Updated COVID-19 Directives

Recommendations for a Safe and Holy Christmas Season

December 14, 2021

As we prepare for the Christmas season, we anticipate many people and families celebrating at our parishes. It is a good idea to ensure that our facilities are prepared for those who are coming. Parishioners should be informed of precautions being taken to make them feel comfortable in attending.

The following is a list of ideas that may be helpful in your parish. Pastors, and parish staff need to determine the best course for their particular community.

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Archdiocese Updates COVID-19 Policy for 2021-2022 School Year

September 2, 2021

The Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Newark, which includes 74 elementary and high schools in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties, has announced its COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2021 – 2022 school year, which begins on September 8, 2021.

The safety of our students remains a top priority, as does our mission to provide academic excellence guided by Catholic values. We want to ensure that everyone in our schools, especially children, faculty, and staff, are as safe as possible, and that our elementary and high schools remain open for in-person learning with minimal disruptions. Click here to continue reading

Statement of the Archdiocese of Newark Regarding Vaccination Exemption

August 27, 2021

The Archdiocese of Newark does not provide a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pope Francis has urged people to get vaccinated, calling it “an act of love” and a “profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable.” Similarly, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faiththe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and numerous other Catholic dioceses have issued statements supporting the morality of receiving the vaccine. As such, the Archdiocese of Newark has advised its clergy not to support a religious exemption for the people entrusted in their pastoral care.  We encourage all within our Catholic community to observe all applicable health and safety mandates and to remain mindful of the welfare of others.

Updated Directives

June 28, 2021

Updated Directives During the Covid-19 Pandemic For the weekend of July 3-4, 2021: 

Click here to read the latest directives, including guidance on the lifting of indoor gathering limits as of June 28. 

All liturgical ministries may return to full service. Masks are no longer required for all vaccinated ministers. Communion on the tongue is now permitted. Baptismal fonts and holy water receptacles may be filled. 

Refer to the directives for details about these and many other other changes. 

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