Sunday, October 25, 2020 UTC

COMPLIANCE LIST FOR PARISH DURING PANDEMIC

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Compliance List for the Parish to remain open during the Pandemic.

As a reminder, in person attendance is limited to 50 percent capacity.  Visitors should email the church at [email protected] if you wish to attend Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.  Parishioners, if they have not already indicated they want to attend Liturgy in person, should contact the church office.

  • Parishioners who are considered “high risk,” and more vulnerable to the virus should consider not attending Liturgy in the church and continue to participate via Facebook.
  • Parishioners are dispensed from attending Divine Liturgy on Sunday and Holy Days.
  • A face mask covering mouth and nose MUST be worn during Divine Liturgy, which should be removed before receiving Holy Communion.
  • Please bring your own mask as the church has a limited number available.
  • Social distancing (6 feet) of people not living in the same household should be followed. A family living together can sit in the same area.
  • Please refrain from physical contact.
  • Please sanitize hands when entering and leaving church.
  • There will be no Agape meal in the hall after Liturgy.
  • Please maintain social distancing after Liturgy.
  • A collection basket is under the Tetrapod for your weekly donation. You may also mail in your donation or donate online via our website.
  • As you approach Fr. Vasyl for communion, please state your name.

Compliance Items List

Church Services and Sacraments

  1. All persons attending services at our Church must bring and wear a mask inside the church. Parents shall use their best discretion to ensure their children are safe and not in any distress caused by wearing a mask. If your child cannot wear a mask, then social distancing applies and the children needs to stay with their parents. There will be a supply of masks for those who do not have one in the Narthex.

Note: CDC guidelines recommend that children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.

  1. All Parishioners are dispensed from their Sunday obligation but by Divine Law must keep the Lord’s Day Holy and pray (if you can, participate in the live stream from Church).
  2. We will continue to venerate icons without kissing or touching them, there will be no distribution of the Antidoron, nor kissing of crosses or chalice.
  3. Parishioners should stay in their designated areas and not move around in the church. Parents have to be mindful that their children need to stay with them at all times.
  4. Candles may not be handled by everyone; they may be placed in sand with a candle already lit; a person can then light one candle without touching the others in the sand.
  5. Confession must be heard at a distance of no less than six feet.
  6. Christian Mysteries of Initiation shall be done with the immediate family only. If guests will attend, please get approval from the Pastor/Administrator.
  7. A special instruction will be provided at each Divine Liturgy reminding people to open their mouths wide and do not contact the spoon. If the spoon touches a parishioners mouth, it must be removed from service and disinfected. Parents must instruct their children not to touch the spoon. All spoons must be clean and disinfected before and after each Divine Service.

Ushers

  1. We must have two ushers to open doors for people coming to church to minimize contact to surfaces.
  2. Two ushers need to show people where to stand/sit. One at the Exit Door and one in the Narthex Entrance.
  3. An usher will help people exiting the Church.

Social Distancing

  1. Nave shall be sectioned off to provide social distancing spaces.
  2. Markers shall be placed in the aisle six feet apart showing where people can stand for Holy Communion.
  3. There will be no gathering in the hall for our traditional Agape Meal after Divine Liturgy and the Hall is closed indefinitely.
  4. The Collection basket must remain in a place accessible for those donating and not move around.  Parishioners  may continue to mail in their donation as well.
  5. After Divine Liturgy or any other service, the faithful are encouraged to maintain social distancing outside the church.

Cleaning-Sanitizing

  1. Books, magazines, papers, etc., must be removed from the Narthex and Nave and stored in a safe place.
  2. A supply of hand sanitizer and rubber gloves shall be in the Narthex and Nave. Parishioners may bring their own.
  3. A supply of disinfectant for cleaning surfaces after services will be provided. A cleaning checklist for after services will be available for designated cleaning personnel
  4. There shall be designated people assigned to disinfect the Church; clergy will clean the Altar area.
  5. Where applicable, a window may be opened to provide fresh air. Widows will remain closed during days of high heat and humidity.

Administration

  1. An email shall be sent out once a week to all parishioners encouraging them to stay home if they are of high risk or if they are ill or exhibit symptoms.
  2. The bulletin will be electronic only.
  3. Liturgical Propers will be supplied and then discarded. Parishioners may bring their own.
  4. HVAC filters changed regularly.

From the office of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church
Glory be to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!

 

NOV 1 & 14: 2020 NATIONAL BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CONVENTION – GROWING A VIBRANT BYZANTINE CHURCH

NOV 1: VIRTUAL CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT  CONVENTION WEBSITE. Here: https://byzantineconvention.com/

NOV 14: LIVE EVENT PANEL DISCUSSIONS: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM VIA ZOOM WEBINAR.

VIRTUAL NBCC FLYER: NBCC-Flyer

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-national-byzantine-catholic-convention-tickets-117754670389

Virtual National Byzantine Catholic Convention: Growing a Vibrant Byzantine Church which will focus on 6 key dimensions of parish life: Word, Worship, Charity, Unity, Mission and Leadership.

This convention will have two parts.

1.     Pre-Recorded Convention Presentations – made available beginning November 1st.

There will be pre-recorded speaker presentations are from outstanding speakers on the topics of Word, Worship, Charity, Unity, Mission, and Leadership. Individuals, families, and parishes are encouraged to watch these 30-minute videos before the live event.

2.     Live Event Panel Discussions – Saturday, November 14th . 

On Saturday, November 14, we will host a live event via Zoom with three panel discussions on the themes of:

·    “Growing in Word and Worship as a Byzantine Church”

·    “Growing in Charity and Unity as a Byzantine Church”

·    “Growing in Mission and Leadership as a Byzantine Church.”

All participants will have access to the recorded talks, panel discussions and catechetical resources for the full year.

OCT 23 & 25: COMMEMORATION OF JAMES – APOSTLE & BROTHER OF THE LORD & 21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

LazarusRichMan008587WM__18323_1380317590_1280_1280 OCT 25: CONFESSION – 8:30AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM (STREAM-LINED ON FACEBOOK).

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Streaming via Facebook Live.  https://www.facebook.com/saintscyrilandmethodius/

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

This Sunday’s Gospel is Luke: 16: 19-31, the parable about The Rich Man and Lazarus. The Parable begins “There was a certain rich man” – note, the rich man doesn’t have a name.  No name is provided in this parable because such a man is not worthy to be remembered by God. The Lord says, through the prophet, “nor will I make remembrance of their names through My lips.” “On the other hand, the Lord mentions the poor man by name, for the names of the righteous are inscribed in the book of life.”  The greatest value of this story is to teach us about mercy and the value of suffering. “The Lord, then, fashioned this story to teach those who show no mercy and give no alms what punishments await them, and to teach those who are suffering what good things they will enjoy on account of the sufferings they patiently endure in this life.”

On October 23rd we commemorate James – Apostle and Brother of the Lord. James was the son of Righteous Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos. After the Ascension of the Lord, Saint James was the first bishop of Jerusalem, gaining the great esteem not only of Christians, but also among Jews. He wrote an epistle which is part of the New Testament. St. James is commemorated on October 23; on December 26 and also on the first Sunday after the Nativity, along with David the King and St. Joseph; and on January 4 among the Seventy Apostles.