March 26th, 2020 Coronavirus guideline.
My brothers and sisters in the Lord!
In following the guidelines of Cardinal Tobin and the Archdiocese of Newark as well as Governor Murphy and the State of New Jersey , I continue to keep you updated on the many things that are happening here our parish primarily for the safety of you, the faithful . I feel I have been able to keep you updated to what is happening to the best of my ability. As you know, Fr. Mauro, Fr. Francesco and I have been in quarantine, mainly because of the possibility on being in close association with both parishioners as well as persons outside of the parish. One can never be sure who might be infected or a carrier of the Coronavirus. Our quarantine ends this weekend.
Since it was announced that there were cases here in Nutley as well as in neighboring towns, we have been busy taking every precaution to make this a safe environment. I share with you all that has been happening here on the parish grounds. Once our main church was closed, immediate cleaning and sanitation took place. Once Cardinal Tobin ordered that all buildings be closed, the work began in the Parish Center. I am happy say that both the main church and Parish Center are now cleaned and sanitized and will remain closed until further notice.
We will move on to the St. Joseph Center and rectory food pantry and continue the process. Ms. Jaclyn Pilat, our school principal, is in the process of having the school cleaned and sanitized so that our school children will be safe upon their return.
We are doing all for your safety and peace of mind for when we once again open our doors. In doing so, we need to follow and obey the guidelines of the Archdiocese and do exactly what needs to be done in order to be on the same page. And right it is our duty to assure you the Faithful , with a safe and healthy environments when we reopen our parish buildings.
Attached you will find photos of work which has been completed including having the HVAC system vents flushed and cleaned. This will allow our system to work more efficiently with a cleaner air quality and flow.
We ask that you be patient at this time. What we are going through together with the rest of the world is carrying our own Lenten Cross. Jesus was patient during his suffering and so was his Mother, Mary. Fr. Mauro, Fr. Francesco & I suffer also for not seeing you and not being able to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with you. We will come out of this stronger and better than ever.
We are mercifully grateful and dependent on your ongoing generosity of envelope mailings., online Parish Giving we encourage you to sign up for it, information is in the bulletin. The GoFundMe appeal has also been going very well. We are presently past $4,000.00 . thanks you, thank you, thank you.
Peace and prayers always;
Fr. Joe Ferraro, Pastor