NOT in the chapel). Mass will commence at 8:00 a.m.

Please review the following IMPORTANT INFORMATION pertaining
to both Weekday & Weekend Masses

  • The commencement dates for Phase Two and Three are contingent upon any further developments in the potential spread of the Coronavirus.  IF there is a spike, these dates may need to be adjusted.
  • As stated above, Cardinal Tobin will continue to dispense the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days.  Therefore…..

    • In accord with national, state and local health directives, those who show symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to another infected person are not permitted to enter the church for 14 days.
    • Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue or who are 60 or older are strongly encouraged to avoid the risks posed by attendance at public celebrations of the Mass.
    • Parishes will continue to livestream the Mass, so that those unable to attend may maintain a spiritual connection with their local parish.

  • It is recommended that everyone should check their temperature at home before coming to church.
  • The faithful must wear a mask to enter the church and during the celebration of Mass, and for the brief moment while receiving Holy Communion.
  • Six feet of distance must be maintained between households, even of one individual attending liturgy.
  • All hymnals and missalettes have been removed from the pews and stored for the duration of the pandemic. No other materials may be left in the pews.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty until further notice.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the church, whenever possible.
  • There must be no physical contact during the sign of peace. A simple gesture, such as a bow or nod, is recommended.
  • Holy Communion is only permitted in the hand. Distribution of Holy Communion from the chalice is prohibited to the assembly.
  • Families and individuals should leave the church in an organized manner wearing masks and observing six feet of distance between other households. Clergy and other ministers may only greet parishioners as they exit the church if they can maintain social distancing and avoid physical contact. There are to be no receptions or social gatherings (e.g., coffee and doughnuts) following Mass.

Archdiocese Directives Regarding Catholic Cemeteries

Please click HERE for the Archdiocese directives regarding Catholic Cemeteries effective June 19, 2020.