Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions at Seton
Dear Members of the Seton Parish Family,
As you may know, the governor has announced that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted throughout New York State. New York State's health guidance and industry specific guidelines – including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing – are now optional for businesses and other organizations, including houses of worship.
As per the state’s implementation of the recent CDC strategies, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals. In addition, the state’s health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, and pre-K to grade 12 schools.
Given this, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese has announced that, in our churches and gathering spaces:
Masks are no longer required to be worn during church services by those who are fully vaccinated. Churches should continue to maintain a “physical distance section” for those individuals who wish to utilize such accommodations regardless of their vaccination status.
The sign of peace may now be offered again.
Using the above guidance from the Archdiocese, we here at Seton will continue to relax our rules as well. Starting this week:
Fully vaccinated people will no longer be asked to wear masks in church or meeting spaces.
Ushers will have masks for the unvaccinated and those who would like to use them.
Holy water fonts will continue to remain empty. Holy water is available from the dispenser by the sacristy.
We will continue to have a “physical distance section” by the sanctuary. Please do not sit in the areas marked by blue tape.
The Sign of Peace will resume. Please greet one another in a safe manner.
For now, those distributing Holy Communion will continue to wear masks and follow
We will not resume the offertory gifts procession and passed basket collections at this time.
First and second collections may be dropped in the collection boxes or sent to the rectory office. Online giving may be accessed on our website:
We will continue to engage in enhanced cleaning of the church and all gathering places.
Please continue to use your best judgment (especially members of the at-risk populations) about coming to church. Those who feel sick in any way should not enter the church, offices or meeting rooms.
Cardinal Dolan has indicated that the obligation to attend Mass on Saturday afternoon/Sunday remains in effect for those who are healthy and well.
Those Catholics who cannot attend Mass because of age, sickness, disability, or other serious reasons are excused, as always. Those who feel they are at heightened risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 are also excused. Individuals in these situations are urged to make Sundays holy at home and to pray, read the Scriptures, view televised or livestreamed Masses, and participate in acts of charity. Here at Seton the daily 9:00am and the Sunday 11:00am Masses are livestreamed on our website:
Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation during these challenging times. The health and well-being of all has been and continues to be our paramount concern.
May our gracious Lord continue to bless and protect you and your loved ones.
on Wednesday, June 16 at 9:45PM