Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Churches


May 27, 2021

From the Office of the Bishop:

"In keeping with advice from the CDC, and the local authorities, the following guidelines replace previous Covid rules.

Beginning Friday, May 28, people in the congregation are not required to wear a mask. People are free to wear a mask for personal protection or as a courtesy to the vulnerable. People are still encouraged to practice safe distancing in the pews.

Dispensation from the obligation to attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday or Saturday evening:

1) Keep in mind, the bishop cannot dispense from Divine Law. The Ten Commandments require us to keep the Lord’s Day holy. From the beginning, Christians have obeyed this commandment by attending the Eucharist on Sunday, the day of the Resurrection. We are also required by Divine Law to refrain from work if possible and to avoid commerce if possible.

2) Beginning on Sunday, June 6, the dispensation from attending the Divine Liturgy is revoked within the Eparchy of Passaic. Watching a livestream does not fulfill the obligation to attend the Eucharist.

3) Just as before the pandemic, anyone is relieved of the obligation for a serious reason such as sickness, immobility, fear, caring for someone else, to protect your own health or the health of others."

More information is posted on the announcement boards in our churches.